According to the Census 2011 data on houses, household amenities and assets of Madhya Pradesh, more than 70% families in the central state defecate in open even as the number of mobile/telephone users has gone up by 920% in the last decade.
The report was released yesterday by the director of census operation Sachin Sinha.
The report says 71.2% families in Madhya Pradesh have no toilet facility at their premises as against 28.2% families who have lavatories at their residences.
The percentage of families lacking the basic facility has, however, come down marginally from 76% as was the case in 2001 enumeration.
As far as bathroom facility is concerned, the report says that only 25.8% families have enclosed bathrooms while 21.4 have them without any roof over it.
On drainage front, 30.1% of population use open drainage, while 60.1% families have no facility for drainage whereas only 9.8% families have this facility in their houses.
The issue of enclosed toilets in Madhya Pradesh recently hogged limelight when a tribal woman, Anita Narre, virtually risked her marriage by refusing to return to her husband's place as it lacks the facility.
The number of mobile/telephone users has gone up by 920% in the last decade with 46% families now using them for communication.