Moving forward on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for building toilets for girls in every school, HRD minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday asked the states to meet the target by July next year.
Addressing the state education secretaries meet, she requested them to “prepare an action plan for construction of toilets in all government schools so that the goal set by Prime Minister for providing all government schools with toilets within one year becomes a reality”.
The government has already identified the schools which are without toilets in every district down to the block. Around 50% of the schools without toilets are in six states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.
Union education secretary, R Bhattacharya, said the government discussed strategy to tap CSR funds from corporates for the purpose with the states.
Minister for drinking water and sanitation, Nitin Gadkari, also prepared a Cabinet note for enhancement of monetary support for building different categories of rural toilets in the country.
Under the new proposal, rural households without sanitation will get Rs 15,000 each for constructing toilets while schools will get Rs 54,000 for same purpose.