AS THE Panchkula administration vies to make the district free of open defecation by April 15, Rampur Jangi in Pinjore block has become the first village in the district to have a toilet facility in every house.
Situated 13 km ahead of Pinjore on the Baddi road, Rampur Jangi has around 250 houses, out of which over 87 houses did not have toilets and villagers preferred to defecate in the open. However, following the campaign started by the administration under Deputy Commissioner Mandeep Singh Brar, residents were encouraged to come forward and build toilets in their houses to put an end to the practice of open defecation.
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“We are proud that our village has become part of Swachhta Abhiyan. It took time, but now every village resident understands how important it is to have a toilet facility at home. No more diseases, and no more sanitation issues,” said Pradeep Kumar, sarpanch, Rampur Jangi.
The village has also been adopted by Kalka MLA Latika Sharma.
Ranging from early morning visits by volunteers to deter people from defecating in the open to regular meetings with village
representatives, the administration has been adopting various ways to achieve the target by April 15.
“Our volunteers are spread out in all the villages and motivating people to stop defecating in open, because it causes health hazards in the long run. Residents of this village have been very proactive and were able to achieve the target much before,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner Hema Sharma, requesting residents of other villages to participate in the campaign.
A function was held at the village on Friday to celebrate the occasion. Recently, a resident of Dudhgarh village in Morni had set an example by selling his buffalo to arrange money to build a toilet for his family.