After Modi’s call, Karnataka to be first state in country to give right to toilet

The government has suddenly asked the draft committee to finalise the draft bill, said a source.

Written by Harsha Raj Gatty | Bangalore | Updated: August 24, 2014 4:28 am
If passed, Karnataka will be the first state in the country to have such a law. If passed, Karnataka will be the first state in the country to have such a law.

Days after PM Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech spoke about the difficulties faced by women in rural areas in the absence of toilets at their homes, the Congress government in Karnataka is quietly giving finishing touches to a new legislation that makes toilets mandatory across the state.

The Siddaramaiah government is planning to table the Karnataka Sanitary Facility Guarantee Bill 2014 in the winter session of assembly, and if passed, Karnataka will be the first state in the country to have such a law.

The draft Bill proposes stringent penalties on local authorities for failing to ensure toilet facilities at public places and at homes. Sources involved in the drafting of the Bill told The Sunday Express that the PM’s call for a toilet revolution stirred the Congress government in the state to put the process of finalising the Bill on the fast track. “There is a national sentiment for better hygienic conditions in the country and this has resulted in increased activity on the sanitary facility Bill proposed in Karnataka. The government has suddenly asked the draft committee to finalise the draft bill,” a source said.

A copy of the draft Bill, which is in public circulation, speaks of bringing the entire state under its ambit, including private and public buildings. According to the draft Bill, bus stops, stadiums,wedding halls, cinema houses, offices and temporary establishments must make toilet provisions in order to obtain clearance for functioning from the local authority.

The Bill proposes that the government would construct toilets for families with annual income below Rs 1.25 lakh, single women and disabled individuals living independently. It proposes a penalty of Rs 100 on local authorities for each day of delay — up to a maximum of Rs 10,000 — in building toilets for the poor once the toilets are sanctioned.

The proposed law will be pushed as “an Act to guarantee sanitary facilities and a life with dignity especially for rural women and to provide a healthy environment free from ill-effects of open defecation”.

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  1. P
    Aug 24, 2014 at 4:03 am
    When toilets are provided, what about the water needed for cleaning the toilet? Will the government make sure that the toilets are useable and water is available. I understand that the exiting toilets are not being used for lack of water.
  2. A
    Aug 24, 2014 at 10:17 am
    Now credit for everything goes to PM ,the cong Govt was planning to do this revolution long time ago now since it is finalised the credit is NAMOs there should be a limit to sycophancy and false propaa which has put this man in India's p top ost
  3. C
    Concerned citizen
    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:01 am
    Fine of just Rs100 a day is a joke, shoul be Rs 5000 a day, that's when things will get rolling
  4. D
    Aug 24, 2014 at 12:52 am
    Right to toilet should also be extended to proper sanitation including water and drainage facility so toilets and surrounding areas are kept clean
  5. G
    Gangu true
    Aug 24, 2014 at 3:06 am
    A democracy enacting right to be alive, right to eat, , and sleep. Has the Congress party not realised the stupidity of the level to which its "rights based approach" has gone down?
  6. N
    Aug 24, 2014 at 10:10 am
    Modi effect.
  7. s
    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:21 am
    Good initiative Kar government, but responsibility does not end with building toilets we need to have sewage treatment plants to process the waste.
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