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Now toilets scheme for urban areas

A senior UD ministry official said the plan to build toilets in urban areas will be done through the state governments.

Written by Vijaita Singh | New Delhi | Updated: September 15, 2014 9:02 am

After unveiling a plan for toilets in rural areas, the NDA government has decided to extend the project in cities and towns.

The Urban Development ministry is working on an ambitious project that will ensure toilets to all the people living in urban areas.

The scheme is likely to benefit slum dwellers and people living in unauthorised colonies who do not have access to basic sanitation facilities.

According to the latest National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data, nearly 12 per cent of urban population still does not have access to toilets and the government will give an assistance of Rs 10,000 per family to build toilets near their homes.

“We are giving final shape to the proposal of building toilets also in urban areas, specially slums. We will be soon moving the Cabinet and disbursing the money required to build toilets to each household through the states,” said Shankar Aggarwal, secretary, Urban Development.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already invited suggestions for the Swachh Bharat Mission to be launched on October 2 on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

A senior UD ministry official said the plan to build toilets in urban areas will be done through the state governments.

“The states will be an important part of the scheme. The money allocated by the Centre will not be directly given out to households. There will be active state participation where we will give them incentives to encourage people with no access to toilets to build one,” said a senior official.
The government is also looking at innovative technologies to build toilets that do not occupy much space.

“A survey will be done through each municipal body and people will be made aware about the government’s scheme. The local municipal corporation will (also) be involved. There will be another layer of checks and balances to see the money is not misused or is embezzled. All these things are under consideration,” said an official.

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    Sonny Joseph
    Sep 16, 2014 at 7:42 am
    Guess what!..? Now that we in India have a strong and resolute Leadership that is openly acknowledging the filth that has been strewn around, let those of us who honor and cherish our Motherland first and foremost be Thankful to GOD ALMIGHTY For this very special Blessing of "New Hope" that seems tangible..even across the Seas!! Now, as to the move for Toilets in Rural&Urban Areas across India, here is an earnest plea to not take the "sarkaari" route. SARKAAR NE "POLICY" CLEARLY SPELL-OUT KARKAY, only Prayokik Support (for implementation) dhaynay mei, aur "REGULATORY"-function nibhaanay mei hee rahnaa chaahiye. Indeed, Private Enterprise must be tapped (which within a favorable 'growth' environment is to be found in abundance..A great hallmark of and Blessing for India!)..Throw out the challenge for them to match The Government's Grit and Determination with their superlative performance: The EXPECTATION is not just a brick mortar and sanitary fixtures contraption that is to be constructed, BUT, the full complement of its Usage Awareness TRAINING, Functional Maintenance, and CLEANLINESS UPKEEP through the involvement of users in a Joint Ownership Program of TOILETS MANAGEMENT. This will be a home-grown PUBLIC-PRIVATE-PARTNERSHIP model that will be unique and pioneering on many accounts..an achievement to flaunt..worldwide!!So I plead with the Urban Development Ministry and those others operating the commendable "Swachh Bharat Mission", to not embark on 'just another' expenditure-project, but make it into one that is geared to purpose-oriented "effectiveness".. ..a project that socio-culturally is a paradigm shift with immeasurable multi-benefits to be derived: We are going to spend a considerable sum of money from the Financial Exchequer. Let's spend a little time first thinking it through, establishing clear and transparently measurable attainment objectives, and then following through with time-tabled strategic implementation: Just sound out our Nation-loving, people-loving Prime Minister Mr.Modi: Be sure He will immediately identify with what's being envisaged here!!...and add a few ideas of his own too...GOD Bless The Effort!!!
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      Sonny Joseph
      Sep 15, 2014 at 12:57 pm
      Please, please, Please Mr.Modi: I earnestly entreat you to not go the 'populist' and "sarkaari" route in this Very Important "'TOILETS' Scheme"..When You pointed out this mega-deficiency from the ramparts of the very Birth-Venue of This Great Country's Independence from colonial rule on August 15th, Maano ji, har ek Desh-premi ke dilom mei ek naya 'thadap-thadap' aap ne jagaayaa..jiski swar kaanom ko sangeet sunaayee, aur dilom mei nayi aag jalaayee!Not for a moment am i suggesting that our Public 'Servants' are incapable..on the contrary, in an earlier post, i believe i referred to them as a great ocean of talent and resource. BUT, in order to measure up to their full potential, the large majority need to be re-primed from their apathetic yesterdays to the promise filled tomorrows..Is ke liye, unnathi ki lakshya, kadhin-adhwaan, aur ek pavithra roop ki "commitment" chaahiye..Dhay dhoe in Vyakthiyom ko, a new and different platform of experience, and see the heights to which they will rise..they will function in ways we would never have imagined they are capable of..So please Mr.Modi, let me end this discourse with the promise to respond to your "Swachh Bharat Mission" with a step-by-step road-map suggestion on how perhaps You could 'EFFECTIVELY' move forward, Your "Urban&Rural Toilets" Truly G Scheme..sure, there could be, would be much much better suggestions than what I might put forward..Surely, a combination of the best that would Create THE BEST for Our Country should be put together and implemented..! In the meanwhile, please Mr.MODI, please do not decide on the 'sarkaari'-route..! ...JAI HIND!! ...and, GOD Bless!!!
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