Pointing out that the current allocation of Rs 10,000 for the construction of a toilet in rural areas was insufficient and “impractical”, Union Minister for Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation Nitin Gadkari on Monday said he will ensure this amount is increased.
“Policies should be connected to the ground reality, only then can they be a success. How can Rs 10,000 be sufficient for constructing a toilet,” Gadkari said. He was speaking at the national conference on Sanitation and Drinking Water held to review schemes with state ministers.
The minister also took potshots at the previous government as he said that the idea of converging MGNREGA with sanitation had failed to take off and that in fact, it was a problem to include such works under the scheme. Earlier this year, the UPA government had widened the scope of its flagship MGNREGA to include works relating to rural sanitation in collaboration with the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyaan (NBA) scheme.
Gadkari underlined the importance of good quality works so that toilets could last upto 30-40 years and laid emphasis on suitable low-cost technology to achieve the goal.