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Updated: July 6, 2014 22:47 IST

1.02 lakh houses in Mandya to get toilets this year

M. T. Shiva Kumar
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Zilla panchayat to launch massive drive today

The zilla panchayat (ZP) will launch a massive drive to popularise the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) programme in rural areas of the district on Monday.

The ZP plans to provide individual toilets to 1.02 lakh households during 2014–15. Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj H.K. Patil is expected to inaugurate the drive in Keelara.

Rohini Sindhuri Dasari, Chief Executive Officer of ZP, said that as per a baseline survey 2012, there are 3,74,445 households in the district. Of this, only 1,23,156 households have individual toilets.

She told presspersons here on Sunday that the ZP aimed to achieve 100 per cent results within the financial year. The district has seven taluks, comprising of 1,658 villages. But only 17,033 households constructed toilets in the previous financial year, the CEO said.

She told The Hindu that the panchayat would construct two toilets in every village on the inaugural day.

We will motivate people to avail themselves of the benefits of the NBA project, she said.

Expressing confidence of reaching the goal, Ms. Dasari said that data had already been collected from Panchayat Development Officers and other officials concerned.

A below poverty line (BPL) family will get Rs. 4,700 under the NBA and Rs. 5,400 under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act for the construction of individual toilets.

The ZP will give incentives to ‘Svachata Dootaru’ (sanitation representatives), and anganwadi and ASHA workers to motivate the public for the success of the campaign, the officer said.

ZP Deputy Secretary H.P. Mahesh was present.

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