DWMA flooded with 63,000 applications under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan

The District Water Management Agency (DWMA) has received overwhelming response to Individual Sanitary Latrines (ISLs) to be constructed under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), a comprehensive programme to ensure sanitation facilities in rural areas with broader goal to eradicate the practice of open defecation.

The authorities are flooded with applications primarily due to steep increase in the cost of the ISL.

The Government has pegged the cost at Rs.10,000, while it was around Rs.3,700 per unit earlier.

The people, who availed the similar benefits under other programmes, have also applied for sanction of the ISLs. When contacted, DWMA Project Director V. Hanuma Naik said that the Central government would release a grant of Rs.3,200 for each toilet, while the State’s share would be Rs.1,400. Of the remaining, Rs.4,500 will be drawn from the MGNREGS funds and Rs.900 would be the beneficiary contribution.

As many as 63,000 applications were received in the first phase of the programme. But, on the other side of the coin after the scrutiny, the DWMA found that 31,000 applicants were ineligible.

Many were already beneficiaries of the welfare schemes like Indiramma housing implemented by the Government. The number will further reduce to 20,000 if the field survey is conducted, officials opined.

The Central Government’s flagship sanitation intervention, Total Sanitation Campaign, was rechristened as Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA). It is being implemented in five villages—two or three — in each mandal. In all, 245 villages were selected to achieve the objective of total sanitation.

The district administration has already given administrative sanction for the construction of 7,000 ISLs. The construction of ISLs in these villages is supposed to be completed by April 2013.

There are plans to construct the toilets at the Anganwadi centres in the district and also to cover all the villages in the district in the NBA very soon, he sad.

  • Toilets to be constructed at the Anganwadi centres

  • Only 20,000 applicants are likely to be eligible under the scheme