Ensure every house in villages has a toilet: Eshwarappa

Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa on Monday urged zilla, taluk and gram panchayat members to convince people in rural areas about the importance of cleanliness and hygiene and make them construct toilets in their houses.

“As elected representatives, it is your duty to convince people to have a toilet in their houses. Ensure that every house in your village has a toilet before your tenure ends,” he said.

Mr. Eshwarappa, who also holds the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj and Revenue portfolios, was addressing panchayat members after launching the State-level ‘Swachata Utsav’, as part of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan Yojana here.

Along with the elected representatives, the youth should also take the responsibility of creating awareness among people in this regard, he said.

G. Somashekara Reddy, MLA and chairman of the Karnataka Milk Federation, who presided, underlined the need to ensure proper water supply and sanitation in rural areas. He suggested that each panchayat could procure a suction machine for maintaining toilets in villages.

Manjunath Nayak, chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat, explained the advantages of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan Yojana under which a subsidy of Rs. 4,700 was being given to below the poverty line families, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities, small and marginal farmers, women, and persons with disabilities to get individual toilets constructed. In addition, wages for 26 days amounting to Rs. 4,500 a month would be given under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act by the Union government. A publicity campaign would be undertaken in the district to create awareness about the utsav.

Legislators M.S. Somalingappa, K. Nemiraj Nayak and Chandra Nayak, Mayor C. Ibrahim and Deputy Commissioner Amlan Aditya Biswas were present.

  • Scheme is a part of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan Yojana of the Union government

  • Publicity campaign to be undertaken to create awareness about the utsav