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Rs.61.80 lakh sanctioned for toilets in rural areas

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By the Central government under total santitation campaign

sensitisation: S. Palanisamy, Collector (in-charge), handing over the guide to G. K. Lokeshwari, Project Director, DRDA, in Perambalur on Thursday
sensitisation: S. Palanisamy, Collector (in-charge), handing over the guide to G. K. Lokeshwari, Project Director, DRDA, in Perambalur on Thursday

The Central government has sanctioned Rs.61.80 lakh under the ‘total sanitation campaign' (TSC) for construction of institutional toilets in rural areas in the district, said Collector (in-charge) S. Palanisamy .

Presiding over a function to mark the inaugural of the two-day workshop on ‘millennium development goal number seven – individual household toilets', Mr. Palanisamy said the institutional toilets would be constructed in 108 schools and 300 anganwadis. The unit cost would be Rs. 35,000 for school and Rs. 8,000 for anganwadi. The Collector (in-charge) said the Centre had increased the amount of sanction for the institutional toilet. Till last year, the unit cost was Rs. 20,000 for the school and Rs. 5,000 for the anganwadi.

The work on these toilets would begin within a month, he said. Against the target of 7,008 individual toilets, 4,355 units have been constructed this year. Perambalur was one of the seven districts for the implementation of the ‘millennium development goal number seven for the use of individual toilets'.

The workshop aimed at sensitising teachers, anganwadi workers, rural sanitation employees and lien-department staff to the importance of utilisation of individual toilets. He called upon the women members of self-help groups in the rural pockets to create awareness among the villagers of personal hygiene. Individual toilets protected the environment and avoided pollution, he said.

G.K. Lokeshwari, Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, said steps were being taken to achieve the ‘Millennium development goal' in co-ordination with the UNICEF and ‘Gramalaya', a non-governmental organisation. The individual toilets checked the incidence and spread of epidemics or endemics. Director of Gramalaya, J. Geetha, spoke.

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