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Poor families in Bidar have no toilets



Staff Correspondent

There is a lot to be achieved in the field of hygiene in the district, says a survey

Only 5.7 per cent of families with fairly good economic background have toilets Sampoorna Nairmalya project to be implemented in 39 gram panchayats Aurad has the least number of schools having toilets in Bidar district

Bidar: No poor family has or uses toilet in Bidar district, according to a survey of the density of toilets in the district conducted by the zilla panchayat.

There is not much difference when it comes to families with fairly good economic background.

Only 5.7 per cent of such families have toilets. Most anganawadi centres do not have toilets. Thirty per cent of schools lack toilets.

Eighty per cent of schools for girls do not have the facility.

Sampoorna Nairmalya

The survey, conducted as part of the Sampoorna Nairmalya project, states that there is a lot to be achieved in the field of hygiene in the district.

The project will be implemented in 39 gram panchayats coming under five taluks in the district.

Under the scheme, gram panchayats will help poor families, schools and anganwadi centres to build toilets.

Cost

The Centre will bear 60 per cent of the cost of toilets.

The State Government will give 30 per cent and the beneficiary will have to bear 10 per cent of the cost.

A total of 195 gram panchayats will be covered in four years.

A sum of Rs. 2.28 crores will be spent in the first year. According to the survey, 314 of the 1,040 schools in the district have no toilets.

Least number

Among taluks, Aurad has the least number of schools having toilets. Of the 247 schools, 115 lack this facility. There are 74,630 children in 878 anganwadi centres in the district. Only 22 anganwadis have toilets.

There are 46,527 families in the select 39 gram panchayats. Of them, 29,613 are under the below the poverty line category and 16,914 come under above the poverty line category. Of them, only 969 have toilets.

Training

A sum of Rs. 15 lakhs will be spent on training masons in building toilets.

A sum of Rs. 1.39 lakh has been spent on the survey.