Press Esc to close
Friday 29 April 2016
News updated at 2:43 AM IST
Weather
Max: 36.2°C
Min : 23.4°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Centre would fund scheme to eradicate dry toilets

New Delhi, Nov 23, 2012, DHNS

The Centre would provide financial support to states to eradicate dry toilets in the country, under a centrally sponsored scheme amounting to Rs 367 crore in the next two years.

"The total cost of this project is estimated at Rs 481.45 crore of which the central share will be of Rs 367.33 crore. The rest will be borne by state governments and beneficiaries," Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Ajay Maken told reporters here.

The revised guidelines of the Integrated Low Cost Sanitation scheme envisages conversion of all existing dry toilets into twin pit flush latrines, as well as construction of new toilets for economically weaker households where latrines do not exist in urban areas across the country.

According to the Census 2011, there are a total of 2.08 lakh dry latrines in urban areas which are cleaned by manual scavengers.  "I would be writing to all chief ministers requesting them to take steps to end this practice," Maken added.

Manual scavenging has been banned in the country under the Employment of Manual Scavenging and Construction of Dry Latrine (Prohibition) Act, 1993.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
ISRO's PSLV-C33 carrying India's navigation satellite, the IRNSS-1G lifts off successfully...

ISRO's PSLV-C33 carrying India's navigation satellite, the IRNSS-1G lifts off successfully...

Pranab Mukherjee with Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, GCL, GCMG, KSt. J., GG of Papua New Guinea...

Pranab Mukherjee with Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, GCL, GCMG, KSt. J., GG of Papua New Guinea...

A man takes a photo of the mummified body of revered Buddhist monk Fu Hou in Quanzhou city...

A man takes a photo of the mummified body of revered Buddhist monk Fu Hou in Quanzhou city...

A farmer walk with a calf on parched lake bed at drought-hit Hukunda near Chikmagalur...

A farmer walk with a calf on parched lake bed at drought-hit Hukunda near Chikmagalur...

Visitors taking selfie with Apple at ‘Apple exhibition cum sales mela’ organised by HOPCOMS...

Visitors taking selfie with Apple at ‘Apple exhibition cum sales mela’ organised by HOPCOMS...

A visitor takes photos of a BMW 328, produced from 1936 to 1940, on display at GUM...

A visitor takes photos of a BMW 328, produced from 1936 to 1940, on display at GUM...

In this photo taken with a fish-eye lens, Volkswagen cars are presented to media...

In this photo taken with a fish-eye lens, Volkswagen cars are presented to media...

The London Eye, in central London, is illuminated in the colours of the Brazilian flag...

The London Eye, in central London, is illuminated in the colours of the Brazilian flag...

A pair of ducks in river Brahmaputra in Guwahati...

A pair of ducks in river Brahmaputra in Guwahati...

A 23-day-old hamadryas baboon plays with a stuffed toy at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens...

A 23-day-old hamadryas baboon plays with a stuffed toy at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens...