Mandya: Half the population uses fields for toilets

Sampoorna Swacchata Andolana by centre has fallen flat here

Only 51.42 per cent of families have toilets at their residences, according to the officials reports released in October, 2010.  

Excreting in open areas, as it is happening since ages, had continued in several villages. Though the Centrally sponsored Sampoorna Swacchata Andolana was implemented in the district since 2005, the progress on this work has left a lot to be desired. The last date for termination of this programme is 2012.

There are 1369 villages in 232 Gram Panchayats of the district, but success of sanitation improvement programme far from satisfactory. However, the government schools and colleges of the district are equipped with toilets, which is the only satisfactory aspect of this programme.

Infact, the Union Government is giving  ` 3000 for below poverty line beneficiaries for construction of toilets, but only few BPL families are utilising this. Even the efforts of the government is on to publicise this programme by organising street plays, holding exhibitions, distributing pamphlets and other publicity materials urging people to construct toilets has not yielded any fruitful results.

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