Ummid Assistant

Samsung sets up fund for poor kids' education

US varsity offers doctorate for education professionals

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home National

Total sanitation campaign being seen as 'token', says Ramesh

Friday February 17, 2012 07:37:27 PM, IANS

New Delhi: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Friday said the government's Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) is being seen as a "token sanitation campaign" and the quality of toilets under the scheme needs to be improved to free rural areas from open defecation.

Speaking at the launch of Asia-Pacific Regional MDG Report 2011-12 here, Ramesh said women's self-help groups (SHGs) should give priority to toilets rather than focusing their energies only on income-generating activities.

"The fact is toilets are used as storage godowns. Part of it (the problem) is pathetic money," Ramesh said.

The minister said he would also speak to film-maker Shyam Benegal to make a movie on sanitation as he had done on milk cooperatives. Ramesh noted Benegal's "Manthan" had helped popularise the concept of milk cooperatives among women.

He said construction of quality toilets in rural areas needs Rs.8,000 each while only Rs.3,000 is being provided under the government norms.

The minister said money spent on the Total Sanitation Campaign is a "pittance" and there is a need to elevate "fiscal importance" of water and sanitation issues and look at them in an integrated way.

The TSC is being called "token sanitation campaign", he said.

The TSC is a comprehensive programme to ensure sanitation facilities in rural areas with the main objective of eradicating the practice of open defecation and ensuring a clean environment. Projects under TSC, launched in 1999, have been sanctioned in 607 districts of the country, which has a total of 640 districts.

Ramesh said that certain cultural norms were associated with open defecation, which need to be changed. "It requires efforts, requires community champions (to change habits)," he said.

Sikkim was free of open defecation and Himachal Pradesh was on the way to reach the status, he said.

The minister said if bank linkages are established for backing social infrastructure, there will an improvement in rural sanitation.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Millennium Development Goals report said that the region has made big gains in reducing poverty and is moving fast towards other development goals but still has high levels of hunger as well as child and maternal mortality.









Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS






Top Stories

UN assembly adopts resolution condemning Syria

The 193-nation UN General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution that endorses an Arab League plan calling for him to step aside. The resolution though legally not as strong as passed by the Security  

Death and Defiance in Damascus

Hundreds killed in Homs; wounded denied medical care: HRW


  Most Read

Sena-BJP combine triumph in Mumbai, Thane civic polls, MNS gains

The Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI alliance came up trumps in Mumbai and Thane municipal corporation elections, results of which were announced here Friday. Though the  

Maharashtra Civic Polls: Shiv Sena-BJP alliance take early leads in Mumbai, Thane

45 percent voting in Mumbai civic elections

India brokers deal, Maldives parties agree for early polls

In a triumph of diplomacy, India Thursday succeeded in brokering a political deal in the Maldives, with all political parties agreeing to hold elections "as early as possible", paving the way for a political reconciliation in the island nation that plunged into turmoil after Mohamed Nasheed resigned  


  News Pick

'Ban Gita' court battle restarts in Russia

Hindus in Russia are bracing for a fresh court battle against attempts in the Siberian city of Tomsk to get their sacred 'Bhagavad Gita' branded as "extremist literature" and banned, after the state prosecutors filed  

Almost all major terror cases solved: Government

"Major" terror cases in India since 2000 have been cracked successfully, the government said Thursday strongly rebutting the opposition charges of alleged failure in solving bombings in the country. "The government and   

India may allow Pakistani investments

In a major step forward towards normalising business ties, the Indian government plans to bring changes in the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to  


Picture of the Day

A month-long showcase, "Dawn Upon Delhi: Rise of a Capital", which opened at the NGMA late Monday evening, has now recreated the making of the city of Delhi from the Mutiny of 1857 to the present day with more than 250 rare documents. Part of this collection above is an artist's view of early 19th century Delhi.



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant



Science & Technology



About us




Government Schemes










Contact us




    Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.