Bengal Rural Toilets: A Model For India


Kolkata: While the Centre’s much-publicised Swachh Bharat Abhiyan hasn’t yet hit top gear across the country, Bengal has stolen an another feather in his cap. The contruction of Bengal rural toilets becoming the country’s model toilet declared by Central Government.

The work of constructing toilets in the areas under the various panchayats of the state has been 95 per cent completes in the state over the past two years, in comparison to 68 t0 70 per cent for the other states.

The panchayats have not just stopped at just constructing toilets. They have undertaken extensive public awareness campaigns to ensure that people get fully rid of their habit of defecating in the open.
The Mission is named as Mission Nirmal Bangla and Nadia was India’s first district that was declared ODF. In Bengal, so far eight districts have been declared ODF – Nadia, South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, Purba Bardhaman, Paschim Bardhaman, Cooch Behar, Hooghly and Purba Medinipur.

Even a few days back, officials of the Union Rural Development Ministry visited the state and closely observed the work being done in this regard by some of the panchayats. They were very impressed and gave glowing tributes to the state in their report to the Central Government.

The State Panchayats and Rural Development Minister, Subrata Mukherjee has said 100 per cent of the work of constructing toilets in rural households would be completed by the end of financial year (FY) 2018-19. Eight districts have been made fully open defecation free (ODF) while six more would become so soon.

And now like with other projects of the State Government, it has been decided to use the services of artistes enlisted with the Lok Prasar Prakalpa for spreading word on the benefits of using permanent toilets at homes.