67% of rural India lacks sanitation facilities

A WHO report update has revealed that 67% of rural households do not have toilets and these people practice open defecation. When asked about the problem, the Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Jairam Ramesh stated that states had been allotted with funds to build sanitation facilities and they had reported that 60% of the rural households did have proper toilets. He accused the states of fudging the statistics and said that most of the states could not be expected to be made open defecation-free before 2022. We are making an honest effort, he said. According to the WHO report, Indians top the list and account for 59% of all people in the practice in the world, more than double the number of the next 18 countries combined.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2012 on page no. 4

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