Assam, Mizoram, West Bengal get grant for rural sanitation

April 19th, 2010 - 7:02 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The central government has released grants to Assam, Mizoram and West Bengal to ensure total sanitation that includes doing away with the practice of open defecation in rural areas.
“The ministry of rural development has released grant in aid worth Rs.564.03 lakh to two districts in Assam under the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC). The grant has been released to Rajiv Gandhi Rural Water and Sanitation Mission, Assam, an agency executing the works for Rural Sanitation Programme in the state,” an official statement said Monday.

Similarly, the ministry released a grant of Rs.277.84 lakh to five districts of Mizoram and Rs.580 lakh to four districts of West Bengal under the TSC of the Central Rural Sanitation Programme.

The TSC is a comprehensive programme to ensure sanitation facilities in rural areas with a broader goal to eradicate the practice of open defecation.

“The TSC follows a principle of ‘low to no subsidy’ where a nominal subsidy in the form of incentive is given to rural poor households for construction of toilets,” the statement added.

The campaign also lays emphasis on spreading awareness of the issue.

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