World Toilet Summit begins in New DelhiNovember 14th, 2007 - 8:11 am ICT by admin
Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh expressed hope on the opening day that by 2012 India will be free of defecation in open and will also be able to meet the international commitments in this regard.
Addressing the Summit, Singh said that his ministry is leading one of the much-appreciated programmes like Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), for promoting rural sanitation in the country.
Accordingly, the central plan outlay for rural sanitation has also been increased from Rs.740 crore in 2006-07 to Rs.1060 crore in the current year marking an increase of 43 per cent over the previous year.
Today, the programme has crossed Rs. 12,000 crore mark in its total outlay making it one of the largest sanitation programmes in the world, he added.
According to estimates, 2.6bn people around the world lack access to a hygienic toilet.
The United Nations hopes to halve this figure by 2015 as part of its millennium development goals.
In India alone, more than 700 million people have no access to toilets, which have proper waste disposal systems, the BBC wrote. (ANI)
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