Open defecation and lack of toilets is not just a major social issue, but also a health issue as well. The Uttar Pradesh government has planned to keep up with its promise of making Uttar Pradesh clean and healthy. The state government has decided to build 1,494 community toilets and 2.41 lakh Izzatghars (toilets) in villages in the first 100 days of the government. This would be done under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
The task will be undertaken by the Panchayati Raj Department. It may be noted here that the state government’s plan to construct house-to-house toilets, which is part of the campaign to make the villages clean, has had a great impact in the last five years. This has not only changed the lives of the village people but the feeling of insecurity has also disappeared from the minds of women.
The construction of toilets has also reduced the risk of diseases to a great extent. It is worth mentioning that the government has made all the Gram Panchayats of the state open defecation free during the last five years. This major achievement was accomplished by constructing 2.18 crore individual toilets. Also, the target of constructing at least one community toilet per Gram Panchayat is being met. Under the scheme, as many as 58,189 community toilets are to be constructed.
According to the official information, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already instructed the officials of the Panchayati Raj department to identify the beneficiaries and create an action plan for the construction of the community toilets and izzatghars in a time-bound manner.