Letters India’s target for rural toilets

Education on hygiene and sanitation is the need of the hour in India

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5059 (Published 13 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5059
  1. Mongjam Meghachandra Singh, professor1,
  2. Reeta Devi, assistant professor2
  1. 1Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi-110002, India
  2. 2School of Health Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi-110068, India
  1. megharita1{at}gmail.com

Even after 66 years of independence, 60% of the rural population of India has no toilet facilities, although the figure is less than 9% in urban India.1 2 India launched the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan national sanitation programme in 1986 with the aim of providing subsidies for building latrines. Since 2001, the Indian government has spent Rs15 000 crore (£1455m; €1830m; $2445m) to build 93.5 …

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