The State government has to still build 56 lakh toilets to cover all families in Karnataka, said Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister H K Patil.
Replying to B R Patil of KJP in the Assembly here on Thursday, he said, “The government formulated plans to build 6 lakh toilets in the next five years. The Philippines government adopted the Karnataka model and provided toilets to almost everyone there; but it has not been implemented effectively in Karnataka. The government has sent a proposal to the Centre to fund the building of 533 toilets.”
Patil said the government plans to give incentive to panchayats who build maximum number of community toilets where construction of individual toilets was not possible due to space crunch. The panchayats were asked to request local MLAs and MPs to release money from their funds to build toilets in their villages. Till date, 22,30,317 individual toilets had been constructed for BPL families in rural areas under the ‘Nirmal Bharath Abhiyan’ programme.