TIRUCHY: Officials of the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) in the district are focusing on sanitation issues in rural areas to avoid open defecation.
Officials said that though most of the households in the rural areas have toilet rooms, but they rarely use the facility.
Ironically some of them have converted the toilets into storage rooms, District Rural Development Agency officials added.
Though officials had provided the households with all necessary building materials to those homes that lack the toilets facility, a number of beneficiaries have turned blind eye and yet to create the facility.
“We are constantly sentising the villagers to the importance of toilets and instructing them to construct the room in their houses. To add to our shock, we learnt that many of them have converted the unused toilets into storage rooms,” said an official from District Rural Development Agency.
The official added that they have continuously been instructing village panchayat presidents and officials to look into the matter.
Further, they have instructed them to create awareness on the ill-effects of open defecation.
Assistant Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, R Dhandapani told Express that “We are of the hope that we can create awareness on sanitary issues and health hazards due to open defecation among rural folks and put an end to it.”
Dhandapani further added that block and panchayat level workers have been instructed to strictly advicce villagers to have toilets in their houses and use it.
It might be recalled that the objective of the last Gram Sabha meeting was ‘sanitation’.