Bihar sets 2019 as target to free state of open defecation
Patna: The Bihar government on Thursday admitted it has fallen way behind its target of constructing toilets and said a roadmap was being prepared to make the state free from open defecation by 2019.
Against a target of constructing 12,12,716 toilets in 2013-14, only 1,61,646 toilets could be built in the state, Public Health Engineering Department minister Mahachandra Prasad Singh said in reply to an enquiry of JD(U)`s Izhar Ahmad.
Singh attributed Centre`s low release of money under the MGNREGA scheme to the state as a major reason for failing to fulfil the target.
Opposition BJP blamed former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who was in-charge of the department when the target of building toilets fell short.
Singh said considering the importance of the subject, the department was preparing a roadmap to make Bihar free of open defecation by 2019, well before Centre`s target of 2022.
The roadmap would be put into practise from October 2 on the occasion of Gandhi Jyanti, he said.
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