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Realtime monitoring system of toilets to be launched today

A nationwide "realtime monitoring" system of toilets constructed under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan will be launched on Thursday.



New Delhi: A nationwide "realtime monitoring" system of toilets constructed under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan will be launched on Thursday.

The system, aimed at attaining a 100 percent 'Open Defecation Free India by 2019', is expected to give a big push to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Clean India campaign, an official release had said on Wednesday.

People across the country will be mobilised to check and verify the use of toilets in the rural areas through mobile phones, tablets or iPads and upload the same in case of any discrepancy on the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation website in tune with online citizen monitoring.

"The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation will launch a nationwide real time monitoring of use of toilets from January 2015... Earlier, the monitoring was done only about the construction of toilets, but now the actual use of toilets will be ascertained on a sustained basis," it said.

Moreover, in order to implement the Swachh Bharat Mission in a mission mode, the ministry was being strengthened and around two dozen additional staff including two Joint Secretaries and other officials will soon be appointed for effective implementation and monitoring of Swachh Bharat goals.

An expert committee will also be set up to examine the innovative technologies for toilets and solid and liquid waste management, the release said, adding a national telephonic helpline will also be installed for rural water supply and sanitation. 

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