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Centre blames states on failure to achieve sanitation target

The Centre today blamed state governments for non-achievement of its target of providing sanitation facilities in all rural schools in the country by March this year.



New Delhi: The Centre today blamed state
governments for non-achievement of its target of providing
sanitation facilities in all rural schools in the country by
March this year.

"In case of rural sanitation, targets could not be
achieved due to lack of priority given by the states to cover
schools with sanitation facilities by March 2010," Minister of
State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma said in written
reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

Under Total Sanitation Campaign, Centre had set the
goal to provide sanitation facilities in all rural schools by
March, 2010, she said.

Sangma, however, informed the House that the remaining
schools are planned to be covered by March 2011.

She was asked whether the government had set a target
of providing drinking water and sanitation facilities in all
the schools of the country by the end of March this year.

She was also asked to give the status of the two
programmes along with reasons, if targets set by the
government could not be achieved.

According to figures available with the ministry, out
of a total of 4,99,472 schools in the country, there are about
1,79,763 rural schools which are yet to be provided sanitation
facilities.

Total Sanitation Campaign is a comprehensive programme
of Rural Development Ministry to ensure sanitation facilities
in rural areas with the main goal of eradicating the practice
of open defecation and ensuring clean environment.

Replying to a question on water facilities in schools
of the country, Sangma informed the House that it was
envisaged to cover all rural schools without drinking water
facilities by the end of this year under National Rural
Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP).

"In case of drinking water, progress is not lagging
behind....," she said.

According to government statistics, about 71,816 rural
schools out of a total 4,99,472 in the country are yet to be
provided drinking water facility.

-PTI

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