New Delhi: Pulling up the states for
providing poor sanitation facilities in rural areas, Rural
Development Minister C P Joshi on Wednesday said that malpractices
are rampant in the construction of toilets in many rural
schools of the country.
He also expressed serious concern over the
fast-depleting groundwater table and asked the states to
utilise the NREGA fund, available at their disposal, in water
harvesting and conservation programmes, if there is any
shortage of fund on these heads.
"We are providing money (from) here. Go and visit
rural area schools which is located at 30-40 kilometres away
from the Panchayat headquarters. You will find what is the
system there. Contractors just erect a foundation and that
becomes a toilet. The quality of sanitation being provided is
very poor, Joshi said.
He was addressing a conference on strategies for rural
drinking water supply and sanitation attended by senior
officials from water resources department of various states,
representatives of different ministries and world bank,
non-government organisations and experts were present in the
"Please address the quality of sanitation being
provided to school. Identify the areas where highest number of
poor families belonging to SC, ST and minority community live
and see what is the condition in those areas," he added.