HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday asked states to prepare an action plan for construction of toilets for girls in all government schools by July next year in keeping with the goal set up Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s call, the Chhattisgarh government will be constructing nearly one lakh "pucca" toilets in next three months, with the state government already having drafted a plan for the purpose.
Lucknow, with a population of nearly three million and the capital of India`s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, doesn`t have any public toilets for women and has a toilet for every 58,844 people, a Right to Information (RTI) application has revealed.
While all politicians like to be seen everywhere ahead of elections, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray is unhappy with a poster of his put atop an air-conditioned toilet in Kandivli (East).
A woman in Bihar has left her husband`s house after her in-laws failed to construct a toilet. She has returned to her parents` house and made it clear that she will not return until the toilet is built.
While the Badaun gang-rape incident has brought into focus the issue of providing toilets, the Home Ministry has asked state governments and UTs to give priority to setting up clean and secure lavatories for women police personnel at work place.
Moved by the plight of a woman who has been waging a war within her family and threatening to divorce her husband for a toilet, Sulabh International has decided to build a modern toilet for the family at their residence in Sadeshopur in Patna district and give her cash award.
Sulabh International, known for its work in the field of sanitation, today announced an award of Rs two lakh for a Dalit woman from Madhya Pradesh`s Dewas district who walked out of her matrimonial home because it did not have a toilet.
In the context of his ongoing debate on toilets with Narendra Modi, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh today praised the JD(U) government in Bihar for its efforts to eradicate the practice of open defecation and asked states, including Gujarat, to follow the `Bihar Model` in that regard.