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India will be open defecation free by Oct 2019: Rajnath Singh

He launched the Swacchta Hi Sewa campaign and assured that providing toilet facility at home will ensure safety and dignity of women

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Photo: PTI

The whole country is expected to be open defecation free by October, 2019, Home Minister said on Friday.

The is confident of fulfilling the prime minister's vision of making open defecation free by October, 2019, Singh said after launching the 'Swachhta Hi Sewa' (is Service) campaign of the Ministry of Home Affairs here.


The home minister said for cleanliness, the central was implementing a Rs 12,000-crore action plan through 76 ministries and departments.

"Providing toilet facility at home will ensure and of 'Swachhta Hi Sewa' campaign will help improve and of our children," he said.

The home minister said Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, and have already been declared open defecation free.

"Toilets have been constructed in about 4.60 lakh houses and 4 lakh schools," he said.

Singh said the use of for creating from was the government's priority.

First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 14:51 IST
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