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Centre asks states to name toilets as ‘izzat ghar’ in rural areas

Centre asks states to name toilets as ‘izzat ghar’ in rural areas
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New Delhi: The Centre has asked each state to name the toilets in their rural households as “izzat ghar”, or to use a phrase in regional language equivalent to “house of dignity”.

Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation wrote to state government’s principal secretaries after observing the name “izzat ghar” being used in many parts of Uttar Pradesh, reports Deccan Herald.

“It is recommended that this practice could be considered for replication in other parts of the country. Hindi-speaking areas may continue using the name izzat ghar, while other regions could come up with a corresponding term in the local language that signifies the equivalent of a house of dignity,” the ministry wrote to all the state governments.

“All states are encouraged to initiate similar local initiatives and good practices that associate a sense of dignity and pride among the households with having and using toilets,” stated the ministry.

The ministry with an aim of making India open defecation free by October 2, 2019 is overseeing the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in villages.

Since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014, 4.99 crore toilets have been built across the country, the ministry stated.

Besides, more than 16.41 lakh toilets have been built under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme till March 31 this year.