Swachh Bharat Mission
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 29: Six districts of Assam are not left with any more sanitary latrines to be constructed under the Swachh Bharat Mission. However, the State, as a whole, has as many as 9,52,722 sanitary latrines left to be constructed under the scheme.
This came to light from the information revealed by State Public Health and Engineering (PHE) Minister Rihon Daimary on the floor of the Assam Assembly on Thursday. The minister was replying to a question from AIUDF MLA Aminul Islam.
The minister has informed the House that as many as 24,65,487 individual household latrines (IHHL) have been constructed under the mission in Assam. “In six districts in the State – Charaideo, Chirang, Goalpara, Kamrup(M), lbari and Sivasagar – no individual household latrines are left to be constructed,” he said, and added: “As many as 9,52,722 individual household latrines are left to be constructed in the other districts in the State. The highest number of such latrines, 1,13,251, are left to be constructed in Barpeta. While 86,037 latrines are left to be constructed in gaon, 68,285 are left to be constructed in Tinsukia, 55,930 in Lakhimpur, 51,607 in Karimganj, 53,948 in Hojai, 44,104 in Golaghat, 46,288 in Dhubri, 40,027 in Darrang, 42,268 in Cachar and 46,337 in Biswath.”
According to revelations made by the minister, individual household latrines are constructed by NGOs at the rate of Rs 12,000 per latrine. “The NGOs who have constructed such latrines are still to get Rs 356.25 crore,” the minister said. The department, according to the minister, is trying to construct all the remaining individual household latrines left to be constructed by 2018. The scheme for individual household latrines was launched by Prime Minister rendra Modi.