50% Houses in J&K without Toilets

Srinagar, Nov. 20, 2013: As World Toilet Day was observed yesterday, the government efforts towards making people improve sanitation by constructing toilets have not borne much fruit. While nearly 50 per cent of the households in J&K continue to remain without toilets, the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Ministry says it will step up the awareness campaign so that people, especially those living in rural areas, set up latrines in their households. 

Talking to The Tribune, Joint Chief Principal Census Officer CS Saproo said according to Census 2011, out of 20,15,088 households in the state, 9,83,791 did not have latrine facilities on their premises. He further said there had not been much improvement on the ground since and the figures as of now were almost the same.
Incidentally, according to Census 2001, 7,27,166 lacked latrine facilities and the number had increased by 25.07 per cent till the exercise conducted in 2011.

Even though the government did not hold any major programme related to the World Toilet Day yesterday, PHE Minister Sham Lal Sharma, when contacted, said the authorities would intensify its awareness campaign in this regard.

He said though it was not possible for the government to construct individual toilets, NGOs had been engaged for the mass education regarding sanitation. An amount of Rs 5000 to 10,000 would also be made available to each Village Sanitation Committee functional in the rural areas to create awareness so that the people living there constructed toilets.

The minister said people were also being told to make optimum use of water as one out of three people did not have a safe and clean toilet. According to Census 2011, night soil in 1,78,572 J&K households was still being removed by humans as they did not have drainage facilities.

The findings also revealed that 63.9 per cent of the households get tap water out of which only 34.7 per cent get it from treated (dependable and clean) sources. 

While 29.2 per cent of the households get tap water from un-treated sources, 6.7 per cent fetch water from rivers and canals. 

Similarly, 1.9, 4.7, 11.4, 1.5 and 6.2 per cent of the households get water from covered wells, uncovered wells, hand pumps, tube wells and springs, respectively. Moreover, only 9,70,643 households had water facility available on their premises.

Census 2011 says 

* Out of 20,15,088 households in J&K, 9,83,791 did not have latrine facilities on their premises
* Night soil in 1,78,572 state households was still being removed by humans as there were no drainage facilities
* 63.9% of the households get tap water out of which only 34.7% get it from treated sources
* Only 9,70,643 households had water facility available on their premises. (Source: M Aamir Khan; Tribune News Service)

20-11-2013 | Posted by Admin