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Government of India
Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
09-December-2010 17:33 IST
Sanitation Facilities for Migrant Workers
The Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that sanitation is a state subject and it is the responsibility of the State Government /Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to provide adequate sanitation facilities to all including migrant workers in the urban areas of the country, and also to provide for adequate safeguards for protection of sanitation workers from the occupational hazards.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today she said, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation is implementing revised guidelines of Centrally Sponsored Integrated Low Cost Sanitation Scheme which envisages conversion of dry latrines into twin pit our flush latrine thereby liberating manual scavengers from the age old, obnoxious practice of manually carrying night soil and construction of new latrine to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) family who have no latrine in the urban areas of the country. Under the revised guidelines the upper ceiling cost of Rs. 10,000/- is provided for the complete unit of a two pit pour flush individual latrine with superstructure (excluding States falling in difficult / hilly areas). For the States falling in the category of difficult and hilly areas, 25% extra cost is provided for each two pit pour flush latrine. The scheme is funded by way of 75% Central subsidy, 15% State subsidy and the beneficiary contribution is only 10%.