Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Rural Development
15-December-2011 17:40 IST
Sanitation coverage in rural areas jumps to 74 percent

The sanitation coverage in rural areas of the country has jumped to 74 percent as of November 2011. It was 21.9% as per 2001 census. The information was given by the Union Minister of Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. He said, with the effective implementation of Total Sanitation Campaign TSC, the sanitation coverage in rural areas of the country has increased significantly. TSC was launched in 1999 to ensure sanitation facilities in rural areas with the main objective of eradicating the practice of open defecation and ensuring clean environment. It is project based programme taking district as a unit operated in demand driven mode and at present is being implemented in 607 rural districts of the country. Provision of incentives for construction and usages of Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) is one of the main components of the programme. Information, Education and Communication (IEC) are the important components of the Programme to create effective demand for sanitation facilities, besides inter-personal communication and door-to-door contacts are recognized as the most significant tools for attaining the Programme goals.