According to the report of Centre for Science and Environment, 79 lakh toilets in the country are not in usable condition, resulting in creating further obstacles in a battle against defecation in the open.
According to CSE, 2019 is the target year for the agenda of no open defecation, for which toilets for 6 crore 40 lakh families are necessary to be constructed.
Putting forward the analysis of rural cleanliness in Patna, CSE director Sunita Narain said that 60 per cent of India’s population still admits in the open, mostly in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Odisha.
The CSE director also released a book on the environment during this time.
On this occasion Balamurgan, the Secretary of the Rural Development Department and CEO of Jeevika was also present.
Significantly, along with the State Governments, the Government of India is continuously campaigning against open defecation in the rural areas, despite the efforts, a large population is still open in the open.