New Delhi, July 26 (IANS)
Terming India as world’s capital for open defecation, Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Jairam RameshThursday said that 100,000 “bio-toilets” will be installed in about 300 backward gram panchayats in the next two years at a cost of Rs.150 crore.
“We are the world’s capital for open defecation. It is a matter of shame, anguish, sorrow, anger,” Ramesh said, noting over 60 percent of all open defecation takes place in India.
Speaking at a a function where a memorandum of understanding on bio-digester-based eco-friendly toilets was exchanged between theDefence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the ministry in his and Defence Minister A.K. Antony’s presence, Ramesh said the government intended to rid the country of open defecation in the next 10 years.