Govt to track toilet use with smartphones, tablets
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New Delhi: The ministry of drinking water and sanitation will launch real-time monitoring of use of toilets from January 2015, possibly through the use of sensors.
This is a step towards making India open defecation-free by 2019.
“People across the country will be mobilized to check and verify the use of toilets in the rural areas through Mobile Phones, Tablets or I-Pads and upload the same in case of any discrepancy on the Ministry’s Website in tune with online Citizen Monitoring. Earlier, the monitoring was done only about the construction of toilets, but now the actual use of toilets will be ascertained on a sustained basis,” said a statement released by the ministry.
The statement also said that two dozen additional staff including two joint secretaries, four directors and subordinate staff will soon be appointed to implement and monitor development to reach the goal of Swachh Bharat (Clean India).
The ministry also plans to set up an expert committee to examine the innovative technologies for toilets and for both solid and liquid waste management.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech on Independence Day had announced a mission to achieve an open-defecation-free India by 2019. The government has also set a goal of providing toilets in all schools.
The cabinet committee on economic affairs in September had approved the Swacch Bharat Mission that was launched on 2 October, for a period of five years to create a clean India. The total cost of the campaign will be Rs62,009 crore, of which the Union government will contribute Rs14,620 crore and the rest will be mobilized from other sources including non-state entities.