Over 50 pc people in India defecate in the open

New Delhi (PTI): Over fifty per cent of the population defecates in the open in India which has highest number of people in the world indulging in the practice, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Replying to a question about whether India has the highest number of people in the world defecating in the open, Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav replied in affirmative.

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“Yes. As per Joint Monitoring Programme Report, 2015, 59.43 per cent of people defecating in open in the world are from India,” said Yadav, Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Responding to another question, the minister said the number of persons defecating in the open in the country has decreased to 50.05 per cent (as on February 19, 2016) from 57.95 per cent as on October 2, 2014 when the ‘Swachh Bharat’ Mission (Gramin) was launched.

“As per data submitted by states/Union Territories on online Integrated Management Information System (IMIS), the percentage of rural households defecating in open was 57.95 per cent on October 2, 2014. This has decreased to 50.05 per cent on February 19, 2016,” he said.

Nadia (in West Bengal), Indore (in Madhya Pradesh) and Bikaner (in Rajasthan) districts have been declared open defecation-free by respective state governments after the Mission was launch.

The minister said Sikkim, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh have least number of rural households which defecate in open at 0.10 per cent, 3.69 per cent and 5.49 per cent respectively.

On the other hand, Odisha, Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir have higher number of people defecating in open at 77.16 per cent, 76.25 per cent and 67.68 per cent respectively.

The minister said that under the Mission, the government has set a goal to achieve Swachh Bharat by October 2, 2019.

13 Comments

  1. This is to reconfirm about the World Bank and Oxfarm studies about the poverty level in India. Half of the population of India ( 615 million) are living with $ 2.00/day and out of that 400 million are living with $ 1.25/day or less.

    Very proudly every Government would like to display the increased number of the billionaires and millionaires; also their material possessions like the hundreds of car collection-yacht-custom made private jets-tallest and the most expensive home in the world etc etc ; but totally ashamed to tell the number of people being added to the list every month to the parade of hunger-poverty-children’s death-illiteracy-open ground defecation -lack of pure water to drink or to clean body etc etc. It breaks my heart to read this deplorable predicament of the nation while I did visit some of the slums and poorest villages of India, I was witnessing this open defecation event.

    The current Government has targeted many NGOs and chocked their funding from overseas; and most of them were concentrated in helping the poorest of the society. Until the compassionate hearted people of all religions take the first step to help a few or one they can, then only there will be change in this critical situation, SO HELP US GOD.

  2. Half of population does the ‘business’ in open. Then they travel in trains and use those blankets washed only once in two months!!!! Great!!!!

    What a third world country!!!! When are we going to get the basic things right? Basic hygiene, waste management and toilets – Don’t tell me that we don’t have resources and skill to address this issue. It’s the mindset that is hard to fix. Take a look at our own mangaluru which looks like somalia or Ethiopia when it comes to infrastructure and cleanliness.

  3. Sad but true I guess! Where is all that big talk of hundreds of thousands of toilets and the ‘swatcha Bharat’ slogan mongers? How many more years does the government really need to put toilets at under privileged or poor areas?

  4. Old habit die hard. A H1-B visa holder from India (perhaps from Odissa) was arrested in USA some years back for defecating in public and charged for indecent exposure. Subsequently, he was deported after serving his sentence. Normally, such offenders names are listed in National sex offenders registry which means they cannot be seen around 200 yards of schools, public parks and also will have hard time to get a job or apartment in a decent area.

    It is a serious crime defecating in public in the western countries. Please make a note of it. It will ruin your entire life in USA. Once again, the old habits die hard.

  5. Dear readers,

    Narendra Modi”I am known to be a Hindutva leader. My image does not permit to say so, but I dare to say. My real thought is– Pehle shauchalaya, phir devalaya’ (toilets first, temples later),”

    Toilets first, temples later, says Narendra Modi
    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-toilets-first-temples-later-says-narendra-modi-1897376

    Now 2 years in the office accept the fancy statement of ‘Make in India’,’Smart India’,’Digital India’ even ‘selfie with Jaddu’ is also seems to be looks like in safe deposit of Reserve bank of India. While siege of universities is continued and all effort are made to tag ‘anti-national’ suppressing the voice.

    It is unfortunate that more and more temples are getting richer by offering.Instead of addressing the basic necessity Modi’s government is fixed priorities like ‘Bullet train’.

    In reality toilets are flush to the drain and old stalwart like Subramanya swami is raising the issue like Babri Masjid coincide BJP’s Crucial Election In Uttar Pradesh Before 2017.

    Now cinestar Aamir Khan of Incredible India became victim of Intolerance Indian,is Amitabh Bachchan is able to help relieve needy Indians?

    Jai Hind

  6. What a third world country!!!! When are we going to get the basic things right? Basic hygiene, waste management and toilets – Don’t tell me that we don’t have resources and skill to address this issue.-Atheist Mr.Original pai

    Sir,Before the election of 2014 Lok Sabha PM Modi’ said “I am known to be a Hindutva leader. My image does not permit to say so, but I dare to say. My real thought is– Pehle shauchalaya, phir devalaya’
    Toilets first, temples later, says Narendra Modi
    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-toilets-first-temples-later-says-narendra-modi-1897376

    Now as the assembly election for UP is due in 2017, fork tongue Subramanya swami wanted devalaya for Lord Rama even 50% 50 pc people in India defecate in the open in ‘Digital India’,’smart India’ or ‘make in India’.

    For PM Modi ‘Bullet train’ is priority than the basic need of human necessity. While temples across India is getting more richer,the humanity is completely neglected.

    While PM Modi is focused on foreign policy with his frequent flying programmed, the rein of the government is taken over by Nagpur parliament with certificate issued by non representative of government.

    PM Modi”s government which rebranded successful UPA programmes of the past nothing is visible to drive the economy of the nation.Just enjoying the low crude oil prices which reduces two third forex.

    Jai Hind

  7. Dear pro-Jihaadi Sharia Shaikh,
    What have you and your community done to make India a better and cleaner place? I don’t see anyone from your community engaging in ‘swachcha bhaaratha’ campaign? How come minorities and minority leaders are not participating in these events? Are you worried that credit would go to Modiji? All you guys do is attack Indian PM!

    First, show that you truly care about your own country, not just the ‘umma’. Otherwise, your empty rhetoric is nothing but a part of your taquiyya tricks and we don’t believe anything you say.

  8. Are you worried that credit would go to Modiji? All you guys do is attack Indian PM!-Atheist Mr.Original Pai

    Sir, Don’t forget that ‘Swachh Bharat’ is nothing but rebranding of Father of nation Mahatama Gandhi broader vision. Like BJP flick is goggles for logo,they want all credit to Modi.

    Why PM Modi don’t talk about cleaning Ganges and Bhopal anymore?

    Jai Hind

    • Let me ask you again – How come minority groups and leaders are not participating in this campaign? Are politics and religion more important than country?

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