UP leaders fail to achieve target on constructing toilets in their constituencies

Lucknow: All the top leaders and MPs of Uttar Pradesh, including Modi himself, have failed to meet the target to construct toilets in their respective constituencies, analysis done by Down To Earth Hindi said. The environment magazine, the inaugural issue of which will be launched in New Delhi on October 2, says that the rate at which toilets are being made shows that Government will not be able to meet target to make India open defecation free by 2019. In Uttar Pradesh all the senior leaders, who are supposed to give a push to this campaign have faltered in toilet building performance. A mere 7,327 toilets were built in Varanasi, Modi’s constituency against a target of 2,34,489 (till October 2019). Going by this rate the target cannot be met before 2048, it said. In the case of home minister Rajnath Singh, whose constituency is Lucknow, the achieved number is 5,332 against a target of 1,86177 – Singh can hope to reach the target only by 2051. Dimple Yadav, wife of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has a target of 5,47,739 toilets to be built by October 2019 in her constituency, Kannauj. She has managed only 8,309. At this rate, she will take 66 years to reach his target. Sonia Gandhi’s constituency, Rae Bareli, has a target of 2,87,703, and the achieved number has been 6,581; the expected year of completion is 2060. The other key political figures whose performance has been assessed include Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar; water resources minister Uma Bharti; Congress national vice-president Rahul Gandhi and MPs from UP. “As per our estimation and going by the prevailing rate, India will not be able to meet its target by 2019 as promised by the Prime Minister,” it said and added: “This analysis is also to remind us that building toilets is only a small part of the movement towards access to sanitation for all. Firstly, as we build toilets, we must ensure that they are used, that they are functional. Secondly, we must have clear answers to questions of how can we manage and treat our waste, our excreta.”

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