Total Sanitation Campaign

When Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh put a reality check on the euphoria over missile tests by lamenting “India can launch Agni, but not provide toilets to its women”, little did he know that defence research body DRDO would be at his door with a bio-toilet. The RD ministry is set to press bio-toilets in its sanitation campaign, a move which would, besides providing proper toilets to rural folks, take the scheme’s objective from ending open defecation to waste management. 
The DRDO-designed toilets run on the technology that breaks down the waste into 
odourless solid and liquid, making drainage redundant. If the claim stands true, it may turn new rural toilets into urban drainage systems which don’t require handling of human waste. The new system would also end the dehumanizing practice of manual scavenging. 
Ramesh said, “Bio-toilets can do to rural sanitation what Agni has done to external defence of the country.” 
The research body held a meeting with the minister to introduce him to the new technology and desired it be adopted in the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC). The two government arms would sign a MoU, which would pledge Rs 400 crore for bio-toilets under TSC.

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