Mahabubnagar: In what may seem filmy to some, Jogulamba Gadwal Collector Rajat Kumar Saini, along with a cultural troupe, boarded a Pallevelugu bus on Thursday and interacted with women, encouraging them to construct Individual Household Latrines (IHHLs) as part of Swachh Bharat campaign.
In a bus headed to Gattu mandal headquarters from Gadwal, Saini was surprised to see that 95 per cent passengers were women. When he found out if officials visited their homes and took photographs for building IHHLs, many of them hesitated, saying they would construct IHHLs only if they were given money.
Saini replied saying people were not hesitating to spend an exorbitant amount on health-related issues, but were somehow being conservative about spending on constructing their own toilets. “If the government wasn’t paying them Rs 12,000 for constructing toilets, wouldn’t you ever construct it? Isn’t toilet a matter of self-respect for our women,” he asked the women.
He told them that 63,000 IHHLs were sanctioned for the district and Rs 7 crore was already paid to beneficiaries who completed IHHL construction. “Those who will complete the constructions soon will get a beneficiary amount. So be proactive and help make our district become open defecation-free, because our district is ranked last when it comes to Swachh Bharat in our country,” he said.