New Delhi, May 4: These are stories of grit and determination which are like beacons of hope and guide the future genrations. How else will you explain the enthusiasm of this 87-year-old granny who is hell-bent on building her own toilet. And she is already on the job.
In Jammu and Kashmir, an 87-year-old woman from Udhampur district spent her waking hours building a toilet near her house in a bid to make her village open-defecation free. She said, 'I'm happy that more and more people are coming forward now to build toilets in their houses."
The government plans to make India open defecation free by October, 2019.
The central government was implementing a Rs 12,000-crore action plan through 76 ministries and departments.
"Providing toilet facility at home will ensure safety and dignity of women. 'Swachhta Hi Sewa' campaign will help improve nutrition and productivity of our children," he said.
The home minister said Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana and Uttarakhand have already been declared open defecation free
News24Bureau with Agencies