Bihar – Only 152 out of 68,000 Panchayats in Bihar are open defecation free
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Bihar is the third state after Madhya Pradesh and Odisha where most of its rural population still defecate in the open. According to the Swachhta Status Report 2016 released recently by Union ministry of statistics and programme implementation, the family members of 72.9% households in rural Bihar don't use toilets. The report says only 31.6% households in rural Bihar have 'sanitary' toilets, while only 4.8% villages have community toilets, which is among the lowest in India.
Open defecation is the main reason for Bihar reporting a very high number of diarrheal cases. Out of a total 68,495 panchayats, the Bihar government has so far been able to make only 152 open defecation free.
With a majority of population in Bihar living in the rural areas, safe and healthy measures need to practiced for a better quality of life. The challenge of achieving the target of open defecation-free (ODF) villages in Bihar is colossal. Together we can make sure that everyone gets access to clean toilets if you sign this petition!
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