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India: Rural women work to counter open defecation

Nov 09, 2010

Rural women in Himachal Pradesh have come together to counter open defecation in the state. Slowly bringing about a change in the general mindset, they have achieved 92 per cent success rate. The state now aims to be totally devoid of open defecation by the year end.

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The Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) in Himachal Pradesh has been successful, thanks to the efforts put in by the rural women. The women have helped in elimination of the practice of open defecation by bringing a significant change in the mindset of the villagers indulged in open defecation for years.

The rural women actively created awareness amongst the people to keep their ambience neat and clean. They have been successful in bringing a behavioural change in the mindset of people regarding sanitation and hygiene.

Gram Panchayats also played a vital role in helping the women and achieving the targets under TSC. The State Government's Maharishi Valmiki Swachhata Abhiyan, Mahila Mandal Protsahan Yojna, and Swachhata Abhiyan are few other programmes which have played a major role in making sanitation campaign a success in the state.

Himachal Pradesh has taken lead in implementation of TSC in the country and has achieved 92 per cent success under it. Almost every house in the State has constructed toilet under the scheme. The state is also aiming to become totally free of open defecation by the year end.

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