If drive you to and from the Dabolim Goa International Airport every morning past 6am till about 7.30 am you will find a stream of men with their Lotas ‘Water tumblers’ scouting at the side of the roads in the nearby bushes and defecting. It appears that to the Goa government ‘Toilet’ is not a Prem Katha (love story).
The Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation’s Swachh Bharat Bharat Mission – Gramin data shows that since the mission was launched out of the 375 villages not a single village in the tourism-state has met the ‘Open Defecation Free’ norms.
The Union Ministry’s data, which is in the public domain, shows that till this year only 22 villages in Goa have submitted their application to be declared ODF but they still have to be verified by the Centre.
Joining Goa is the state of Tripura and Union Territories of Laskhwadeep and Puducherry.
It is interesting note that Goa Chief Minister’s target to make the state ODF before the end of this year will continue to be one of those targets that will remain a target on paper and for media digestion not in actual planned work towards the target.
Parrikar in his government efforts to stop the plight of woman defecating in open had in January announced the setting up of 72,000 toilets across the state.