This Raksha Bandhan, brothers in Amethi district have lined up a unique gift for their sisters – a toilet. In a bid to promote the open defecation free campaign and create awareness about sanitation, Zila Swachchhata Samiti (district committee for sanitation) has started a programme “Anokhi Amethi Ka Anokha Bhai”.
“854 persons from different blocks of the district have registered themselves as “brothers” with the district committee to gift a lavatory to their sisters on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan,” said Apurva Dubey, Chief Development Officer of Amethi.
The lavatory will be constructed by the registered brothers with their own resources, she said. Later, a lucky draw will be organised to give prizes to three participants. Cash prizes of upto Rs 50,000 and mobiles will be given to the winners, said a PTI report.
Dubey also revealed that the construction of toilets will be checked and verified by a team of officials and the prizes will be given to lucky winners at a district-level programme. The district committee for sanitation includes the district magistrate, chief development officer and the DPRO.
Earlier in 2015, Mahendra Rawat of Madhya Pradesh had spent about Rs 35,000 on the construction of a toilet for his sister in Bhatoa village which had about 225 women and not even a single toilet.
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Similarly in 2016, a man in Jharkhand gifted a toilet to his sister hoping that more people will follow in his footsteps to give “healthy” lifestyle to their family members.
Taking cue from PM Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission, Pintu had decided to build the toilet.
“I heard in the news about the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Mission. I thought of building a toilet as my family member use to defecate in the open. One should not defecate in the open, so, I built this toilet for my sister,” Pintu had said.