With crores spent on Swachh Bharat campaign, aimed at making the entire country open-defecation free by October 2, 2019, girl students of a residential school in a remote village of Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district have come up with an innovative idea.
Last week, the girl students of Kasturba Gandhi Girls Residential School at Pamuru village wrote letters to their parents in their respective villages declaring that they would not come home for the Sankranti festival on January 14 and 15, unless they construct individual toilets in their houses.
Sankranti is an important festival for the people of Andhra Pradesh, when all the family members compulsorily gather to celebrate it in a big way.
“All these days, we have been used to open defecation. Our teachers have told us that open defecation is an unhealthy practice, which results in communicable diseases. So, it is every important that all of us should have individual toilets at home. The government is providing necessary funds for the construction of toilets,” the students wrote to their parents on the postcards.
“We wish you construct the toilet compulsorily before we come home for Sankranti festival. Otherwise, we will not be coming for the festival vacations,” they said.