Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sensitise rich for sustainable sanitation: Dikshit

New Delhi, Jun 28 (UNI) There is a need to sensitise rich people more than poor in order to have sustainable sanitation in the country, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said today.

''Not only the poor have to be made aware but the rich too have to be sensitised as they are the major garbage producer. Poor people do not possess the basic facilities but the rich class do not use them even if available,'' Ms Dikshit said.

The Chief Minister was speaking in the inaugural ceremony of a three-day-long national conference on 'Cost Effective Sustainable Sanitation - An Indian Experience,' here this morning.

The Chief Minister emphasised that there was a major problem of implementation. ''The government can provide funds, make plans, set infrastructure but it is the people who have to use them,'' she said. Even if there are toilets by the roadside, people are not in the habit to use them and likewise, garbage is not thrown even if the dustbins are present, she added.

''There have to have community participation,'' she noted. The conference is being organised by Plan India, a child-centered development organisation, in association with Water, Sanitation And Hygiene Institute (WASH).

Other stakeholders of the conference include Union Ministry of Rural Development, WES-Net India, SPHERE India, UNICEF, Water Aid and Water for People.

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