Rs 4,000 cr aid for toilets

toilet2To speed up implementation of construction of household toilets in urban areas under Swachh Bharat, the Ministry of Urban Development has enabled online filing of applications by the beneficiaries. It also enables tracking of progress of construction of toilets by posting photographs.

The Ministry of Urban Development to this effect signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Common Services Corporation of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology. The MoU was signed by Praveen Prakash, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development and Dinesh Kumar Tyagi, CEO, CSC. Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad were present.

CSC which has a network of over 1,40,000 service centres will help the beneficiaries in filling up the applications and submitting them online to the authorities. Photographs of construction work also will be posted on line for verification. The ministry will pay transaction fee of Rs.20 per application.

Common Service Centres are broadband enabled service delivery points established by private parties for aggregating content and offering various services including government to customers services.

In urban areas 1.04 crore household toilets are to be constructed by 2019. The Ministry of Urban Development extends an assistance of Rs 4,000 per toilet.

Medaram Jathara

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