Jammu Tawi, November 24
The students of Masters in Rural Development, Department of Lifelong Learning, University of Jammu celebrated “world Toilet Day” by organizing awareness and discussion seminar here today. The students highlighted the importance of usage of toilets and harms of open defecation. Education was also given about benefits of personal hygiene and use of clean toilets and good sanitation practices. Students also displayed charts and posters.
Sarpanch Som Nath of Village Kattal Battal, Nagrota and Narinder Sharma, chairperson, Peace, an NGO, Dr. Kavita Suri, Director and Head DLL, Prof Poonam Dhawan,former Director DLL, Dr Priyanka Sharma, Dr Vivek Sharma, Dr Pallavi Sachdeva, Dr Bharti Prabhakar, Dr Sandeep Singh, all DLL faculty members and Dr Rewa Khajuria, Counselor, Employment Information Cum Advisory Bureau, DLL were also present at the occasion.
Som Nath informed the students about the ground realities and challenges with regard to the sanitation schemes of the government. He also threw light on the budgetary allocation for making rural toilets which is Rs 12000 per individual household.
Narinder Sharma, President PEACE introduced his work in field of rural tourism and rural sanitation. He said his organization has completed total 133 toilets in area of Jammu. He said India is in urge of proper sanitation facilities for women which are very important keeping in view her safety.
Prof Poonam Dhawan, former director also stressed on various aspects of sanitation including toilets in the rural areas.
Dr. Kavita Suri, Director and Head, DLL said that sanitation is a global development priority as sustainable development goals (SDG) 2015 have included a target to ensure access to toilets to everyone by 2030.