news Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | January 7, 2014 | 09:01 am IST  Mandya district, 100 km south-west from Bengaluru, has made a record in terms of providing toilets to households in the region- 141 per cent more than the target for the year 2014-15, states a report by Bangalore Mirror.  This has put Karnataka on the top of the list of states providing toilets to its households.  For the year 2014-15, Mandya had a target of setting up toilets in 31,425 households. The Mandya Zilla Panchayat, at present, has set up 44,504 units and over 56,000 toilets are in the process of being set up. By the end of July, the district is expected to set a new record of having more than one lakh new toilets, states the report.  The person who spearheaded and executed the project  is Sindhuri Dasari , the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the panchayat and a 2009 batch IAS officer.  She noticed the plight of women in the district due to unavailability of lavatories and took it up as a mission to provide toilets to households of Mandya. "This (toilet to every household) was not a top priority when I had landed in the district. However, a 6-year-old girl was raped later when she went out for toilet as their house had none. Within six to seven months, in Mandya alone, we have thousands of dog-bite cases due to lack of toilets. There are cases of snake bites too. Then it struck me. I thought that we should look at it as a doable thing and arrived at one lakh mark," she told Bangalore Mirror. 
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