Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, June 25:
Fifteen uninterrupted years of Naveen Patnaik’s milk-and-honey government have failed to make any dent in the sanitation front with a whopping 88% of homes in Odisha still devoid of toilets.
Odisha has earned the disgraceful distinction of ranking number one among states with the least number of toilets in the country, according to the Baseline Survey-2012 report of the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
While Odisha leads the states that have too few toilets, Bihar, the poorest among the states in the country, ranks second.
“There are no toilet facilities in 79, 81,973 houses in Odisha. Out of every 100 houses, only 12 have toilets which means 88 houses do not have toilets,” says the report.
In the absence of toilets in the state’s rural areas, people defecate in the open preparing the grounds for the spread of several water-borne diseases and malaria.
In Bihar, 78% homes do not have toilets. The position of Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh is also disappointing on the toilet index.
Kerala with toilet facilities in 95% homes is the state with the highest number of toilets in the country.
A majority of homes in Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim have toilets.