Gates Foundation to Aid India in ‘Toilets For All’ Program

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Urban Development Ministry and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have agreed on a partnership to promote user-friendly toilets to ensure universal sanitation in the country.

Art a meeting with Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu Friday, Bill Gates was briefed about the government’s “Swachchh Bharat Mission,” to be launched October 2, under which every household will be provided with a toilet by 2019. At present, about 12 million urban households do not have toilet facilities, Naidu said.

Naidu also told Gates about the government’s plan to ensure housing for all by 2022.

Gates said the foundation’s core competence is in research and technology promotion, and it would like to share them with the Indian government. He also stressed on promoting quality and user-friendly toilets to ensure their proper use.

Source: India West (link opens in a new window)

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