Thursday, August 4, 2005


No toilet, no seat, says minister

`Village council candidates in India should be allowed to stand for election only if they have a toilet at home, the rural development minister says.

In a letter to all chief ministers, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said the toilet rule should be set out in law.

He said too many elected members “do not have toilet facilities in their own houses and defecate in the open”.

Mr Singh said this activity was the main cause of the high incidence of diarrhoea in rural areas. ‘

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