PM Hails “Izzat Ghar”, A Term For Toilets In Uttar Pradesh

| October 17 , 2017 , 17:26 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday applauded the Uttar Pradesh government’s new term for toilets -- “Izzat Ghar”, saying it will prevent the dignity of Indian women. 

"I was happy when I was told that newly constructed toilets in UP have 'izzat ghar' written on them and not 'shauchalay’,” Modi said while inaugurating the first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in New Delhi.

The UP government had last month coined the term “Izzat Ghar” – “home of honor” – for toilets. The Yogi Adityanath-led government links women's pride with the construction of toilets.

The Prime Minister said he was happy to see “Izzat Ghar” written outside a toilet when he was in Varanasi to lay the foundation stone for a toilet at a village.

Modi said his government was focusing on integrating the public healthcare system with Ayurveda and Yoga.

"Ayurveda is not just a method of treatment. It encompasses social health, public health and environmental health."
He said his government had constructed more than 5 crore toilets in the last three years, under the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' -- a campaign close to the PM's heart.

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Speeding up the task of the Clean India Mission in the Prime Minister’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi, more than 300 hamlets were recently declared open defecation free.

In April this year, the world's richest man Bill Gates hailed the Prime Minister’s move and said "India is winning the war on human waste."

He lauded the PM for not just devising the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan but for also talking about the issue of human waste.