Using public toilets, maintained by Sulabh International, will now become cashless. This has been done in wake of demonetisation that has resulted in shortage of small change. A statement issued by low cost sanitation NGO Sulabh International said it has embarked on digital transaction for use of its public toilets, doing away with use of coins and low denomination currency notes.
The facility was launched formally by BJP President Amit Shah when he visited Sulabh Complex at Sulabh headquarters in West Delhi. Sulabh maintains around 8,500 public toilets across the country and the digital payment facility would be introduced at some of the places soon.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shah said it was a matter of shame that even 70 years after Independence, there was still a need to launch a country-wide campaign to make people aware of the benefits of sanitation.
Sulabh Founder Dr Bindeshwar Pathak explained on the occasion that the digital payment could be done through â€˜SBI Buddyâ€™ â€“ an e-wallet facility recently launched by state-owned State Bank of India (SBI) to promote digital payment system in the country.
To begin with, the facility has been introduced in the national capital and would be extended to other places in due course of time, Dr Pathak said. Sulabh charges a nominal fee of Rs 5 for using is lavatory and Rs 10 for taking bath. It is even free at some places.
Taking a major step forward towards rural sanitation, Dr Pathak, who was made Brand Ambassador of “”Rail Swachch Mission””, recently launched an intensive campaign to ensure toilet for every household in the country by 2019. He said that nearly 12 crore toilets are required to be built by 2019 to realize the dream of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi.
â€œThis is a big task, but together we can do it and all Indians can play a pivotal role. This is a unique opportunity for Corporate houses and business groups to show their love for the country,â€ he said.”