Almost 21,000 government schools in the country are without girl's toilets as per 2016-2017 data, the Parliament was informed Thursday. All States and UTs have been advised to comply with the provision of the RTE Act, 2009, which inter alia states that every school building should have separate toilets for boys and girls, the Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi informed Lok Sabha.
"The subject relating to toilet/sanitation facilities in schools is dealt with by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. "As per the information received from that Ministry, as per Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE), 2016-17 (Provisional), total number of Government schools, without girls' toilet was 20,977 (1.93 per cent) and without boys' toilet was 28,713 (2.67 per cent)," he said.
It was done under the Swachh Vidyalaya initiative launched in collaboration with State/UT Governments, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and Private Corporates for the provision of separate toilets for girls and boys in all government schools, the minister added.
(With inputs from agencies.)