Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reiterated his government's commitment towards toilet and sanitation facilities across the nation.
In his message to mark the "World Toilet Day," Modi said "we reiterate our commitment towards enhancing cleanliness and sanitation facilities across the nation. We in India take pride at the remarkable speed with which sanitation cover has increased in the last four years."
The Modi government has laid a special emphasis on improving sanitation facilities and providing one toilet to every household which lacked the facility.
As per official estimates, almost 80 million household toilets have been built since Modi's pledge in 2014 to ensure universal sanitation coverage by October 2019.
The "Clean India" mission, which costs around 20 billion U.S. dollars, aims to construct 111 million latrines in five years.
It also promises to improve the health, safety and dignity of hundreds of millions of Indians.
People in villages and other remote areas lack proper toilet facilities and could be often seen defecating and urinating in public.
Amid the "Clean India" mission, a popular film "Toilet - Ek Prem Katha" (Toilet - A Love Story) in 2017 became an instant hit. The movie showcased how women in villages and other remote areas had to suffer every day due to lack of toilet facility inside their homes.