New Delhi: Infusing rays of hope to the people living Below Poverty Line (BPL), the government on Thursday increased the toilet construction incentive by Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,200. The approval was given at the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The revised rate of the incentive will come into immediate effect from June 1.

Till recently, the BPL holders were given the benefit of Rs 2200 for the toilet construction while those residing in hilly areas were given Rs 2700.

Now, under the revised scheme, the incentive amount to a BPL household for construction of one toilet has been increased by Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,200 from the current Rs 2,200. While for the people in hilly areas, the government support has been increased to Rs 3,700 from the earlier Rs 2,700.

Even the minimum beneficiary share will be Rs 300. However, the states will have the flexibility to increase their contribution and the BPL holders can also invest more on the basis of their utility.

The incentive is likely to increase a burden of Rs 1,348 crore on the Centre and Rs 577 crore on the state governments.

It is expected that the incentive amount will help individual households by accelerating the pace of construction of toilets, thereby resulting in better sanitation coverage in rural areas.

The government is eyeing fulfilling target of providing access of sanitation facilities to all rural households by March, 2015.

JPN/Bureau