Jaipur: Holding sanitation and hygiene as crucial components in ensuring a healthy lifestyle, especially in country's rural pockets, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday backed Union Rural Development minister Jairam Ramesh, saying his 'toilet' remark was taken out of context.
"What Ramesh said in connection with toilets was made controversial unnecessarily. His statements were presented in a wrong manner and the feelings behind the minister's view were for health and hygiene and we should understand its importance," Gehlot said.

The chief minister said the Union minister's comments should be taken in right context, and priority he gave to sanitation and cleanliness should be taken note of.

Last month Ramesh had given the remark that there are more temples than toilets in India which created a controversy.

Speaking at a state-level function to felicitate Panchayati Raj institutions, Gehlot spoke about hazards of open defection and underlined need for construction of toilets, particularly in rural areas.

"Sanitation and hygiene are very important in human life but there is a need to create awareness for that among people. The God will also be happy when we care for sanitation and live with hygiene," he said.

He also highlighted vision behind the government's Nirmal Gram Yojana and stressed upon holding a conference on sanitation and hygiene in the state to create awareness.

"It is important to understand the importance of toilets. I wish to hold a national conference in Jaipur for this. People should also know about methods and practice to use toilets with least amount of water, and this can be done when we make collective efforts to spread awareness," he added.


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