LGRD and Co-operatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain on Thursday told Parliament that 99 percent of the country’s total population is now under basic sanitation coverage.
The Department of Public Health and Engineering (DPHE) is working relentlessly to ensure cent percent sanitation across the country by 2021 in line with the Vision-2021,” he said replying to a written question from Awami League MP Momotaz Begom (Manikganj-2).
“Bangladesh has already achieved substantial success in the development of sanitation coverage. Now, 99 percent of the total population is under the basic sanitation coverage, while only 1 percent defecates in open places,” the minister said.
Of them, 61 percent use modern latrines while 28 percent shared latrines and 10 percent use undeveloped latrines, he added.
“The rate of open defecation has come down to almost zero percent, which was some 42 percent in 2003,” Mosharraf said.
In reply to a supplementary question from AL MP Amina Ahmed (Reserved Seat-34), the minister said the government is working to ensure a water source for every 50 people in the rural area to ensure safe water for them.
Answering to another supplementary question from AL MP Panchanan Biswas (Khulna-1), he said the government has taken a scheme to dig a pond in every village across the country. “The programme will be implemented after the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approves it,” he said.