To encourage people to use toilets, as planned under the Swachh Bharat Mission, a unique incentive scheme has been launched in Barmer district in Rajasthan. Announcing the scheme, Barmer district collector Sudhir Sharma said that every family that uses the toilet on a regular basis will be given Rs 2,500 per month. He said that this would contribute significantly towards eliminating the problem of open defecation. This innovative scheme to encourage people to use toilets has been sponsored by Cairn India in collaboration with Rural Development Organization (RDO) and district administration. The scheme is currently available to families of two panchayats – Baytu and Gida panchayats.
At the launch event, eight families from Baytu village were given cheques of Rs 2,500 each. These were the families who have been using the toilets on a regular basis. They were involved in a pilot project that had started 3 months back, wherein toilets were constructed in the village and a record was kept of families that were regularly using their toilets. Based on this and some other factors, the eight families were given Rs 2,500 each. Sharma said that if the scheme is successful, it can be implemented in other panchayats as well.