In an attempt to foster the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the Andhra Pradesh government has proposed to allot five extra marks to students of class 9 and above who participate in the initiative. To achieve the status of Open Defacation by March 2019, the state government has to construct 21 lakh toilets and is encouraging students to participate in the Clean India campaign.
Nara Lokesh, rural development, panchayat raj and IT minister, mentioned the proposal at the secretariat. He directed officials of Swachh Andhra Corporation to keep track of students who take part in the mission, as quoted by the Times of India.
“We want the students to help us identify the households without toilets and also encourage their parents to build toilets if they don’t have one,” Muralidhar Reddy, managing director of Swachh Andhra Corporation, said.
Also, officials are trying to rope in engineering students to help design the toilets on the basis of an area’s requirement and medical students to help spread awareness about cleanliness.
Chief minister, Chandrababu Naidu, also launched Swachh Andhra Mission on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.