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Sanitation for all by 2021: Ranga

DHAKA, Dec 30, 2014(BSS) - State Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives' Moshiur Rahman Ranga said, "The government was committed to bringing the whole country under sanitation cover by 2021."

But he felt that political stability was a precondition for continued development.

He also said that the government was taking a number of steps to reduce the gap between city and village.

The minister felt that because of violent political programs the country was repeatedly going back.

He appealed to opposition political parties to refrain from such programs.

The seminar was organized by WaterAid, Bangladesh and Dorp.

The keynote paper on water, sanitation and health rules in the national budget was read out by Water Aid's principal policy person Shamim Ahmed.

Ranga also suggested a greater role of non-government organizations and wealthy people of the area to ensure better sanitation cover.

He mentioned that in the last six years the government had distributed five and a half lakh sanitary latrines to the hard-core poor, free-of-cost or at subsidized prices.

He also referred to the four thousand mobile public and community toilets and the construction of a hundred kilometers of drains to improve the situation.