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Major Constraints in the Progress of Decentralised Delivery of Rural Sanitation Programme In West Bengal, India

Indranil De

The IUP Journal of Governance and Public Policy, 2010, vol. V, issue 4, 63-83

Abstract: The study has assessed the progress of Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), which is implemented by pursuing decentralised delivery mechanism. Based on the macro and micro level data, Birbhum district of West Bengal in India has been chosen as the study area. The evidences suggest that the progress of the sanitation programme was hampered due to low allocation and utilisation of funds for demand generation and supply of materials. Furthermore, laxity of local government (Panchayats) and motivators in demand generation for sanitary facilities have also led to underperformance of the programme. Lack of affordability of low-cost toilets and lack of consciousness appeared to be the major constraints in the progress of the programme. Low participation in local government meetings has also been observed to have thwarted the progress of TSC.

Date: 2010
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