Just as several flagship development projects like the construction of rural roads have been hit by rising input costs, the government has been forced to take a hard look at its cost estimates for building toilets ["twin-pit water-seal" household latrines] for families below the poverty line in rural India. Soaring steel and cement prices have already hit the Centre’s toilet targets under the total sanitation campaign (TSC) in recent months.
In response, the ministry of rural development, which is the nodal agency for the implementation of TSC, has increased its cost estimates for constructing toilets to Rs 2500 per unit, from Rs 1500 per unit, that was fixed two years back. In order to ensure that the increased cost doesn’t hurt beneficiaries, the Centre and the states have decided to share the burden
So even as contribution from beneficiaries would continue to be at the current level of Rs 300 per unit, Central financial assistance for toilets has been hiked to Rs 1500 per unit from Rs 900. The share of state governments has been raised to Rs 700 from Rs 300, fixed in 2006.