Prize policy for rural toilets revolution unveiled: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs
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China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced on Thursday that this year the central government launched a subsidy for a prize policy for the toilet revolution in rural areas for the first time, and allocated 7 billion yuan (about $1 billion) for it.

All localities are required to organize and implement the policy, and the idea of absolute equalitarianism is not allowed.

At the same time, local governments at all levels should increase their investment and sort out special funds, guiding people in rural areas to renovate toilets voluntarily.

The supervision of funds and projects should be strengthened, guaranteeing information disclosure, and preventing illegal acts like false reporting and false claims. Once found, people involved shall be investigated and held accountable.

In 2018, more than 10 million households in rural areas completed a toilet renovation, with the rate of toilet renovation reaching more than half. Among them, over 60 percent chose the harmless sanitary toilets. In the first half of 2019, more than 10 million households in rural areas were renovated, and it is expected that more than 12 million households will be renovated this year.

(Compiled by Cui Chunhui)