Agali: The central government has issued a directive to construct toilets, modelled on the 'pink toilets' in Attappadi, in all schools in the country.

The female-friendly pink toilets first sprand up at Kerala's Attappadi, which is known for its tribal settlements. The initiative was launched by Santhi Gramam led by Uma Preman.

Gopal Jha, Under Secretary to Government of India, issued the instruction regarding the same to the Directors of Swachh Bharat Mission in all the States and Union Territories.

Santhi Gramam had built the pink toilets in Agali Govt. HS School for teenage girls on August 15. The pink toilet comprises of two toilets, napkin vending machine and incinerator. The girl students, during menstruation, hesitate to use the toilets in schools due to the lack of facilities. Santhi Gramam put forward the new concept to eliminate this situation. The two-toilet restroom was built at a cost of Rs 1.25 lakh.

A letter, which the girl students of Agali school wrote to the Prime Minister during the inauguration of pink toilet, brought the project into the attention of the central government. They pointed out in the letter that if pink toilets are built in every schools, it will be of great help to the girls in the country. Besides, a detailed plan showing the specialties of pink toilets was also sent to the prime minister.

Subsequently, the central government proposed to implement the pink toilet project in the schools including Kendriya Vidyalayas, under Swachh Bharat Mission. Director of Santhi Gramam Uma Preman said that they are happy that the minor project was recognized by the central government. Implementation of this project in the schools all over the country will increase confidence and courage of the teenage girls, she added.