Vijayawada, October 6: In a bid to promote Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the Andhra Pradesh government is exploring a proposal to allot five extra marks to students of class 9 and above who participate in the initiative. To achieve the Open Defacation Status by March 2019, the state government has to build 21 lakh toilets and is encouraging students to participate in the Clean India campaign. Also read: Three Years of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan — A Reality Check

The proposal was taken up by the rural development, panchayat raj and IT minister Nara Lokesh at the secretariat. He directed officials of Swachh Andhra Corporation to keep track of students who take part in the mission, the Times of India reported.

“We want the students to help us identify the households without toilets and also encourage their parents to build toilets if they don’t have one,” Muralidhar Reddy, managing director of Swachh Andhra Corporation, said.

Officials are also planning to rope in engineering students to help design the toilets on the basis of an area’s requirement and medical students to help spread awareness about cleanliness.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also launched Swachh Andhra Mission on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Ace shuttler PV Sindhu was chosen as its brand ambassador.