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Town pays people for using proper potty

July 7, 2008 at 7:17 PM

MUSIRI, India, July 7 (UPI) -- A remote Indian town has come up with a government-backed plan to teach people health safety by giving them cash for using the toilet, a resident says.

Residents of Musiri in the Tamil Nadu state can earn 14 cents a month by going to the bathroom in a specially made potty, CNN reported Monday.

The amount of cash involved may not seem large but it could help needy families supplement their income by simply doing nature's business, the report said.

In addition to promoting good hygiene habits, the program is focused on providing waste to fertilizer-testing research efforts.

"We're motivating people to know the value of their urine. The urine that is collected goes into fields for paddy crops, and of course the feces becomes good compost in a matter of months," said Marathi Subburaman, who thought up the plan.

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