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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: 75 per cent government schools in 15 states lack sanitation facilities

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ was extensively taught in government schools to the children. However, the government schools itself lacked in the implementation of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. 75 per cent of government schools in 15 states do not have adequate sanitation facilities in the toilet making it highly untidy, stated in a audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in Parliament on Wednesday.

Apart from it there has been fraudulent activities in building the toilets.11 per cent of the toilets constructed in schools by central government companies (PASUs) have been found ‘missing’ from their place i.e. they were constructed only on paper not physically. While 30 per cent of the toilets are not being operated.

The CAG has actually audited 2695 toilets in 2048 schools across 15 states. These toilets were among 1,30,703 toilets built by government companies of the four ministries in 2014 on the appeal of the Ministry of Education. These toilets were constructed at a cost of Rs 2162 crore.

According to the report, 1812 out of 2326 school toilets were found filthy and in poorly maintained state during the survey. On contrary to clean the toilet at least once a day, 715 of these 1812 toilets are not cleaned at all, while 1097 toilets are being cleaned twice a week to once a month.

Further it stated, 200 toilets were made only on paper, while 86 were partially constructed. 83 toilets were found to be already constructed in some other scheme.

This construction of toilets campaign was carried out under the goal of separate toilets for boys and girls. Meanwhile, the CAG report mentions, there are toilets in 99 schools and single toilet is being used in 436 schools i.e. 27 per cent schools still do not have separate toilets for boys and girls.

In the survey, 72 per cent i.e. 1679 schools do not have water to use after using the toilet, while 55 per cent i.e. 1279 schools do not have soap or water for hand wash.

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