CAG report – Gaps in toilet constructions by CPECs.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report titled “Construction of Toilets in Schools by CPSEs” was presented in the Parliament on Wednesday. The report has pointed out that toilet construction in schools by central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) has several gaps that were constructed under the Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan. The report highlighted that the objectives of the scheme has not been achieved because of poor maintenance of toilets, lack of dedicated funds and poor water availability inside toilets.

Highlights

  • Report says, 40% of the surveyed toilets (Around 3000 toilets were surveyed out of 1.4 lakh) were found to be non- existent, partially constructed, or unused.
  • 70% of the toilets did not have the running water facilities.
  • 75% of the toilets were unhygienic.
  • Hand washing facility was not available in 55% of the toilets.
  • 27% of the school did not have separate toilets for boys and girls.

Why there is gap?

Lack of dedicated funds, poor maintenance and poor water availability in toilets are the reason for these loopholes.

Background

Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan

This programme was launched by the Human Resource Development Ministry in September 2014. The programme was launched with an aim to construct separate toilets for boys and girls in order to meet the mandate of Right to Education Act.

CAG recommendation

The CAG has recommended to the concerned ministries to address the issues of non-existence of toilets and the absence of basic amenities in toilets including hand wash, running water, urinals and drainage of waste water.

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