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Bihar: No help from govt, woman builds toilet with money made from begging

Pointing out the official apathy towards the poor despite the hype around Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Bihar, Amina said the concerned block level officials ignored her plea when she approached them for funds to construct a toilet.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2018 4:47 pm
Woman constructs toilet in Bihar by begging Amina, a widow in her late 40s and mother of a minor boy, is working as a labourer to earn her livelihood. (Express Photo/Representational)

In an act that has drawn widespread praise, a poverty-stricken woman in Bihar has built a toilet in her home with the money she made out of begging, IANS has reported. With no help from anywhere, Amina Khatoon, of Pathra Uttar village in flood-prone Koshi region, went asking for money in the neighbouring villages, an official said on Monday.

Amina said a mason and a labourer, who helped in the construction of the toilet, refused to take their wages as they were moved by her commitment. On Sunday, Amina was felicitated for her extraordinary effort at a function organised by the district administration in her village.

A widow in her late 40s and mother of a minor boy, Amina works as a labourer to earn her livelihood.

Pointing out the official apathy towards the poor despite the hype around Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Amina said the block level officials ignored her plea when she approached them for funds to construct a toilet.

Bihar is worse off in terms of eradication of open defecation in the country is concerned. Millions of people in Bihar still practice open defecation and not a single district in the state has so far been declared ODF (Open Defecation Free).

The state government has, however. targeted an ODF Bihar by October 2, 2019, under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G).

With IANS inputs

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    Skrishna
    Feb 13, 2018 at 3:35 pm
    The poor woman must be honoured by government as Swatch Bharat Nari of the year and honoured publicly. It will produce a positive escalating effect.
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    1. Sayed Maqsood Ahmed
      Feb 12, 2018 at 6:42 pm
      shame modi is shouting like a hell, and this lady, hat off to her she build the toilet from the money by begging after official ignore Desh Badal Raha hai, under Modi rule for 4 years and don't know in the remaining one year Desh will be barbad. All the money under swatch Bharat is eaten by Modi govt officials, hahahahah will Nitish Kumar have some shame and pay this lady the money, she spent on constructing the toilets, hahahahahah
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        Rakesh
        Feb 12, 2018 at 6:39 pm
        A big salute to the lady.please share to narendra nodu sir
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        1. Sunil
          Feb 12, 2018 at 6:16 pm
          The reason chaiwala only chants chaigaram chaigaram.But chai is always cold.Same our PM as he is basically with same ground.No reality just talk.He and mota will chai and pakodas in the bullet train that other government will build.
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            jay
            Feb 12, 2018 at 5:16 pm
            Great!! Calling on all Bihari migrants to money to the mother state Bihar for development and calling on all Bihari migrants to return to Bihar long term to help out with this campaign.
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