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‘State govt backward in utilising funds for toilets’

To justify his comments,he based his argument on the 2011 census figures,according to which 42.70 per cent of households in Gujarat did not have toilets.

Coming down heavily on Modi for his “toilets first,temples later” remark,Congress chief whip in the Assembly Balvantsinh Rajput on Monday said the CM should first follow that in his own state. To justify his comments,he based his argument on the 2011 census figures,according to which 42.70 per cent of households in Gujarat did not have toilets.

Rajput said that out of the 53.79 lakh toilets that the state government was to build in the dalit and tribal pockets of the state in the past 15 years under the “Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan”,only 46.57 lakh have been built so far.

Claiming that a total of Rs 702.32 crore (including share of the state government) had been allotted for the toilets between 1999-2000 and 2013-14,he said the state government was yet to utilise Rs 159.27 crore for the purpose. According to Rajput,3,421 school toilets and 4,842 anganwadi toilets were also pending. Rajput said that an analysis of expenditure on the issue showed that only Rs 3.06 crore of the central share and Rs 90 lakh from the state have been utilised for the purpose between September 2012 and September 2013 in the state. Meanwhile,Bihar,Arunachal Pradesh,MP,Manipur and West Bengal,had spent higher that Gujarat in the same period under the scheme,he said. “The BJP government in the state has not allocated and utilised funds for toilets in Ahmedabad,Gandhingar,Kheda,Porbander,Rajkot,Vadodara and Surendranagar districts’’,he said.

Rajput said that a total of Rs 338.14 crore under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan were allocated for 45 per cent of beneficiaries belonging to SC/ST. But the Gujarat government,according to him,spent only 33.88 per cent on SC/STs. Against it,Arunachal Pradesh,Haryana,MP,Manipur and Meghalaya spent 56.43%,40.67%,59.57%,42.71%and 73.52%respectively on SC/STs. “This shows that the government is backward in spending money on toilet construction for SC/STs than other states,” he added.

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