No toilet at govt school in Modi’s home town Vadnagar

GANDHINAGAR: Though Gujarat Government claims that it has built the highest number of toilets in the country, government schools in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home town Vadnagar and chief minister Anandiben Patel’s home town Vijapur in Mehsana district do not have toilets.

This information was revealed by state education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama in the state assembly in a written response to MLA Prahald Patel, reported Times of India.

The MLA asked, “How many government schools in Mehsana district don’t have boys or girls’ toilets and what action government has taken so far to address the issue.” In response, the minister said, “Vijapur and Vadnagar schools don’t have boys or girls’ toilets.”

The Gujarat government has made Rs 7.8 billion allocation for the construction of 700,000 toilets in 2016-17.

According to the official data, a total of 7,029,199 families are in Gujarat as per the 2012 baseline survey, out of which 3,3,21,047 houses do not have toilets. Till June 2015, a total of 648,981 toilets were constructed, while 2,672,066 toilets are yet to be constructed as per the 2012 baseline survey requirement. Progress of 552,419 toilets’ construction is on various stages.

Under the Nirmal Bharat campaign of the government of India, in 2014-15 a total of 423,995 toilets were built in Gujarat, while in 2015-16, the government is yet to achieve the target of building 730,000 toilets in the state.

In rural Gujarat, against the target of 211,000 toilets in BPL (below poverty line) category, only 82,000 toilets were built from 2012-13 to 2014-15 by the panchayat and rural development department. However in the APL (Above Poverty Line) category, it could build 433,000 toilets against the target of 570,000. However, in public toilet category, against the target of 431, the actual achievement was only 05. In school toilets’ construction programme, against 17,287 target the department could build only 4,661 toilets.

In Anganwadi toilets, against the target of 8,016, only 2,643 toilets were built.

In Anandiben and Prime Minister Modi’s own home district Mehsana, according to the information given by the state government, a total of 14,291 families are without toilets as per 2012 survey, while against that the government could provide toilets to only 2,718 families.

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