31 lakh Lavatories go missing in the state of Maharashtra
This is the news about the missing of large number of Lavotaries from the state of Maharashtra.
Missing of Lavotaries fro Maharashtra
Discrepancy in the figures of the land under irrigation in Maharashtra has made the state government a big joke resulting in the announcement of the White Paper on the irrigation department by the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan two months ago. The people of the state are confused as to what is the exact progress of the state under irrigation in the last 10 years, whether it is 0.1 per cent as stated by the development report of the state, 28 per cent as it is stated in Vidhan Sabha or 42 per cent as claimed by the department.
As the confused people of the state are waiting for the White Paper to know the exact position of the irrigation department there is another braking news that has shocked the people, and that is 31,10,000Â lavatories constructed by the State and Central funding in the state are missing.
According to the state government the total number of lavatories constructed in the state under the Sampurna Swachata Abhiyan till 2011 are 80, 69,000. However, the figures quoted by the ongoing census tell a different story. The initial information gathered under the census states that the total number of lavatories are 49,59,000 only. Hence there is a big question, Where are the rest of the 31,10,000 lavatories gone?
According to the sources in the state government the ongoing census states that during 2001 to 2011 there is an increase of 25 per cent in the construction of houses in the state. During the last 10 years the number of houses in the urban area increased by 1,08,14,000 and in the rural region by 1,30,17,000.Â While doing a census survey it is not only the construction of the house they ask for, they also record other information, which includes information about the lavatory.
According to the sources, the lavatories are constructed on paper so as to get Nirmal Gram Puraskar to the maximum number of villages in the District.
The figures in the census report revealed the cleanliness ofSwachata Abiyan particularly in Gadchiroli District of Vidarbha, Dhule District of Khandesh and Parbhani and Usmanabad districts of Marathvada where lavatories are constructed on paper.Â Surprisingly the Home Minister of the State R.R. Patil happens to be the Guardian Minister of Gadchiroli district where the maximum number of lavatories are constructed on paper.
No government official is ready to answer the question about the missing lavatories. Some officials who opted to speak off the record opined that the lavatories constructed by the government funding are temporary, as Rs. 3500 provided by government to construct a lavatory is not enough to build a permanent one. The temporary lavatories are erected during the Nirmal Gram Purskar drive. The village is awarded and then after some weeks the temporary lavatories vanish.