Corruption in construction of toilets in rural schools: Joshi
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 21:58
New Delhi: Pulling up the states for providing poor sanitation facilities in rural areas, Rural Development Minister C P Joshi on Wednesday said that malpractices are rampant in the construction of toilets in many rural schools of the country.

He also expressed serious concern over the fast-depleting groundwater table and asked the states to utilise the NREGA fund, available at their disposal, in water harvesting and conservation programmes, if there is any shortage of fund on these heads.

"We are providing money (from) here. Go and visit rural area schools which is located at 30-40 kilometres away from the Panchayat headquarters. You will find what is the system there. Contractors just erect a foundation and that becomes a toilet. The quality of sanitation being provided is very poor, Joshi said.

He was addressing a conference on strategies for rural drinking water supply and sanitation attended by senior officials from water resources department of various states, representatives of different ministries and world bank, non-government organisations and experts were present in the conference.

"Please address the quality of sanitation being provided to school. Identify the areas where highest number of poor families belonging to SC, ST and minority community live and see what is the condition in those areas," he added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 21:58

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