CAG points out lack of basic sanitation facilities in school toilets across 15 states

The non-existing and partially constructed toilets constituted 11 percent of toilets surveyed

As per the reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General on the construction of toilets in Schools by Central Public Sector Enterprises (Closed) released ok Wednesday, over half of the government school toilets don't have basic sanitation facilities.

The case of non-existent toilets

This survey was conducted by the CAG in 2695 toilets across 2048 schools in 25 states.

The CPSEs did not construct 83 toilets despite being identified for construction. Out of the remaining 2612 toilets, 200 of them were still waiting for their construction while 86 of them remained underdone.

The auditor also pointed that out of the 2326 constructed toilets 72% or 1679 out of 2326 surveyed didn't have running water facilities. Further hand washing facilities are at bay in 55% of the total constructed toilets.

The CAG in its statement added that the objective of providing separate toilets for boys and girls was not fulfilled in 27% of the schools.

Seven CPSEs- NTPC Ltd, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd(PGCIL), NHPC Ltd, Power Finance Corporation, REC Ltd, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, and Coal India Ltd- under the ministries of power, coal, and petroleum, and natural gas constructed 1,30,703 toilets.

CPSEs underutilized the given resources

However, as per MHRD data and Swachha Bharat report, CPSEs constructed all the toilets as of 1 March 2016, and the number of toilets completed was 1,19,530.

The auditor noticed the cases of non-provision of soap, bucket, cleaning agents, disinfectants, and inadequate cleanliness of pathways.

The ministries were told to look into the matter of non-existent and incomplete toilets that were claimed to be constructed.

Since the audit survey covered the sample size of just 2% of total toilets, Closed were advised to run a check mechanism for all the remaining toilets and ensure proper examination of the progress

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