Highlights

Government of India’s authority Comptroller and Auditor General of India report titled “Construction of Toilets in Schools by central public sector enterprises’s (CPSEs)” was presented in the Parliament of India (Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha) on Wednesday. The report has pointed out that toilet construction in schools by CPSEs has several gaps that were constructed under the Swachh Vidyalaya Mission. CAG report highlighted that the objectives of the Swachh Vidyalaya Mission scheme has not been achieved because of poor maintenance of toilets, lack of dedicated funds and poor water availability inside toilets.

Points To Note

  • CAG Report says, 40 per cent of the surveyed toilets (Around three thousand toilets were surveyed out of 1.4 lakh) were found to be non- existent, partially constructed, or unused.
  • 70 per cent of the toilets did not have the running water facilities.
  • 75 per cent of the toilets were insanitary.
  • Hand washing facility was not available in 55 per cent of the toilets.
  • 27 per cent of the school did not have separate toilets for boys and girls.

Why there is gap?

CAG Report says, Lack of dedicated funds, poor maintenance and poor water availability in toilets are the reason for these loopholes.

Background

Swachh Vidyalaya Mission

Swachh Vidyalaya Mission was launched by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in September 2014. The Mission was launched with an aim to construct separate toilets for boys and girls in order to meet the mandate of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

CAG recommendation

Comptroller and Auditor General of India has recommended to the concerned ministries to address the issues of non-existence of toilets and the absence of basic amenities in toilets including hand wash, running water, urinals and drainage of waste water. CAG report on Gaps in toilet construction by CPECs CAG report on Gaps in toilet construction by CPECs