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Rs 60 lakh meant for SLWM in villages spent on construction of lavatories
Misappropriation of Swachh Bharat Mission Funds
4/21/2017 11:04:57 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Apr 21: The Rural Development Department (RDD) has been caught on the wrong foot as money which was meant for Solid Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) in villages under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) has been diverted towards construction of lavatory blocks. Sources say that majority of these lavatory blocks haven't been constructed as already existing washrooms have been photographed by RDD officials and shown as new construction Details available with Early Times reveal that not a single rupee has been spent by the Rural Development Department (RDD) from last two and a half years on Solid Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) in villages.
As per reliable information, an amount of Rs 60 lakhs approximately was available with Directorate of Rural Sanitation J&K Govt for undertaking SLWM in villages , but the money was wasted for construction of lavatory blocks.
The officials of Rural Development Department (RDD) are in a race of giving Open Defecation Free (ODF) certificate to villages and during this process they have to show that all the households have lavatory blocks constructed. It is alleged that households which already have lavatory blocks in their households are photographed and shown to have been constructed under SBM Grameen -Individual Household Level Lavatory (IHHL) component. Sources in Rural Development Department say that Village Level Workers (VLW) and Gram Rozgar Sewaks (GRS) plus ex Sarpanches and Panches are minting money in equal shares and some part of is given to the head of the family as well who has constructed the lavatory block.
Reliable sources say that in 30 to 40 percent of cases across Jammu and Kashmir divisions already existing lavatory blocks were photographed by the officials of Rural Development Department (RDD) from last 2 years and on papers they were shown to have been constructed under IHHL scheme of SBM Gramin . Pertinent to mention that Rs 12000 is provided to each household for construction of a single lavatory block.
It is worthwhile to mention that SBM Grameen guidelines issued on October 2, 2014 has a clear policy on Solid Liquid Waste Management (SLWM)in Rural areas of India at each Gram panchayat level , but authorities are only focusing on construction of lavatories as solid liquid waste management is yet to be taken up and the money provided by Govt of India under this component is diverted for useless works.
The objective of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM-Grameen) lays emphasis on bringing about improvement in hygiene, quality of life and cleanliness in rural areas across India. Solid Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) is one of the key components of this national flagship programme.
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