In a shocking update the CAG released information about state of Swachh Bharat Mission in the National Capital. Not a single toilet was constructed in the national capital since the inception of the Swachh Bharat Mission two-and-half years ago, with funds to the tune of Rs 403.1 million for this purpose lying ‘idle’, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said on Tuesday.
According to a report by the CAG tabled in the Delhi Assembly, the Aam Aadmi Party-led government failed to allocate any of the Mission funds to implementing agencies as per their requirements.
It said the implementing agencies, including all three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCDs) and the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) received a total of Rs 403.1 million under the Mission including Rs 100.8 million as state share, but the entire fund remained unutilised as of March 2017.
“NDMC, SDMC and DCB did not assess the requirement of household toilets, but the Mission funds totalling Rs 169.2 million was released to them for construction of household toilets,” the CAG report said.
The auditing body said the DUSIB, responsible for making islums and JJ clusters in the city open defecation free (ODF), did not receive the state share from the Delhi government.
“The DUSIB received (as in January 2016) an amount of Rs 6.86 crore, including the state share of Rs 17.1 million (25 percent of the total cost) against Rs 414.9 million required by them.
“Though the body actively followed up with the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) for state share (60 percent ) for construction of community toilets, the GNCTD did not release the same during 2016-17. Therefore, DUSIB refunded the entire fund of Rs 689.6 million it received under the Mission,” the CAG said in its report.
“This shows that the GNCTD did not give adequate importance to the implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission Scheme,” the report said.
The CAG also added that beneficiaries of unauthorised colonies were not considered for construction of household toilets under the Mission, which means “most of the habitats known for lack of toilet facilities were excluded from the Mission at the planning stage itself”.
It’s been 2 and a half years since the beginning of the cleaniness mission that swept the nation and gained momentum with time and has achieved worldwide recognition. It started with the core ideals and values of cleaniness, hygiene that would allow us to take that one step closer to eliminating some diseases and more importantly set in motion a mindset that had much greater impact. At this point such instances shows a lack of common unity against this evil. Politics aside, this is one issue where each and every citizen should unite for and move forward.