Forget free lavatories, Hajin residents even lose beneficiary share

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BANDIPORA: Residents of Hajin are up in arms against officials of Municipal Committee for failing to construct the sanitary lavatories under a central government scheme despite giving a beneficiary contribution in 2009.
Locals said that they paid Rs 1250 to the municipal committee of Hajin in 2009 for the construction of sanitary lavatories till now not constructed a single.
“We were told that you will get sanitary lavatories by paying the amount of Rs 1250 as beneficiary share and rest will be covered by the government scheme. But from nine years we are still waiting for the government action,” said Mohammad Ashraf Teli, a local.
Executive Officer Municipal Committee Hajin, Ghulam Rasool Shah said: “in 2009 it was Integrated Low-Cost Sanitation Scheme (ILCSS) under which household gave 1250 to the municipal committee as a beneficiary’s contribution but the money was accommodated by the officer in some wrong things(sic).”
ILCSS was a centrally sponsored scheme to convert/ construct low-cost sanitation units through sanitary two pit pour flush latrines and to construct new latrines for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) households having no latrine and defecate in the open. The funding pattern of the scheme is 75:15:10 which is Central share: State share: Beneficiary contribution.
He further added that when Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) was launched he verified 563 beneficiaries. He also said that they have received funds worth Rs 11 lakh before 10 days and every beneficiary will get Rs 17490, in their accounts.
“No beneficiary needs to go anywhere. They will get Rs 17490 in their accounts soon,” he said.
Regarding the beneficiary contribution of Rs 1250 under ILCSS he said that he will talk to authorities and will pay them back.
Talking to District Panchayat Officer Bandipora Nazir Ahmad said that the Below Poverty Line (BPL) households and marginal Above Poverty Line (APL) will get Rs 12000.
Swachh Bharat Mission was started in India on 2nd October 2014 is nowhere in some villages and towns. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) a campaign in India that aims to clean up the streets, roads, and infrastructure of India’s cities, smaller towns and rural areas. The objectives of Swachh Bharat include eliminating open defecation through the construction of household-owned community owned toilets and establishing an accountable mechanism for monitoring toilet use. Run by the Government of India, the mission aims to achieve an Open-Defecation Free (ODF) India by 2 October 2019, by constructing 12 million toilets in rural India at a project cost of 1.96 lakh crore.

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