Join Us On:

Women From Chhattisgarh Want Cops to Find Their ‘Missing’ Toilets

A local RTI activist claims that the toilets, to be built under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, existed only on paper.

2 min read
Women From Chhattisgarh Want Cops to Find Their ‘Missing’ Toilets
Hindi Female

The Quint DAILY

For impactful stories you just can’t miss

By subscribing you agree to our Privacy Policy

Toilets have gone "missing" from a house in a Chhattisgarh village and a woman and her daughter want a bewildered police to trace them fast. A local RTI activist claims that the toilets existed only on paper.

The women filed the written complaint with the police last week after they found out that the two toilets, proposed under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, were shown in documents as already constructed for which the fund was also released.

Bela Bai Patel (70) and her daughter Chanda (45), residents of Amarpur village in Bilaspur, filed the complaint stating that their toilets were stolen, Pendra station house officer Ishaak Khalko said.


The women wanted their toilets to be traced and action taken against those involved in the "theft", he said, adding that an inquiry was underway. As per preliminary information, Bela and Chanda, both widows belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category, live in two different parts of their house in Amarpur.

The duo had submitted their application to the village panchayat in 2015-16 for the construction of two toilets in their house, the SHO said. The applications of all the beneficiaries from the village were forwarded to the janpad panchayat at Pendra for approval following which the permission was granted, he said.


When the work did not start even after a year of the approval, as claimed by villagers, Bela and Chanda approached the janpad panchayat office last month to enquire about the status of the work.

To their surprise, they were informed by the panchayat officials that the toilets have already been made. The two women later filed a complaint with police. A local activist, Surendra Patel, sought information on the status of the toilets in Amarpur through an RTI query with Pendra janpad panchayat.

Patel said that as per the reply received last week, the work of construction of toilets in the houses of all the beneficiaries has been completed and money has also been paid for it. He alleged that the toilets were only built "on paper and not on the ground".

There is a gross irregularity in the construction of toilets under the ‘Clean India’ mission in Amarpur village. Not only these two women, but several other ‘beneficiaries’ are affected by the corruption. 
Surendra Patel, Bilaspur activist to PTI

When contacted, Pendra janpad panchayat's chief executive officer K S Dhruva said he has received information about the status of toilets in Amarpur and it is being verified.

(At The Quint, we are answerable only to our audience. Play an active role in shaping our journalism by becoming a member. Because the truth is worth it.)

Read Latest News and Breaking News at The Quint, browse for more from news and india

Speaking truth to power requires allies like you.
Become a Member
3 months
12 months
12 months
Check Member Benefits
Read More