Toilets Go 'Missing' From Chhattisgarh Village, Complaint Filed
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.
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Bilaspur: 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.
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.
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".
When contacted, Pendra janpad panchayat's chief executive officer K S Dhruva said he has received information (about status of toilets in Amarpur) and it is being verified.(Get detailed and live results of each and every seat of the state Assemblies in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram to know which candidate/party is leading or trailing and to know who has won and who has lost and by what margin. Our one-of-its-kind Election Analytics Centre lets you put on the psephologist's hat. Know interesting facts and trivia about the elections. Elections = News18)
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