Swachh Bharat Mission hit by poor capacity building

A report of the Standing Committee on Rural Development found that during the last two year, there are unspent balances of Rs 14,087 crore lying with different states and Union Territories.

Published: 23rd July 2018 01:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2018 06:28 AM   |  A+A-

The Centre’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) seems to have hit a roadblock due to lack of adequate capacity building at village-level to run the programme. (Photo | File/EPS)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Centre’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) seems to have hit a roadblock due to lack of adequate capacity building at village-level to run the programme. Also, funds are lying idle in big states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. A report of the Standing Committee on Rural Development found that during the last two year, there are unspent balances of Rs 14,087 crore lying with different states and Union Territories. Sanitation coverage in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu &Kashmir and Odisha is very low.

Some of the states such as Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh have large amount of unspent balances. In fact, the top three states are UP (Rs 2,836.82 crore), Bihar (Rs 2,764.62 crore) and Madhya Pradesh (Rs 866.68 crore). According to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the broad reasons responsible for unspent balances are inadequate capacity building at grass-root level and the presence of multiple agencies involved in work.

The parliamentary standing committee felt there is a need to liquidate the huge unspent balance in the big states by strengthening the implementation constraints and strict monitoring. It recommended that if the state implementing agencies are not utilising the allocation, the central government may frame state specific action plan to liquidate the unspent balances. In its assessment, the panel said Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of sanitation for all and a clean India is still elusive.

“The Centre has claimed about 84 per cent of sanitation coverage in rural areas of the country on May 24, 2018. However, the committee found that the sanitation figures seemed to be more on paper but the actual progress on the ground level is very lethargic.” Launched on Gandhi Jayanti in 2014, the Mission aims to accelerate efforts for achieving universal sanitation coverage, improving cleanliness and ending open defecation by Oct. 2, 2019.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp