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Serious dearth of toilets in Telangana, AP: CAG

The Hindu, 11 September 2014


HYDERABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a strong pitch for toilets in every school. Numerous studies find a direct link between the high dropout rate among girls to the absence of toilets in schools. Yet, the ground reality remains sickeningly different in the State.


Most of the government schools in the State lack toilets and those which have are in pitiable condition. As per the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), toilets should be provided in government schools with emphasis on separate toilets for girls. But an audit scrutiny revealed startling facts about the state of affairs. There are no separate toilets for girls in 40 out of 84 schools physically verified. In the remaining schools where toilets are available, 19 are in dilapidated condition while 12 are devoid of water facility. This is in contrast to the Government of India guidelines which insist on separate toilets for boys and girls in all co-educational schools.


The Comptroller and Auditor General of India report on local bodies for the composite State of Andhra Pradesh presented to the A.P Assembly, depicts an appalling picture of school toilets. Most of the 84 toilets verified were in a state of collapse and non-maintenance. Read more....