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The Bihar government has come to know that around 40 lakh people twice made false claims to get Rs 12,000 back for construction of toilets under the government scheme. This information was given in the state assembly on Wednesday.
Bihar Rural Development Minister Shravan Kumar told the Vidhan Sabha that under the Lohia Swachh Bihar Abhiyan (LSBA) scheme, about 40 lakh people from rural areas of the state made false claims to get Rs 12,000 back for construction of toilets. Replying to the supplement during Question Hour, the minister said, “The matter came to the fore when the officials were scrutinizing the documents of disbursement of Rs 12,000 for construction of toilets under the LSBA scheme.”
He said that during the investigation it was found that about 40 lakh people had applied fraudulently to get the amount again. Their applications were rejected and the government is now contemplating to initiate action against them.
He said that the Rural Development Department has so far released funds to about 85 lakh people for construction of toilets under LSBA in rural areas. Funds were also released by some other departments for construction of toilets to about 37 lakh people. The LSBA campaign was launched in 2016 to make the rural areas of the state Open Defecation Free (ODF).
Shravan Kumar said that the schemes under LSBA are being implemented in the rural areas of the state by the Rural Development Department to fulfill the state government’s resolve to build toilets, respect the house. Meanwhile, Education Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary told the House that the state government would soon start distributing appointment letters to 30,000 candidates selected for the posts of teachers.