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Woman constructs toilet in Bihar by begging

IANS  |  Patna 

Setting a rare example that has drawn applause, a poverty-stricken woman in collected money through for constructing a at her house, an said on Monday.

Amina Khatoon, a resident of Pathra Uttar village under Pipra block of district in flood-prone Koshi region, begged in the neighbouring villages to collect the money for constructing a toilet, the said.

Moved by her commitment, a mason, and a labourer, who worked for her, refused to take their wages, Amina said. She was felicitated by the district administration on Sunday at a function in her village for her unique effort.

Amina, a widow in her late 40s and mother of a minor boy, is working as a labourer to earn her livelihood.

According to Amina, when she approached the concerned block level officials for funds to construct a toilet, they ignored her - highlighting the apathy towards the very poor, despite the hype around Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in

is at the bottom as far as eradicating open defecation is concerned.

Millions of people in Bihar still practice open defecation and not a single district has so far been declared ODF (Open Defecation Free). But it is a different matter that the has targeted an ODF Bihar by October 2, 2019, under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G).



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 14:04 IST