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Swachh Bharat Fund: 13 states spend below 50% on rural sanitation

Goa spends nothing; Manipur, Odisha and Punjab cross allocation mark

The collection of a 0.5 per cent cess on services to fund the Swachh Bharat programme began this week. However, so far, 13 of the 29 states have not even spent their allotted funds on the government's flagship sanitation programme in rural areas. The Swachh Bharat cess of 0.5 per cent,will go to the Centre, as unlike taxes, cess proceeds are not shared with states. This cess is likely to raise Rs 1,000-crore annually for the government. The money will be used for Swachh Bharat. However, data from the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) reveals that the states have Rs ...