Ranchi: During the ongoing budget session of the Jharkhand assembly a heated argument today took place between JVM(P) MLA
Pradeep Yadav and Water resources and sanitation Minister Chandra Prakash Chowdhary. Raising the issue Mr Yadav said that
declaration of Jharkhand as an ODF state was only on papers and the data given by the government was fake. He claimed that the reality was far from the truth and alleged that such is the condition of toilets in the state that the walls would fall if pushed by both hands.
Mr Yadav said that the government was supposed to get the ODF verified in 3 months but it appears that the government has
not given any report and has also not done the verification. In his reply Mr Chowdhary said that it was true that hundred percent success rate has not been received in ODF but claimed that work has been done and change has been also reported in the behaviour of the people. He said that if the MLA wanted the report then the same would be provided to him however as both of them
kept exchanging words the Minister challenged Mr Yadav to verify his claims.
Joining in the debate Urban Development Minister CP Singh dared Mr Yadav to visit any block in Ranchi during the lunch break and verify his claims. Intervening into the matter Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that the opposition should not make fun of Jharkhand. He said that swachh Bharat was the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and for 67 years no work was done under this regard however under Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time work has been done and the government was committed to gift a clean India to Mahatma Gandhi.
He accepted that there may have been flaws in construction of the toilets but now women do not have to wait for dark for going out in the open which has also saved them from mental pain. He said that Jharkhand was the first state where women masson and jal sahiyas have worked on the odf mission. The Chief Minister said that in 2014 ODF percentage in Jharkhand was just 18% which under his government has gone above 99% and assured the house that the flaws will be corrected. On the other hand Mr Chowdhary assured the house that soon the verification of toilet construction and ODF would be done in the state.