Order of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh regarding illegality committed in construction of toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission, Bhind, Madhya Pradesh, 06/07/2021

  • 06/07/2021

Order of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh in the matter of Omnarayan Sharma Vs State of Madhya Pradesh & Others dated 06/07/2021.

The matter related to corruption/illegality committed in construction of toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission. A resident of village Etahar, district Bhind had registered a complaint on the Chief Minister Helpline Portal that Sarpanch, Secretary and other officers of the Gram Panchayat Ater, district Bhind have embezzled public fund in the name of construction of toilets but neither toilets have been constructed nor any amount for construction has been received by 93 beneficiaries. The petitioner stated that in other blocks of district Bhind also corruption was taking place in the construction of toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission.

The authorities must ensure that in their respective jurisdiction (District) Poverty Alleviation Scheme especially Swachh Bharat Mission Scheme and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (MGNREGA), etc. are being properly executed and intended beneficiaries get the benefits of the scheme and if any authority refuses to cooperate with the beneficiary in providing him / her access to the benefits that she is entitled to under any Poverty Alleviation Scheme, then the responsible authority under District Legal Services Authority (DALSA) shall proactively take care of the situation by proceeding as per Clause 9, 10 and 11 of the Scheme, 2015, said the order passed by the Madhya Pradesh High Court, July 6, 2021.