The controversy over MP mason Dilip Singh Malviya, who was appreciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for building “100 toilets” without any labour charge refuses to die down.
On Tuesday, panchayat and rural development minister Gopal Bhargava said that he had directed concerned officials to probe claims that Dilip Singh Malviya had constructed the toilets free of cost in Sehore’s Bhojpura village as funds had not been provided for their construction. He also said the state government had not sent any details of Dilip Singh to the PMO, adding that his details or the work he was doing might have been picked up from the local press or the social media by the PMO.
Talking to mediapersons, Bhargava said that the state government had enough funds for the construction of the toilets in the districts.
“Given the claims that Dilip Singh had constructed toilets free of cost as funds were not provided for the construction of toilets, I have asked the officials concerned in my department to probe the matter as it is a serious issue,” he said.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appreciated mason Dilip Singh Malviya for building “100 toilets” without any labour charges in his radio talk ‘Mann ki baat’ .The reference sparked fresh controversy, with Congress leaders alleging that the village had only 53 households and not hundred.
On what he had to say about the allegations of the Congress leaders, Bhargava said, “First, let us no go into the numbers here. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi with good intentions made a reference to Malviya because he had worked without any wages. Somebody must have written about him in the local press or social media, which was perhaps picked up by the PMO. The state government has not sent his details to the PMO,” he said.
He added that officials were looking into who financed the construction of the toilets as the state government had enough funds for their construction. He said each beneficiary who builds a toilet gets Rs 12,000.