Amina Khatoon, a resident of Pathra Uttar village under Pipra block of Supaul district in flood-prone Koshi region, begged in the neighbouring villages to collect the money for constructing a toilet, the official said.
Moved by her commitment, a mason, and a labourer, who worked for her, refused to take any money, Ms Khatoon said. She was felicitated by the district administration on Sunday at a function in her village for her unique effort.
A widow in her late 40s and mother of a minor boy, she works as a labourer to earn her livelihood.
She claims that when she approached the block level officials for funds to construct a toilet, they ignored her request despite the hype around Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in Bihar.
Millions of people in Bihar still defecate in the open and not a single district has so far been declared ODF (Open Defecation Free). But it is a different matter that the state government has targeted an ODF Bihar by October 2, 2019, under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G).
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