Claim: In their [Congress’s] 55 years, sanitation coverage was around 38% and in our 55 months it is nearly 98%. Gas connections in their 55 years were 12 crore, it is 13 crore in 55 months. We have worked at greater speed in our five years.
Fact: Misleading. Swachh Bharat Mission targets its beneficiaries based on a 2012 baseline survey, and the list has not been updated since, leaving many households without access to a toilet. Further, high rates of cylinders have made LPG refills unaffordable for many.
Explanation: As per the Swachh Bharat Mission dashboard, sanitation coverage was 38.7% in October 2014 and is 99.08% as on April 15, 2019. The beneficiaries for the scheme were selected on the basis of a baseline survey conducted in 2012-13 and the list was not updated after that, leaving many households without a toilet, said a 2018 Comptroller and Auditor General report.
In 2014, there were 13 crore (130 million) LPG connections which increased to 25 crore (250 million) as of December 2018. Of the added 12 crore, 6 crore (60 million) connections were issued under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. Despite increased connections, PMUY faces challenges because of high rates of refill cylinders and safety concerns, FactChecker.in reported in May 2018.