PATNA: A physically-challenged youth in Bihar sold off his buffalo, the lone source of his livelihood, to construct a toilet at home.
Shivji Paswan, a resident of Dhanav village under Itama panchayat in Rohtas district, ran from pillar to post to get funds for constructing a toilet at home but to no avail.
Eventually, he sold off his buffalo in the weekend to collect money for toilet construction.
“We have several options of livelihood available there but have no option for toilet,” says the youth, a graduate.
Deprived off the lone sources of livelihood, Paswan now sells eggs in a local market to run his family.
Last month, a rural woman from Begusarai district had done similar things to construct a toilet in her home giving a new push to the government’s campaign against open defecation.
Yashoda Devi who hails from Bachhwada village in Begusarai district, sold off her milching buffalo to arrange money for toilet construction while her husband was away.
According to an official report, around 16.5 million households out of over 110 million populations in Bihar currently do not have toilets in their homes, forcing the people to defecate in the open.