New Delhi: The tall claims of the state government to provide basic amenities like toilets in schools remains to be far cry. Especially in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh where the drive is facing a tough time. Even, in the national capital, two schools have still not got this facility. 

In Madhya Pradesh, there are at least 32,000 schools which lack basic amenities. Bihar follows closely with 23,000 schools and Uttar Pradesh and Chattishgarh each with 20,000 schools respectively.

The Supreme Court had even directed all the states and Union Territories (UT) to provide toilet facilities in all the government schools by December 31.

A division bench comprising Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Dipak Misra in October last year had said that temporary facilities must be provided by November 30, 2011,  in case permanent services cannot be enabled.

The court's direction came in the course of hearing of a petition seeking to provide drinking water and toilet facilities in government schools across the country.

The court was told that by and large drinking water facilities have been made available in almost all the government schools in states and UTs.

The court directed listing of the matter for December 5 when the states and UTs have been asked to file their compliance report in respect of providing temporary toilet facilities.