155 Villages Falsely Claimed To Be Open Defecation-Free In Madhya Pradesh, Action Initiated

The Logical Indian Crew Madhya Pradesh

October 30th, 2017 / 3:48 PM

Courtesy: Hindustan Times | Image Credit: Hindustan Times

Officials who had falsely reported 155 villages in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh as open defecation-free (ODF) under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan are due to face action, Hindustan Times reports.

Teams of 250 members had been formed by ADM Niaz Khan to verify the claims that these villages are now open defecation-free. They found out that the claims that have been made were false, around 2000 villagers were caught defecating in the open. The inspection was carried out between 5 am to 7:30 am.

In some places, the villagers were not even using the toilets that were made; in other areas, toilets have not been built.

After receiving various complaints that many villages have been wrongly given the tag of ODF, Khan had arranged for the probe. The officials had been appointed to reside in the villages for ten days to find out if the villages were ODF.

The ADM has pointed out that cases will be lodged against the sarpanch, secretary and the employment assistant in each village. The committee responsible for quality check in these villages will also be booked. “I have informed the state government and asked the respective janpad CEOs to file FIRs,” he reportedly said.

Orders have also been issued to terminate the services of five block coordinators of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Guna, Aaron, Chachauda, Raghogarh and Bamauri blocks.

Show cause notices have been issued to the CEOs of five block panchayats. Further, action to terminate the services of 45 panchayat secretaries and rozgar sahayaks is in progress.

In addition to this, a 10-man team has been set up in each village from district and block panchayat to conduct door-to-door surveys to find out whether those defecating in the open are doing it voluntarily or due to the fact that toilets have not been built under the Swachh Bharat mission.

The team will ensure that the already constructed toilets are in a usable condition and also sensitise the villagers towards using toilets and not defecating in the open.

However, the Kundol village Sarpanch feels that they are bearing the brunt for no fault of their own. He said, “When the certificate was given people were using the toilets, but now they are not using them. What can we do?


Not a one-off incident

Last month on 2 October, after President Ram Nath Kovind declared urban Maharashtra open defecation free (ODF) at an event in Worli, Hindustan Times photographers found evidence proving just the opposite at Mankhurd, Shanti Nagar in Wadala, the Mahim railway track, Antop Hill, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mahim Causeway, and Somaiya Ground in Sion.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had earlier pointed out that lands under its jurisdiction are open defecation-free. They claimed it happened on land owned by Railways and central government.

Back in February 2017, the Video Volunteers had reported on how Bansajhal village in Chhatisgarh was claimed to be open-defecation free, but a walk around the village was enough to prove that it was not a truthful claim by the village Sarpanch.

The Logical Indian hopes that proper investigation is carried out and that the truth comes out in the daylight. It is essential that the ground realities are taken into consideration and then adequate steps are taken to better the situation. Falsifying records and wrong statistics would never aid in making the country open defecation-free.

 


Contributors

Written by :

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

MP: Villagers Claim They Built Toilets Using Their Own Money With No Support, Govt Took Credit

Open Defecation

An IAS Officer ‘Garlanded’ Women Who Were Found Defecating In The Open, This Shaming Needs To Stop

Open Defection Free Village

[Watch/Read] Chhatisgarh: The Ground Reality Behind An Open Defecation Free Village

This Woman Has Vowed To Not Wear Any Footwear Until Her Village Becomes Open Defecation Free

Need Passport, Build Toilet In Home: A District In Madhya Pradesh Set Norms Of Must Having Toilets To Obtain Passport

First Open Defecation Free City

Mysuru Becomes The First City With 1 Million People To Be Free From Open Defecation

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Total Amount Invested By EPFO As On June, 2018 Is Rs. 48,946 Cr : Labour Minister

News

HC Says ESI Corporation Cannot Deny Certificate To The Employees For Late Filing Of Returns

News

GST Council Meet: Government Cuts GST Rate On 88 Items, Makes Sanitary Napkins Tax-Free

News

Accused Of Rape, Haryana Temple Priest Arrested After Raping Video Goes Viral

News

Another Mob Lynching In Alwar On Suspicion Of Cow Smuggling, Fathers Demands Justice For Son

Awareness

#DigitalIndia: More Than 40,000 Classrooms In Kerala Government Schools Become Digital

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.