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New task for Jhalawar teachers: make people stop pooping in the open

Catch Team | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

In a country where defecating in the open is a way of life for millions of people, owing to a lack of toilet facilities. In fact, long before Narendra Modi launched his pet Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, before he even became the Prime Minister, his election speeches focussed on building toilets in every house.

That dream is still a long way away. But one district in Rajasthan has decided to crack down on it, and change people's long-held habits.

The district collector/magistrate of Jhalawar has ordered that all panchayat villages in the area will become open-toilet free by 30 June. And the task of ensuring this has been assigned to government school teachers in the district.

Starting on 21 June, teachers have been asked to get up at 5 am, and capture photos of people who can't seem to break the habit of defecating in the open. They are then supposed to send these photos via WhatsApp to concerned officials.

The teachers have also been entrusted with the responsibility of making people understand why this task must be undertaken indoors.

Currently, schools are closed for the summer holidays.

It is interesting to note that in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, during the Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, the state government had assigned the duty of lining up shoes to teachers. This had been opposed by many teachers' organisations.

First published: 9 June 2016, 1:01 IST