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4 arrested in MP for not constructing toilets

Four people have been arrested in Madhya Pradesh’s Panna district for not completing construction of toilets under swachh bharat mission. The arrests have been made under section 151of CrPc (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences.) on the order of sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Panna.

bhopal Updated: Sep 11, 2017 15:07 IST
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Four people have been arrested in Madhya Pradesh’s Panna district for not completing construction of toilets under swachh bharat mission. The arrests have been made under section 151of CrPc (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences.) on the order of sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Panna.

The four arrested hail from village Kalayanpur in Ajaygarh Janpad of the district. Earlier strict actions have been taken against people for open defecation. This is apparently for the first time that action has been taken for not completing toilet construction. In June last year, authorities in Harda took action against three villagers for “open defecation” and sent them to jail under section 151of CrPc for speaking against the ‘open defecation-free’ campaign. In the same, month a sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) in Barwani sent a youth to jail after he was caught defecating in the open in his village Jalgon under Section 151 of CrPC .

Speaking to HT, Ajaygarh block coordinator for swachh bharat abhiyan Yogesh Singh said that the four people who were arrested for not completing construction of the toilets Rudri Yadav,Nasir Khan, Allauddin Khan and Swamidin Rajak

“Under swachh bharat mission, government provides Rs 12000 for toilet construction. It is done in two ways - either beneficiary constructs toilet in one go and following inspection Rs 12000 is transferred in his or her account or the beneficiary constructs base of the toilet and after inspection Rs 6000 is transferred into his account as first installment”, he said.

Singh said in Kalyanpur village, these four people had had received Rs 6000 as first installment for constructing the toilet base around 5 to 6 months back. “However since then they were not constructing their toilet further despite many reminders from sarpanch, panchayat secretary, janpad officials and so on .The situation reached to such an extent that started misbehaving whoever reminded them of their incomplete toilet”, he said.

On September 7, Singh said, during meeting of district panchayat, the chief executive officer of the zila panchayat came to know about the matter . “He he instructed the SDM to lodge police case against these four. And accordingly SDM directed the local Dharampura police station to lodge a case under section 151 of CrPc against these four villagers. They have been granted bail on the condition that they will complete toilet construction at earliest.

SDM Panna Vinay Dwivedi told local media that on the directions of the zila panchayat CEO and collector, four people have been arrested 151 CrPc for not completing the construction of their toilets in the village Kalyanpur, despite the fact they were provided money. “They have been granted bail on the condition that they will complete toilet within a week”, he said

The Centre, under Swachh Bharat Mission has set a target to make the country open defecation-free (ODF) by October 2, 2019, which coincides with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

With MP having around 52000 inhabited villages, the district administrations are racing against time to ensure their respective districts are declared ODF as soon as possible. Of 51 districts in MP, 11 districts and 17,549 villages have been declared ODF so far