Getting a passport, weapon licence or even basic character certificate in Katni district will be impossible for all those who don’t have toilets or are defecating in open despite having a toilet in their house.
It’s the first time that police in a MP district have proactively embarked on a drive for ensuring ODF society.
Aiming to fulfill PM Narendra Modi’s dream of open defecation -free (ODF) India, Katni superintendent of police Gaurav Tiwari has made toilet and its usage a must for getting no objection certificate (NOC) from local police.
Tiwari has directed in-charges of 16 police stations and 12 police outposts to issue NOCs for all possible purposes only to those applicants, who not only possess toilets, but are also using them. The applicants will have to produce certificate from local bodies or gram panchayats for the same.
“Spanning from NOCs for getting passports, driving license for commercial vehicles, weapon license to petrol pump and gas agencies allotments and even the basic character certificate, the applicant should not only have a toilet, but also be using them,” Tiwari told Hindustan Times on Saturday.
The onus for the success of this initiative remains on local body representatives and village sarpanch, as any manipulation by them will prompt strict action against them.“Even the cops who don’t follow the instruction will have to face music,” added Tiwari.
According to official sources, even two years after the launch of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan , 60% of households in Katni, particularly in rural and semi-urban areas.
The same instruction issued on Friday will also be applicable for members of Nagarik Suraksha Samitis both at urban and rural level. “NOC will only be issued by the police station concerned for renewal of membership of these committees only if the concerned member has a usable toilet.”
According to police sources, ODF is essential as 20-30% of all alleged molestation and rape cases in Katni and other districts happen with those women or girls who defecate in the open. Hymavathi Varman, state coordinator for SBA, of 1.12 crore households in MP, 52 % don’t have toilet facility.