Over 100 public representatives donated 140 toilets for the poor at the launch of the Indore Swachata Sangram Abhiyan on Tuesday.
The aim of the programme is to make the entire district open defecation free by the end of the current financial year and Depalpur tehsil is going to be the first tehsil of the district to achieve this milestone.
At the launch event, collector P Narahari said the first three village panchayats to eradicate open defecation would be awarded the Ahilya Gram Puraskar and would be given cash prize of Rs 20 lakh, Rs 15 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively. And, all the panchayats that become open defecation free by October 2 would be given a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh each.
There is something to cheer about for those who are donating toilets too. They would be given the title of Swachata Shiromani at a function and their names would be put up on a board in the village where they have made the donation.
The person who does the best work under the programme would be awarded with the titles of Swachata Nayak and Swachata Senani.
During the course of the programme, people who do not work towards making their areas open defecation free would be publicly shamed.
For this 'Sharma Yatra' (shame procession) would be taken out on the first day of every month in each village and the names of the errant persons would be made declared.
Such processions would continue till the said village achieves its defecation free status. Once the village is declared open defecation free, a 'Garva Yatra' (pride procession) will be taken out.
Speaking on the occasion, district panchayat president Kavita Patidar said we have to make this project a success and if need be, we will visit each and every household to motivate them.
P Narahari and district panchayat chief executive officer Ashish Singh said the success of the programme depended on the complete involvement of public representatives.
Among others, MLA Manoj Patel, district panchayat vice-president Gopal Singh Choudhary, district and janpad panchayat members and a large number of sarpanchs were present at the event.