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No loan for farmers if they don’t build toilets by June

The state government has asked cooperative societies not to sanction loan of more than Rs. 50,000 to farmers who do not have a toilet at home after June 30. The government order also says that fair price shops will lose their licences and midday meal workers and ICDS workers their honorariums if they do not have a toilet in their house before the deadline.

jaipur Updated: Apr 17, 2015 11:10 IST
HT Correspondent

The state government has asked cooperative societies not to sanction loan of more than Rs. 50,000 to farmers who do not have a toilet at home after June 30. The government order also says that fair price shops will lose their licences and midday meal workers and ICDS workers their honorariums if they do not have a toilet in their house before the deadline.

Rajasthan chief secretary CS Rajan has sent a note to the heads of all departments to ask all field functionaries, working in rural areas under different government schemes in the education, health and women and child development departments, to submit an affidavit to their heads on rural toilets. The order says, “If they don’t have one, they should get it constructed before June 30.”

The CS has written separately to the department of personnel and training (DoPT) to hold annual increments of all nongazetted employees if they do not have a toilet in their house before June 30.

The moves come in the wake of chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s July 2014 budget announcement to make state open defecation free (ODF) by 2017-18.

The note from the chief secretary’s office also mentions that cook-cum-helpers under the midday meal scheme, empanelled mates in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Integrated Child Development Scheme workers and others under the women and child development department and fair price ration dealers under the public distribution scheme of the food and civil supplies department have been asked to get toilets built at their home.

The order will impact about 1,120,000 small and marginal farmers in the state who take loans of more than Rs. 50,000 from cooperative societies. The decision will also affect 125,000 cookcum-helpers, 70,000 empanelled mates, 180,000 WCD workers and 25,554 PDS dealers.

Explaining the rationale for the order, secretary to the state government and panchayati raj commissioner Rajesh Yadav said the department had mooted a proposal towards the end of 2014 because most of these functionaries were local role models and motivators. “If they don’t have a toilet themselves, how can they ask others not to defecate in the open? We want them to lead by example.”

The government is expecting to build 15 lakh new toilets in the state. The state government had earlier made toilets a mandatory for candidates contesting in the panchayati raj elections.