Days after Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath banned paan, gutka and other tobacco products in all government offices, the authorities in Shahjahanpur district have sought divine help to halt the spitting menace.
Tiles with pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses have been put up in the corners and staircases of administration offices in the district to stop people from spitting betel juice and gutka.
Such tiles can be seen along the stairs of Vikas Bhawan, which houses offices of the local administration.
Chief development officer TK Shibu said there was nothing wrong in putting up these tiles at public places to keep check on spitting.
“In the high court too, such tiles have been fixed... we got CCTV cameras installed and also deployed staff to check spitting, but it was of no use, and as an experiment we got these tiles of gods and goddess,” he said.
However, the move has not gone down well with some local some outfits, who have demanded immediate removal of the tiles.
The Niswarth Seva Samiti handed over a memorandum to Shibu and warned of an agitation if the tiles are not removed from the state government establishments.
Social activist Salman also gave a memorandum to district magistrate Karan Singh Chauhan, saying it was improper to use pictures of gods for such purposes.