In a first, MP government school teacher suspended for open defecation

The suspension order said the teacher had violated the government’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission scheme.

bhopal Updated: Sep 12, 2017 22:32 IST
Anupam Pateriya
Anupam Pateriya
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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A team of Bhopal Municipal corporation putting up community toilet. Madhya Pradesh is racing against time to become open defecation free by October 2019.(HT Photo)

Authorities in Madhya Pradesh suspended a school teacher for open defecation because it “amounted to misconduct by a government official”.

District education officer Ashoknagar issued an order on Monday that suspending Mahendra Singh Yadav, who teaches at a government primary school in Budera village, with immediate effect in a case which is the first of its kind.

The order said that the teacher was suspended for violating the government’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission by going for open defecation despite having a toilet at his home.

The order maintained that not abiding the government directions regarding Swachh Bharat Mission, amounted to misconduct by Yadav.

In June last year, teachers in Satna district were ordered to keep watch on people who defecate in the open in the morning and evening time and take photos of such people on their mobile phones.

The Block education officer (BEO) who issued the order had even issued directions for constitution of a six member committee of teachers for implementation of the order. In June last year, Harda district administration took action against three villagers for open defecation and sent them to jail. The action was taken against them under section 151of CrPc (Arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences) for speaking against the ‘open defecation-free’ campaign, officials said. In another case, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Barwani sent a youth to jail last year after he was caught defecating in the open in his village Jalgaon.

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

First Published: Sep 12, 2017 22:32 IST