The district administration of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh has come up with a unique idea to stop open defecation.
Gwalior, which is the 27th most cleaned city in India as per the survey of the government, has issues of open defecation and sanitation problems.
The state government has taken strict measures on cracking down on the violators and heavy fine is levied on anyone who is caught defecating in open. It is the aim of the government of India to completely evade the open defecation by the year of 2019, under the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan campaign.
Now, the district administration has come with something unique!
This new scheme of the district administration says that a person can click a picture of anyone defecating in the open, send it to a mobile phone number over WhatsApp, with the details like the name and address of the sender.
Authorities will levy a fine on the violator of ₹250, and the sender will get ₹100 for helping the authorities crack down these people.
The district Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Neeraj Singh said that, Gwalior city is receiving complaints due to sanitation problems and the photograph sent by the sender is vital to prove the accusation of the informer. Singh has also assured that the photo will be sent to a number of district Panchayat monitoring authorities, and the panchayat secretary. It is ensured that the photograph will not be viral or be released on social media.
This new scheme is not completely accepted as it is feared by some activists it might invite legal trouble as people will be humiliated, and their reputation is at stake.
Some activists have termed this as ‘cheap publicity’.
Recently, the Haryana and Punjab High Courts have issued a notice to Mewat Deputy Commissioner for insulting and degrading people on social media for defecating in open by posting their pictures.
A similar was adopted in some other areas of India as well.