Saturday, September 27, 2008

India: Police ordered to book people who poop in public...

Even while Maharashtra is on tenterhooks fearing where the next blast might take place and the state police force is trying to thwart terrorists, the 1.75 lakh policemen have been told to take up another responsibility, that of booking people who defecate in open places.

The order, officials say, was issued to ensure that Maharashtra [population: 11 crore] maintains its numero uno position in the Nirmal Gram Swachchata Abhiyaan, a cleanliness drive launched by the Central government about three years ago to protect citizens from diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera. 

Toilet blocks are being set up across the state as part of the campaign, which is being implemented by the department of water supply & sanitation held by Ajit Pawar. But, the circular issued by the state home department says, despite efforts to create awareness about cleanliness, people continue to use open spaces for morning ablutions, ignoring the toilet blocks set up for the purpose. More...

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