A few days ago, Sitapur's District Magistrate Sheetal Verma had instructed senior officers to ask their staff to send pictures to the district panchayat raj officer (DPRO) to prove that they use toilets at home. She said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, all villages in the country are to be open defecation-free by October 2, 2018. Therefore, it is mandatory to have a toilet in every home.
According to her instructions, every person working in any department of the government has to send photographs of their toilets and their failure to do so will have an impact on their salaries.
"If the photographs are not submitted by May 27, their salaries will be stopped," she said.
Mr Prasad belongs to the densely populated education department. After Ajay Kumar, Basic Education Officer, informed the teachers and non-teaching staff in the district about the exercise, Mr Prasad promptly sent his photograph to the Sector Officer.
"This isn't a diktat. We want to promote hygiene in the district and this is an attempt by the District Magistrate to take PM Modi's cleanliness message forward," Mr Kumar said.
Dev Krishna Tripathi, Chief Development Officer, added that they want government employees to set an example and contribute to making India open defecation-free.
PM Modi had kick-started India's biggest cleanliness drive on October 2, 2014. The five-year project aims make India open defecation-free by 2019 when the country celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
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