Second district of country to get rid of this social evil
Becomes top district in country on basis of number of villages
Bhopal, January 25, 2016 (Muslim Saleem): Indore model is unique since women and children urged males to construct toilet in houses and got toilets constructed in their own houses through support of administration and motivated neighbours for this. They motivated those not using toilet to use it through various ways. Sharma Yatras were taken out in villages and vessels and bottles used in open-area defecation were burnt in full public view. Pledge was administered to villagers. They were apprised of demerits of open-area defecation. Children were specially counselled. Habit of insistence was inculcated among children. When women urged in-laws for construction of toilet, it led to domestic feuds due to which food was not cooked for days in the house.
Indore district has created history in sanitation sector. Entire rural area of the district has got rid of practice of open-area defecation. After Nadia district of West Bengal, Indore is second district to achieve this distinction. Indore is the first model of the country in which common people came forward to partner in the process and themselves demanded it. Lok Sabha Speaker Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan and Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan will formally declare Indore’s rural areas as free from open-area defecation at a function at Indore on January 25.
Toilets have been constructed in 610 villages under all 312 Gram Panchayats in the district. Teams constituted by the collector have also verified this. Village children played important role in it. Teams of children instated with their families to construct toilets in their houses and prevented others from open-area defecation. Rural women also did not lag behind in this task.
They created awareness about it door-to-door. Now, teams of children and women keep vigil since 4 in the morning that no one defecates in the open. Over 10 thousand children in the district took part in this drive and still constantly active. Women composed a folk song to create atmosphere against open-area defecation. Public representatives also motivate people through their own say. They also got toilets constructed at people’s house at several places through financial cooperation.