- Teachers suspended for violating the directives of Swachh Bharat Mission
- Mahendra Singh Yadav got suspended for himself defecating in the open
- Prakash Prajapati got suspended because his wife was defecating in the open
It’s a first in India that teachers have been suspended for defecating in the open. The education authorities of Ashoknagar district in Madhya Pradesh have suspended two school teachers of government primary schools for open defecation. The order said that the teachers Mahendra Singh Yadav and Prakash Prajapati were suspended for violating the government’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission by going for open defecation despite having a toilet at their homes. The district education officer issued the suspension order of Mahendra Singh Yadav, posted at a government primary school in Budera village of Ashoknagar, on Monday, on the grounds that open defecation amounts to misconduct and violation of the government’s directives. However, Prakash Prajapati has been suspended because of his wife who was defecating in the open, as confirmed by B. S Jamod, District Collector.
The suspension notice came from Ashoknagar district’s education officer Aditya Narayan Mishra. “Mahendra Singh Yadav himself and Prakash Prajapati’s wife was defecating in open. Husband could have spoken to his wife for not to defecate in the open, it is their collective responsibility. Also, both houses have toilets,” said Aditya Narayan Mishra.
“In accordance with the directives of the district collector, the education department has suspended both the teachers with immediate effect,” he added.
Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the teachers are entrusted with the task of keeping a watch on people who defecate in the open but, on the contrary, Mahendra Singh Yadav was himself found defecating in the open and Prakash Prajapati failed to educate his wife,” Mr Mishra further said.
A bewildered Prajapati had this explanation for his wife, “Her stomach was upset, I don’t know when she got to defecate in open”.
Open defecation in Madhya Pradesh has been a major problem. In June this year, the Raisen district administration in Madhya Pradesh imposed a fine of around Rs. 50 lakh collectively on 214 villages for defecating in the open. However, the villagers said that they can not fill the amount and they will continue to practice open defecation.
In Madhya Pradesh as many as 43,000 villages and 9 lakh villagers still practice open defecation. Under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the target is to make the country open defecation free by 2019, and clearly Madhya Pradesh has a long way to go in its sanitation drive.