In the name of development only countrymen are misled.


This is true picture of
development of this country . Here in the name of development only paper horses
are run. There is no authenticity in the report prepared by public
functionaries through its incredible staff. The corrupt staff of Government
only make efforts to put blanket cover on the wrongdoings
.
Written by Pritha
Chatterjee
 | Sirsa | Posted: October 1, 2014 10:09 pm |
Updated: October 2, 2014 2:34 am
Sirsa district
Villages: 334;
Population:
1.83 lakh;
Literacy:
68.82%
Sanitation status: 283
of 334 villages won Nirmal Gram Puraskar; declared open-defecation-free in 2008
Six years ago, Premo Bai of village Theri Mor
Singh was given a “lal seeti (red whistle)” as a “swachhata doot (community
volunteer)” working on an intensive sanitation drive lasting two and a half
months in Sirsa district. She wore it on a red thread around her neck. There
was this old man in her village, Ratan Singh. “I remember the first time I
found him, it was 5 am, around the time our daily patrolling would start. I
followed him to the fields and whistled every time he would start squatting to
defecate,” Premo recalls, to giggles from the crowd around her. It was the same
the next day, with the old man begging her to let him be. She gave in, but on
the third day, she did not relent. Putting her own embarrassment aside, she
continued trailing him, firmly blowing her whistle every time Singh attempted
to sit down. That day, he ended up soiling his dhoti. He cursed her, Premo
says, but promised never to defecate in the open again.
Starting October 2007, the Sirsa District Rural
Development Authority (DRDA) adopted this “shaming” strategy among other
measures as part of the UPA government’s Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) to achieve
total sanitation. In the 2011 census, 87 per cent of the population in Sirsa
was registered to be using toilets, the highest for a district in the country.
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Those heady first days of the sanitation
effort, however, are already long behind Premo. A BPL-card holder who was
identified in 2010 as among those entitled to a Rs 9,100 subsidy to build a
toilet at home, she is still waiting for her funds. Premo’s daughter who
accompanied her during patrols as a swachhata doot is now 15. She dropped out
of school three years ago after Class VI to help at home. Today she goes to the
fields to relieve herself, with Premo accompanying her for security.
Ratan Singh died in 2011. His wife Najab Bai,
70, is back defecating in the open.
The expert opinion is that once initiated into
using toilets, households do not go back to defecating in the open. Premo
smiles at this. “In 2007-08, the pradhan would come with the district
authorities everyday and promised us the first government toilets if we
motivated others to stop going to the fields. But we never got the toilets.
Instead, the landowning farmers became so ‘modern’, they don’t allow us into
their fields anymore. Now we have to go to a canal 3 km away.”
Apart from whistling at defecators to shame
them, the sanitation drive used measures such as mixing a glass of water with
real faeces to continued…

1 comment on In the name of development only countrymen are misled.

  1. In 2007-08, the pradhan would come with the district authorities everyday and promised us the first government toilets if we motivated others to stop going to the fields. But we never got the toilets. Instead, the landowning farmers became so ‘modern’, they don’t allow us into their fields anymore. Now we have to go to a canal 3 km away.”
    Apart from whistling at defecators to shame them, the sanitation drive used measures such as mixing a glass of water with real faeces to continued…

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