Berhampur: No toilet (at home), No ration – this is the slogan the district administration of Ganjam has adopted lately to check open defecation.
The drive started with the distribution of basil plants and roses to people. The aim was to make them aware of open defecation. However, it was not sufficient. It was seen that people still were witnessed defecating openly by the sides of roads. Hence, the district administration came up with another unique way.
SHG groups have been engaged to stop ‘Open defecation’ in two villages under Goutami GP of Sanakhemundi block. They are taking strong steps against people who are defecating in open spaces. And this unique way has been applauded by the village management committee.
Lately, they identified some people who were adopting open defecation though they have toilets at their homes. The SHG groups identified and banned such 24 people from buying ration from stores.
Besides, 280 families have been provided with assistance to construct toilets at their homes. The Sarpanch of one of these villages said that steps have been taken to help out those who do not have space at their houses to construct toilets.