India – Use loos or flush your allowances

Pune: In a bid to make the Nirmal Gram Yojana more effective, the Pune Zilla Parishad (ZP) recently issued notices to 50 of its employees for having failed to construct toilets in their homes.

The ZP had recently decided to withhold the house-rent allowance of all such employees and initiate an enquiry against them after issuing notices. Despite the ZP and the district administration initiating various steps for the strict implementation of the scheme, more than 1,000 employees in the district are yet to construct a toilet.

Shyam Vardhane, chief executive officer of Pune ZP told TOI that as per the government resolution of 2006, it was mandatory for all government employees to have their own toilets. “However, the stated norms are not being followed by all. The administration has now decided to take strong steps against those who do not comply. Following this decision, notices were issued to more than 50 employees recently,” Vardhane said.

Vardhane said that over 5.66 lakh toilets were expected to be built under this scheme. “Though nearly 70 per cent work has been completed, more than two lakh toilets are yet to be built. This is our target area now,” he added.

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