Taking a huge step towards a cleaner India, the Centre has directed all States to start levying fines for littering, open defecation and public urination.
The biggest reason for the BJP government to take this step is because PM Modi’s flagship ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ is not being followed by people in urban areas.
The Centre has directed that the fines for littering or urinating in public places can invite penalties ranging from Rs.200 to Rs.5,000 and has sent out a communication regarding the same to all chief secretaries.
They have also asked that adequate dustbins are provided at public places in every ward where the fines kick in.
According to norms that were set by the ministry’s central public health and environmental engineering organisation, there should be one toilet in cities after every kilometre and an equal number of facilities should cater to both men and women.
Unfortunately that, at present, is not being followed. Though the Centre recently sent out the directive, few states have already taken steps to get situation under control.
Rajasthan, since 2015, has been levying fines for littering and incorrect garbage disposal. Madhya Pradesh government has even asked officers to take away one’s ration card if they are found repeating the offence.