The new identity of Haryana’s Marora village as “Trump Sulabh Village” could last only three days as the district administration described the process as illegal and not one approved by the government. Following the orders by the administrator of Mewat district, all the banners and boards put up in the village naming it “Trump Sulabh Village” have been removed.
On June 24, we had reported that the social service organization of Sulabh International had adopted Marora village of Haryana to carry out development work and renamed it as Trump Sulabh Village as a unique publicity exercise.
However, upon investigation, it was revealed that no permission was sought from any authorized body for the renaming of the village.
The Times of India quotes Deputy Commissioner of Mewat, Maniram Sharma, saying,
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It (the naming) was all fictitious and a fraud event by the organizers aimed at collecting money across the country and abroad. Organizers neither took any permission from local authorities, the Haryana or Union governments, nor have they applied for changing the name of the village. It was all illegal.
Sharma went on to say that the village has already been declared Open Defacation Free (ODF) by the state government recently. He also disclosed that orders for the removal of banners claiming Marora as Trump Sulabh Village were issued by the authorities.
Commenting on the pulling down of banners, Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International, said,
What can we do if you declare a district ODF and the village has no toilet. During our survey, we found a majority of the houses in the village has no toilet so we decided to construct them. We were not aware the area has been declared ODF. We have not taken any money from people. Out organisation is doing this work on its own.