Teachers in MP up in arms over ODF duty
Teachers in a Madhya Pradesh district are up in arms against additional task of keeping a vigil on those who defecate in the open in their respective areas.
The teachers in Ashok Nagar district have been asked by the authorities of local education department to go around their respective areas in the morning and evening every day to keep surveillance on those who relieve in the open and report the matter to the local civic body officials.
“It is quite embarrassing for us to go round our villages to keep a watch on the people defecating in the open twice every day. We will invite hostility of the locals if we lodge complain against such people to the officials concerned. The order has threatened to derail education in schools in the district,” an office-bearer of the Ashok Nagar District Teachers’ Association told this newspaper.
He indicated that the association would meet shortly to chalk out its course of action in the wake of the “irrational” order.
In another related development, an official order asking the teachers in Tikamgarh district to dig septic tanks in rural areas under “Swachchhatta Hi Seva” (cleanliness is service) scheme of the Central government has sparked resentment in the teaching community in the region.