Teach­ers in MP up in arms over ODF duty

The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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.

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