Come 2018, Andamanese without a toilet at home to land in jail

 Strict action would be taken against those who fail to comply.

Published: 08th November 2017 07:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th November 2017 07:43 AM   |  A+A-

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PORT BLAIR: South Andaman residents who fail to construct a loo in their home by the end of December might end up in jail, according to South Andaman’s district authorities. The ultimatum was given following Prime Minister’s Office’s direction to make the Island Open Defecation Free (ODF).

Talking to a section of media, the district commissioner of South Andaman, Udit Prakash Rai, urged the South Andaman citizens to immediately construct a toilet in their home by the end of December. Strict action would be taken against those who fail to comply, he said. He also said there is a provision to put violators behind bars.

On funding required to construct these toilets, Rai said that many have already received the money. However, the thousands who are yet to be paid for the construction would receive it within a week, he added.

The district commissioner said, “It’s a great initiative by the Government of India and for better health also it’s very necessary, I request all the South Andaman Residents to co-operate with the District Administration and make this campaign a success.”

The capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair has already been declared ‘Open Defecation Free Region’ on October 2, 2017.

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