The Central Government has sent out a directive to all states to start fining culprits who are found defecating and urinating in public places. The deadline for directive is the 30th April. This Centre has been forced to take such a strict stand because it has been observed that the Swachch Bharat Mission has failed to evoke a positive response from the urban regions.
According to the new rules people found urinating or littering public will now be fined from Rs. 200 to Rs. 5000. This directive has been sent out to all Chief Secretaries. They have been told to start imposing penalties in one ward in every city, by the 30th April. The purpose is to cover atleast two dozen cities by the end of this year, and all wards and cities by 30th September, 2018.
Parallel to this strict directive, the states have also been asked to ensure that the sanitation facilities are adequate, and fines should only be imposed when there are no loose ends. Polices for garbage collection, and dustbins should be very clear and strictly imposed. According to the new rule the states need to ensure that there is one public toilet in every kilometer. And they should be enough to cater to men and women.
Rajasthan has already been levying fines for incorrect garbage disposal and littering for quite some time now. They have a standard module, in which culprits are fined Rs.200 for urinating at a public place, Rs.5,000 for improperly disposing cow dung, Rs.2,000 per day for restaurants disposing waste in the open and Rs.2,000 for littering. The Centre is very keen on replicating this model in all states.