TEPK has had a spectacular run at box office, collection grossing over Rs 80 crores. Prime Minister’s dream Swachh Bharat mission might be a little far away from 100 per cent realisation, but at the grassroots levels, certain initiatives are being taken, realising the importance of the idea.
As the BJP Government in Haryana aims to declare all villages in the state open defecation free (ODF) by September, Haryana development and panchayats minister, OP Dhankar on Wednesday issued directions to show Akshay Kumar’s starrer ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ to all the village heads of the state.
He directed all district development and panchayat officers (DDPOs) to arrange a special show for all village sarpanches and panches in their respective districts. This decision was taken to further sensitise the representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).
While in UP, the film has been made tax free for the viewers. On 10th August, the UP government had already waived off its share of Goods and Service Tax (GST) on the movie.
Haryana has 21 districts, 124 blocks, and 6,083 gram panchayats. In May this year, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had said all districts would be declared as ODF by September this year.
“While rural areas will be made ODF by June 23, urban areas will get this status by September 25. In total, 6,132 gram panchayats have become ODF in Haryana while 200 to 300 panchayats would be made ODF by next month,’’ Manohar Lal Khattar said.
Sources said the process of making rural areas open defecation free is underway. Khattar also pointed out that as many as 44 villages, two villages each from a district, would be taken up under a pilot project where cleanliness would be ensured by November 1.
A team of World Bank experts had met Manohar Lal Khattar and offered to work for an ODF plus status for Haryana. ODF plus refers to total sanitation in terms of solid waste management, improved sewage lines, storm water drains and pucca cement roads, in addition to open defecation free status.
The country was no doubt moving in this direction, but it seems as if the film has expedited the process a tad better.