The Maharashtra government is all set to form ‘Good Morning’ squads to monitor and prevent open defecation in villages and districts across the state.
These squads will comprise representatives of local bodies, self-help groups, NGOs, students and social workers working in the area of sanitation and cleanliness.
A government resolution issued recently said that these squads have been asked to keep an eye on the areas where this practice is prevalent and to ensure that locals have access to toilets there.
They will inform the civic bodies about the areas where people are being denied access to toilets. They also have the right to take up issues, such as the pending construction of toilets, with the local civic bodies and help speeding up the work.
“If the team finds people who, despite having access to toilets, relieve themselves in the open, it will impose heavy fines on them,” reads the resolution.