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New Delhi: In a significant decision, the Maharashtra Government on Tuesday made domestic toilets compulsory for all those aspiring to stand for civic polls and get elected to municipal corporations, councils and panchayats.

This has already been implemented at the village level for contesting local bodies elections, under the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the state’s Swachh Maharashtra Abhiyan.

The move has been initiated by making suitable amendments to the civic acts pertaining to corporations, councils and panchayats to ensure that those planning to contest elections had provision for toilets in their homes.

The decision was announced after a meeting of the state cabinet here presided over by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Under the two cleanliness missions, an important component is to make toilets available for each family and thus to do away with the practice of defecating in the open.

According to the 2011 census, the urban population in Maharashtra stood at around 58 million (5.8 crores) which comprise 18 million (1.8 crores) families.

Of these, around 8 percent – or 832,000 families – lack proper toilet facilities in their homes.

However, with a view to completely end defecating in the open, in cities by October 2, 2017, the state government has already initiated ‘mission mode’ in 366 urban centres, officials said.

For the success of the missions, the role of elected representatives is considered crucial and hence it is imperative that they (people’s representatives) must first have toilet facilities at their homes, they said.

(IANS)

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Maharashtra Government Questions High Court on Categorizing ‘Dahi Handi’ as Adventure Sport

The government has given permission to the minors above the age of eleven years to take part in the celebrations but they have to submit a letter from their parents

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  • Division-bench including Justices Sadhana Jadhav and R M Savant and raised the issue while hearing the petition seeking an action against the leader of BJP- Ashish Shelar
  • The government has given permission to the minors above the age of eleven years to take part in the celebrations but they have to submit a letter from their parents

Mumbai, Jul 17, 2017: The Maharashtra government was asked by the High Court of Bombay to explain the grounds for categorizing the celebration of ‘Dahi Handi’ as one of the adventure sports in 2015 and giving permissions minors to take part in the celebrations.

According to the PTI report, division-bench including Justices Sadhana Jadhav and R M Savant and raised the issue while hearing the petition seeking an action against the leader of BJP, Ashish Shelar and the rest for dire situations and the restrictions laid down by the High Court for the celebrations of Dahi Handi festival on the year 2015.

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Along with Shelar, the petition was also seeking severe action against the former youth wing president of BJP in Mumbai- Ganesh Pandey, PTI has reported.

Reportedly, the petitioner said to the bench that post laying down of the restrictions in the order by the High Court on 2015, the state government declared in 11th August on the same year declaring ‘Dahi Handi’ festival as an adventure-sport.
In that order, the High Court had stated that the human pyramids that are formed during the celebration, must not exceed 20 feet minors will not be permitted to take part in the formation of the pyramids.

The government has given permission to the minors above the age of eleven years to take part in the celebrations but they have to submit a letter from their parents. The bench has ordered the government to respond to the questions and postponed the issue for further hearing on 4th August, PTI has reported.

It was also noted by the court that the political leaders such as- Shelar, the head of the Dahi Handi Samiti that was set up by the state-government in the year 2015, should stay away from organizing or participating in such celebrations where the orders from the court are being flouted.

The Samiti was set up post an order from the High Court and the mandate of it was to actualize the guidelines of the court during the celebrations of ‘Dahi Handi’, Press Trust of India has reported.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram with PTI inputs. Twitter: @ElaanaC

 


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