Want a job in the Haryana government? Apart from meeting the required academic qualification, interested candidates may also have to fulfill a specific condition- that of not defecating in the open.
The District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) Kurukshetra on Tuesday issued advertisements in newspapers for the post of block coordinators and cluster motivators stating that preference will be given to candidates "not defecating in the open", The Times of India reported. The candidates must have completed graduation.
The TOI report further states, "To ensure that the selected candidates do not violate the stipulated conditions, they will have to give a written undertaking that they use toilets and don't defecate in the open, officials said. They will then work under the central government's Clean India Mission."
Prabhjot Singh, additional deputy commissioner-cum-chief executive officer of DRDA Kurukshetra, told TOI that the condition was put in the advertisement following guidelines which they received from the Centre for the Clean India Mission.
30% people from the nearly 47.18 lakh households in Haryana defecate in the open according to the 2011 census, states the report.
This is however not the first time that Haryana government has mentioned such a condition while recruiting. The state government had earlier this year amended the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act, and made it mandatory for panchayat poll candidates to have a functional toilet at their homes, adds the report.