Photos of Swachh Bharat toilets in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district using tiles with Mahatma Gandhi’s photos have evoked angry reactions. This was after news agency ANI shared photos of toilets built under the Swachh Bharat Mission in Bulandshahr’s Ichhawari village on Twitter.
In the photo, walls of a toilet could be seen using tiles with the photos of India’s father of the nation.
Tiles with images of Mahatma Gandhi & the national emblem found plastered on the walls of the toilets made under Swachh Bharat Mission in Bulandshahr’s Ichhawari village. pic.twitter.com/sB0fkuq9UG
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 5, 2019
“These tiles were set up on the orders of the village head. When we complained against it, we were told not to interfere as it was a decision of the higher authorities,” a villager was quoted by ANI.
Amarjeet Singh, District Panchayati Raj Officer was quoted by Indian Express as saying that almost 508 toilets were built under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Icchawari village of Dibai tehsil. “It was found that in 13 of those toilets had tiles with symbols of Mahatma Gandhi and Ashok Chakra… An official has been suspended and action taken against the village pradhan,” he added.
The hptos have evoked angry reactions on social media. One user wrote on Twitter, “Ridiculous! things I had seen today!!” Another commented, “I m not surprised… This is how bjp respect father of nation. But ppl will still support those jokers.” “Typical ps sarkari contract work.. Indians don’t seem to have quality or sense of pride in their work..” wrote another user.
Santosh Kumar was suspended while the joint account of the pradhan, Savitri Devi, was seized.