Advertisements for jobs are usually fairly straightforward things.
There are certain prerequisites — perhaps a graduate degree, or three years of work experience, or even ownership of one’s own DSLR camera — and then there are those attributes employers look for to be able to separate the wheat from the proverbial chaff.
In other words, ‘preference will be given to candidates’ who are either proficient with computers, have experience in a particular sector, possess good handwriting, or simply don’t defecate in public.
It’s probably safe to assume that the sense of “wait, what?” you are experiencing isn’t triggered by one of the first three on that list. If it is, it’s probably good to dust off that old handwriting-practice workbook and get cracking.
Regardless, the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) of Kurukshetra has put out a notice advertising 18 government jobs as part of the government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (six block coordinators and 12 cluster motivators), with the proviso that preference will be given to applicants who do not defecate in public and have a toilet at home.
The Times of India quotes additional deputy commissioner-cum-CEO of the DRDA Kurukshetra, Prabhjot Singh as saying, “Conditions in the advertisement are just reproduction of the Centre's guidelines”. The report goes on to quote the 2011 Census and points out that 30 percent of Haryana’s over 47 lakh households defecate in the open.
Far from being a topic of ridicule, the expression of the ‘public defecation’ rider in the job advertisement is an admirable initiative.
But wait. Isn’t this elitist, you may well ask. Not everyone can afford a toilet, right? That’s where the government comes in. Union finance minister Arun Jaitley had said in his 2015-16 Budget speech that “50 lakh toilets (were) already constructed in 2014-15, and I can also assure the Members of this august House that we will indeed attain the target of building six crore toilets”.
Not convinced? Well, you can always take solace in the fact that the government now has no excuse not to put your 0.5 percent Swachh Bharat Cess to good use.
Updated Date: Nov 18, 2015 16:43 PM