Residents of Rajgadh district in Madhya Pradesh will become eligible for a gun licence only if they build a toilet at home.
As part of an initiative to dissuade people from defecating in the open and to motivate them to build a toilet at home, the district administration has come up with this unusual rider.
On Thursday, an applicant who admitted to not having a toilet at home was asked to return after building one.
“Weapons provide security but so do toilets because crimes against women are committed when they have to go to the fields to relieve themselves. If you are ready to spend Rs 50,000 on a weapon, there’s no reason why you can’t spend Rs 10,000 on a toilet,” Rajgadh Collector Tarun Pithode told The Sunday Express.
The young IAS officer said issuing licences is a discretionary power and he was using it to motivate people to build toilets because “some people in rural areas flaunt Scorpios but don’t have a toilet at home”.