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8:21 AM

There are days when I read such things as this in the morning paper and feel compelled to blog : http://www.hindu.com/2008/08/12/stories/2008081260420300.htm

The article is about tackling the garbage issue which I think is a good idea. But, yet again, it seem the government is doing it the wrong way (wouldn't be the first of their "brilliant" idea gone wrong).

The idea is to fine people who litter the street when caught on the spot, as an add on it is said some "education" will be done as well. What's more, they are going to call the Army to the rescue!
I had to smile here though, because the thought of an army officer in uniform scolding people for spitting, peeing, or throwing rubbish on the street is somewhat odd if not utterly comical. I thought one enrolled in the army to protect one country, not play school teacher with some ignorant adults who lack common sense.

But then thinking of it, fining is one thing. But then, where is one supposed to throw their garbage? Because in my entire layout I haven't seen a single legal dumping spot. Not one dustbin to collect rubbish, nothing, nada, zilch... 

Most big public roads do not have public litter bins for people to use either. The only places I saw a bin was in Lalbagh (the botanical garden) and yet people prefer throwing plastic in the lake efficiently choking every living thing in it to death. People in my neighbourhood are supposed to wake up at dawn and spy for the garbage collector cart and put their trash in the cart themselves. 
What about those working the night shift? How do they do it? Even in my home we often miss the cart and end up piling up garbage in our home until we hear something. I tried putting it all in a bag and leaving it by the gate but the lady told us we should not do it. In fact she cribs if we put it in a bag even when we hand her the trash.


So maybe the government should start by first putting garbage collecting points (and hygienic ones at that), then educate the masses about using them, and then fine those who still ignore the rules! And leave the army out of this please they have better to do I'm sure.

The last paragraph was the one that disturbed me the most :


" Dogs not spared
The owners of pet dogs will have to pay a spot fine of Rs. 200 if their dog defecates in public places like roads, parks, playgrounds and so on. Provision for imposing penalty has been provided under Section 344(C) of the KMC Act. However, pet owners failing to pay spot fine will have to appear before court and pay a fine Rs. 20 after judicial process which is likely to find them “guilty” of causing public nuisance depending on evidence. Dogs not spared
The owners of pet dogs will have to pay a spot fine of Rs. 200 if their dog defecates in public places like roads, parks, playgrounds and so on. Provision for imposing penalty has been provided under Section 344(C) of the KMC Act. However, pet owners failing to pay spot fine will have to appear before court and pay a fine Rs. 20 after judicial process which is likely to find them “guilty” of causing public nuisance depending on evidence.
"


Yup you read it right, if I personally poop on the street I'm fined 100 rupees, if my dog does it I'm fined 200!
It makes me wonder where on Earth my dog will be allowed to poop. I'm the kind who is careful enough and try hard to have her poop in corners (and I already get death threats because of it). With this new guideline it will mean that if I'm caught in any public place (notice how they say road as well) I will have to pay?
DH and I bought poopy bags in Switzerland so that if we walk Jasmine in a park or a place where clearly a poop could be offending we can pick it up. I must confess though that I don't take them to walk my dog on the road. Simply because I would then have to pick up the poop, carry the smelly bag for miles looking for a garbage bin that does not exist and then dump it in my kitchen hoping that I will hear the garbage cart the next day to dispose of it or get stuck with the smell for days to come.
How ridiculous is that? And what if Jasmine is caught pooping and I'm fined despite my picking it up simply because the thing touched the ground? Where on Earth is a pet dog supposed to poop?


Or maybe, just maybe, I will have to train Jasmine to use a human toilet and flush afterward.

1 comments

  1. Anonymous10:06 PM

    can you find out the authorities to whom you should write your points and take that up?
    In india it would be a crusade I guess, but just going down that path may change something? give it a try

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