Create Public Toilets instead of giving free cellphones to poor families!
  • Petitioned Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, India

This petition was delivered to:

Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, India

Create Public Toilets instead of giving free cellphones to poor families!

    1. Petition by

      Piyush Soni

      Madison, WI

At a time when shamefully 50% of the Indian population has to defecate in public (Hindustan Times Report), more than 25% of world's hungry poor are in India (United Nations World Food Programme Report), and India is being called world's Hunger Capital (Deccan Herald Report), the honorable Indian Prime Minister is reportedly about to announce on this Independence day, the distribution of a free Mobile phone to every 'Below Poverty Line' family (reportedly costing around Rs. 7000 crores (~ USD 1.27 Billion). Shouldn't tax payers' money go to a better cause than giving free mobile phones to poor who lack even food, toilets and basic medical facilities? Half of it might be raised by Service provider itself, and some part of it might be funded by USO (Universal Service Obligation). 

Rural Development Minister, Jairam Ramesh has recently proposed a project to rid India of the scourge of open defecation and clean up rail system, described as world’s “largest open toilet” , the cost of which is around $130 million, much lesser than what would cost for providing cell phone to every family below poverty line. A part of the money could much better be spent here.

Moreover, for BPL families, meaning the people who according to Government's own policies don't even have an earning of more than Rs. 32/- per day per person, isn't a mobile phone going to add to their liability (after the first 'free' 200 minutes are over) rather than being an asset? There are high chances that they will just sell the phone for food/ medicines or other basic necessities.

If you agree with us, sign the petition, and share with every Indian across the world, we don't have too much time in hand. The announcement is likely to happen on August 15, 2012.

Every signature of yours will send an email to the Prime Minister directly.

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    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 years ago

      Enough defecating in the open. In world's view, India is a dirty country.

    • Ayush Kedia INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      because this is a plan to execute another big Scandal.

    • Misbahdeen Yusuf LAGOS, NIGERIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The prophet of Islam- Muhammad (SAW) said Allah is Clean and loves cleanliness. He accepts nothing except what is clean

    • Deepak Soni UDAIPUR, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      My job is to visit remote villages for conducting socio-economic surveys and I have seen the people of villages and their life from very close. Recently I was visiting villages in Sawai Madhopur and Karauli Districts of Rajasthan and the living condition there is such that there are no connecting roads, no electricity, no shops where you can even get a biscuit pack, let alone the mobile network. All the household that we met in the last two weeks (Approximately 300 households in 7 villages) are having a BPL card and they will be getting the mobile phone in this scheme. What use will this mobile phone be if there is no electricity to charge the phone, people not having the money to recharge the talk time, and people not even willing to pay even 50 Rs. per month for getting electricity from a solar plant installed in their village.

      Hope this provides you a picture of an Indian village where BPL families are living.


    • Priyaranjan . GANDHINAGAR, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am surprised, free mobile, free food, still nothing improves at the ground. Prioritize the needs of aam adami please, and satisfy their need in that order in an effective easily visible way.


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