Candidates at the elections to local self-government bodies in Maharashtra will now have to declare that they have a toilet at home and 'use it regularly'. As a part of measures to put an end to open defecation, the state cabinet today approved a proposal to promulgate ordinance making it mandatory for candidates contesting self
government local body polls to declare that they have a toilet at home and use it regularly.
An official in the Chief Minister's office said the candidates will have to submit self-certification, or a certificate of competent authority in this regard. The rule would be effective from the next month's municipal corporation, zilla parishad and panchayat samiti polls, the official said.