‘Make concrete action plan to achieve ODF status by 2nd Oct’ 18’

‘Make concrete action plan to achieve ODF status by 2nd Oct’ 18’

ITANAGAR, May 19: PHE & WS Minister Bamang Felix has called upon the departmental officials to come up with concrete action plan to achieve the Open Defecation Free (ODF) status of the State by 2nd October’ 2018 positively.

Addressing a departmental review meeting of SBM (G) activities conducted today under the chairmanship of Commissioner PHE, the Minister emphasized that mere achievement of ODF status should not be our only motto as sustainability issues of the toilet must also be considered.

He suggested cash rewards as an incentive to the motivator, NGOs etc and the persons behind the successful implementation of sanitation goals. He announced that Rs 10,000 will be provided to convert insanitary toilets to sanitary ones.

The Minister sought suggestions for strengthening the present man power resources and other support from the State govt to achieve ODF status one year ahead of the national target viz 2nd October’ 2018.

He urged the department to send monthly reports so that he can apprise the Chief Minister from time to time regarding the progress of SBM-(G) which is being regularly monitored by PMO office.

Felix also announced the appointment of a motivator against each block in the State with nominal incentives initially for a period of one year for strengthening the grassroots level workers, who can directly motivate the beneficiaries based on experiences and other eligibility criteria.

The Minister directed all executive engineers to convince the MLAs of their respective constituency to contribute 10% of their MLALAD fund for reconstruction of defunct and insanitary toilets.

Addressing the meeting, Parliamentary Secretary Kumsi Sidisow asked the department officials to work hard and sincerely to achieve the milestone of ODF status without fail by 2nd October’ 2018.

He suggested constitution of Circle Level Monitoring Committee involving administrative officers to verify the process of declaration of ODF status.

The Chief Engineer (Sanitation) mooted the construction of Twin Pit Toilets in 60 sub-divisions to be implemented on experimental basis with immediate effect.

He also advocated the appointment of active nodal officers to assist executive engineer in the districts for expediting ODF achievement. He praised Tajum Panchayat of Bailijan Block in their initiative to convert human excreta into biogas.

While summing up the review, H K Shalla, Commissioner PHE & WS urged to initiate the process to constitute Circle Level Monitoring Committee as desired by the Parliamentary Secretary, and asked EEs of the Divisions to appoint Block Level Motivators under their supervision to help expedite the SBM-(G) programme on a mission mode.

He advised the EEs to advocate intensive IEC campaign to motivate the people to convert insanitary toilets into sanitary toilets themselves without waiting for govt subsidy.

Toko Jyoti, Chief Engineer (Sanitation) called for drawing a clear road map to achieve 100% ODF status in the State.

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