Swachhgrahis undergo training under SBM (G) Resolve to sustain ODF status at village level

Swachhgrahis undergo training under SBM (G) Resolve to sustain ODF status at village level

ITANAGAR, Feb 7: A two-day State level induction training programme for newly deployed Swachhgrahi under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) was conducted by Public Health Engineering and Water Supply Department at State Water Testing Laboratory, Mowb-II here on Feb 6 & 7. Altogether, 130 trainees from various districts took part in the programme who were trained on their role as a Swachhgrahi/motivator to build up their capacity.

The trainees were taught about their role and importance as a communicator to sensitize people about sanitation particularly on sustainability aspect of open defecation free (ODF) status of rural Arunachal and to promote the Cleanliness Protocol evolved by the State Govt at grassroot level.

Zila Swachh Bharat Preraks (ZSBPs) from East Kameng, Papum Pare and Anjaw districts conducted technical sessions as resource persons through power-point presentation and videos on Swachhata.

While Badapbiang T Dhkar, ZSBP, Anjaw talked about issues & challenges in making India ODF and the significance of Swachhgrahis, and Devika Sahni, ZSBP, East Kameng talked about the role and responsibility of a motivator in SBM (G), Navya M S, ZSBP, Papumpare deliberated on understanding the key concept of community approach to sanitation.

The Swachhgrahis were taught regarding the objectives for making India open defecation free and Community Approaches to Sanitation (CAS) which is based on understanding that sanitation is a community issue, and not only an individual household issue, moreover, to place community in the lead role not only in acceptance and use of toilets by everyone, but also in total elimination of open defecation practices.

On the second day, an intensive interactive session was kept where trainees had group discussion and gave innovative ideas on action plan through presentation which they have planned to implement in their respective villages and districts. The trainees also shared their views, experience and success stories regarding Swachh Bharat programme implemented in their villages.

Chief Engineer (Sanitation) Toko Jyoti urged the Swachhgrahis to have a right attitude and to develop a good relation with public as they are now authorised Govt machineries working at village level.

Superintending Engineer (Sanitation) Joi Angu also spoke congratulating the Swachhgrahis for successfully completing the training programme and gave away certificates and identity card to them.

The orientation programme concluded with resolutions to sustain ODF status at village level and promotion of cleanliness at household and community levels.

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