Bamang Felix, Minister, PHE and Information and Public Relations, Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh, a state that boasts of unsurpassed natural and spiritual beauty has one problem that will heighten in these monsoon months. The rains will be heavy, and leeches will be thick everywhere, and defecating will be a major hazard. Forget issues like health and ecological problems, relieving oneself will be a challenge.
On the other hand, there is Sulabh International in Delhi, with its legendary world toilets museum and its technology-driven sanitation solutions. So it seems just apt that the state government and the Delhi NGO get together and work out what to do about this.
Already in December last year, Arunachal Pradesh Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) Minister, Takam Pario, had urged officers of his department to develop a proper strategy to achieve the target of 40,000 Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) during the current financial year.
To pursue that target, Sulabh International has agreed to collaborate with the Arunachal Pradesh Government in its ambitious project of “hygienic toilets for all households in the state”.
Arunachal PHE & WS, Minister Bamang Felix along with Robin Hibu, IGP, visited Sulabh International Centre at Dwarka Mahavir Enclave, New Delhi last week where the world’s first toilets museum, innovative successful project of turning the crowded dirty public toilets into clean environment, biomas, drinking water into water ATM etc. are being successfully run by the NGO.
Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International, appreciated the Government of Arunachal’s interest for clean and hygienic toilets for Arunachal. He informed, that the team of Sulabh International with the help of helping Hands – an NGO, conducted a detailed survey of Hong village in Ziro, presumed to be the dirtiest one, so that it is transformed. “Survey part is in the final stage after which we shall start our cleanliness stint with construction of international standard toilets,” informed Pathak.
Speaking on the occasion, Felix expressed deep gratitude to Sulabh International for choosing Hong village as the pilot project for their maiden initiative in Arunachal. Amazed by the innovative approach adopted by Sulabh International, the Minister assured collaboration with all existing schemes for rural sanitation in Arunachal with Sulabh International.
He further requested Sulabh to start phase wise cleaning of the unhygienic villages (by building international standard toilets for poor villagers under CSR schemes) in Arunachal under the initiative of Sulabh International’s outreach programme for vulnerable and poor villagers.
Felix also sought Sulabh International’s expertise support in the form of periodical training to sanitation officials of the state government so that they could make good use of their knowledge in making Arunachal Open Defecation Free state at the earliest.
“I am confident that Sulabh International will transform Hong village from its dirtiest tag to the cleanest village and create a benchmark for future expansion in the field of toilets for all endeavours” Felix assertively said.
The PHE & WS Minister appreciated the efforts of the NGO HELPING HANDS in taking up the much required “clean Hong village project” in collaboration of Sulabh International and said that their initiatives will be remembered by the people of Arunachal Pradesh for a long time. The Arunachal ministry of PHE & Water Supplyhas been conducting day long awareness programmes on rural sanitation under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and implementation of rural water supply schemes under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) at various villages in the state.
Yupia PHE Executive Engineer Bamang Tadh, while informing the sanction and implementation of water supply schemes and Individual House Hold Latrine (IHHL) sanitation toilet to every house hold at Dullung (Ramghat), Radasso, Gaiporiang, and Townbill villages urged the panchayats and villagers to strictly monitor the quality and timely completion of schemes while protecting the catchment of the water sources through Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC). He also informed that the distribution system of water supply from treatment plant to consumer points within the panchayat would be taken over and maintained by the villagers themselves through VWSC.
Briefing on the launching of sanitation programme under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan since October 2 throughout the country, he has urged the villagers to keep their houses and its surroundings, schools and, Anganwadi centres neat and clean by organising social service voluntarily from time to time. Pamphlets containing sanitation messages on personal hygiene and safe drinking water were distributed to the participants besides display of sanitation banners.
Arunachal Pradesh is now all set to achieve better sanitation standards with the Centre promising to provide all the funds required for Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) programme to make the state open defecation free by 2022.
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