With a view to ensuring sanitation in schools and anganwadis, a Bal Swachhata Rath comprising of three vans was flagged off by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath at Circuit House on 5th January, 2018 at 9 AM.
“Each of the vans has on board 5 safai karmi (sanitation workers) and will cater to three tehsils of Varanasi. Their role is to inspect, clean and provide feedback about toilets in schools and anganwadis,” said Chief Development Officer, Mr. Sunil Verma. They will be equipped with cleaning equipment/material, pamphlets for spreading awareness and a feedback form.
If the toilets are found dirty, they will be cleaned immediately. Further, the feedback form indicating faults in the toilets examined will forwarded to the ‘ODF war-room’ for corrective action which is required to be carried out within 7 days.
In addition, for toilets found unclean, a ‘shame letter’ or ‘Sharm Patra’ will be issued to the Pradhan, Secretary and Principal of school in that area and they will be given instructions to improve sanitation. If action is not taken soon after, they could face penal action, the CDO said.
During the flagging off event, the CM also handed over kits to Mahila-Nigrani Samitis and Baal Nigrani Samitis. While children of Bal Nigrani Samitis were provided with hooters with microphone and siren facility, whistles, track suits and caps; each of the women in Mahila-Nigrani Samitis were provided with a saree, an apron and a cap.
Varanasi has a total of 760 gram panchayat and each of them has a Mahila-Nigrani Samiti of 10 women, a Bal Nigrani Samiti of 10 children and a Purush Nigrani Samiti of 10 men. The responsibility of these samitis is to ensure that families that own toilets do not go out to relieve themselves.