The open defecation free (ODF) status of Tibba Gram Panchayat in Sultanpur Lodhi block of Kapurthala district in Punjab can be attributed to their sincere and dedicated Nigrani Committee which consistently motivated the community to stop the unsafe practice of open defecation. Now that the village with 480 households is ODF, it has taken steps to manage its household waste.
Wanting to contribute to village sanitation and cleanliness, the members of the local youth club led by Navjot Singh got involved. With support from Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRI), they appointed Jasvir Singh who collects waste from households, both morning and evening. He carries a whistle with him which he blows at periodic intervals, signaling his arrival. At the sound of the whistle, people come out of their homes to deposit their waste in the vehicle. The solid waste that is collected is deposited in a pit outside the village where segregation takes place by rag pickers.
Further, a unanimous decision was taken at a Gram Sabha whereby people pay Rs. 50 per household and shops Rs.100 each towards collection of waste. It is from this pool that Jasvir Singh is paid for his services and other miscellaneous expenses are taken care of. The whole initiative is being well managed by the GP.
The Gram Panchayat is also actively promoting greenery as evident from the plants adorning shop entrances and the market place.
Earlier, 14 toilets were constructed under Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G). The village also has in place various facilities such as community health centre, school, anganwadi, gymnasium, water works, a large market as well as a grain market.
Inputs: Sevya Sharma, Punjab