The district administration of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh organized a 3-day residential training programme for women swachhagrahis in Lodha and Jabaan Blocks to orient and train them to various facets of sustaining open defecation free (ODF) status and solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) that would enable villages to move from ODF to ODF Plus.
The three-day residential training programme inaugurated by District Commissioner, Mr. Ajay Deep Singh was organized from 25th to 27th November, 2019 with technical support from UNICEF.
As many as 85 women swachhagrahis attended the training programme on completion of which they were awards sanitation kits and certificates. Others who attended the event included District Panchayat Raj Officer (DRPO), Deputy Director (DD), and District Project Coordinator (DPC).
ODF Plus encompasses:
- ODF Sustainability includes sustaining behavior change for safe sanitation; leaving no one behind and addressing gaps; constructing community toilets for floating populations and organizing refresher training for all grassroots functionaries.
- Solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) includes bio-degradable waste management; plastic waste management; grey water management and faecal sludge management.
Over the three days, participants were introduced to the concepts of ODF Plus and the need to sustain the gains made under the Swachh Bharat Mission and to ensure that the health and hygiene benefits continue to be realized. That toilet usage behaviours need to be continuously reinforced, and the overall safe management of solid and liquid waste need to be achieved, was stressed upon.
Technical sessions covered different technologies in retrofitting, solid, liquid and plastic waste management, and FARER tool, among others. A session was also held on Menstrual Hygiene Management.
Field visits to various villages focused on social and resource mapping, Transect Walk, formulation of SLWM Plan, and preparation of Roadmap. This was followed by a Swachhata Shapath or sanitation oath.
Inputs: Tuhina Roy, State SBM (G) Consultant, UNICEF