To provide insights into the various elements of ODF Plus, how it can be measured and the implementation process, the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti organised a webinar for State and District officials from across the country.
Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G) Phase II aims to make the villages ODF Plus. ODF Plus refers to the sustainability of the ODF status, effective management of solid and liquid waste, visual cleanliness of village, and use of IEC messages to ensure hygiene and sanitation.
About 500 officials from SBM-G teams of various Districts/States participated in the webinar held on July 29, 2020.
In the inaugural address, Secretary (DDWS), Mr. Parameswaran Iyer defined the term ODF Plus. A village can be considered ODF Plus if:
- it can sustain its ODF status
- it has a community sanitary complex (CSC), particularly if it has more than 100 households
- at least 80 per cent of households practice solid and liquid waste management
- all schools, Anganwadi Centres and Panchayat Ghars have toilets
- all its public spaces are visually clean
- at least five ODF Plus IEC messages about hygiene and plastic waste management are displayed in public spaces
- it has a functioning plastic segregation and collection centre
Secretary DDWS went on to describe the process of planning, ODF declaration and verification process, all of which can be done on an App developed by DDWS. The best performing ODF villages, Districts and States will be awarded, he added.
Additional Secretary, Mr. Arun Baroka made a presentation on the planning process. To begin with, District and State officials could start work in villages which have only a few gaps. They would be able to identify them based on their personal experience at the ground level to see which villages can be declared ODF Plus with very few gaps to fill. He said that the SBM MIS could provide data and give an accurate picture of where a village stands concerning CSCs or SLWM.
The AS also explained about the ODF Declaration and Verification guidelines, SBM-G Phase II Reporting through the Mobile App, and Self Declaration Format for an ODF Plus Gram Panchayat or Village.
Others who spoke at the webinar about the reporting, technical aspects and financing were Mr. Hiranya Borah, (Deputy Director General), Mr Ishwaku Sharma (Consultant), Mr. Rampal Singh (Under Secretary) and Mr. Om Prakash Aggarwal (NIC).