ODF Plus training in Rajasthan for State & district level stakeholders

As many as 384 officials comprising of State Consultants, and Block and District Project Coordinators from Rajasthan, participated in a state level online training on Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G) Phase II with a special focus on Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM).

The 6-day virtual orientation on SBM-G Phase II operational components for State and District level stakeholders was conducted by the Directorate of Swachh Bharat Mission (G) – II, Government of Rajasthan, UNICEF Rajasthan and PriMove Pune.

Day 1:  Resource persons set the context and provided an orientation on the ODF Plus guidelines, objectives of SBM-G Phase II, components of ODF Plus, institutional arrangement, fund provisions, roles of various stakeholders in SBM-G II, mandatory parameters of ODF Plus, process of physical progress monitoring and importance of COVID-19 measures in planning and implementation.

Day 2: The focus of day 2 was on the importance of community led planning; guiding principles, contents and process of Project Implementation Plan (PIP), Village Action Plan (VAP), District Sanitation Plan (DSP) and Annual Implementation Plan (AIP); understanding of institutional arrangements; Role of PRI and Community led Planning process of VAP; Funding provisions and resource mobilization and experience sharing by Sarpanch of Bhoorthal GP on PRA process with active community participation.

Day 3:  This day’s deliberations briefed participants on ODF Sustainability and Faecal Sludge Management.  In this regard, topics covered were the concept, need and definitions of ODF-S; setting priorities and implementation; developing and retrofitting needed of infrastructure; and roles of various existing stakeholders.  In addition, the definition of FSM, its need and importance, strategy for rural FSM, FSM value chain and innovative technologies were talked about. Demonstration on technical specifications for retrofitting of individual toilets and models of FSM technologies were carried out.

Day 4:  Details on Solid waste management (SWM) and liquid waste management (LWM) were facilitated on this day.  In SWM, the concept and need; pre-requisites for selection of suitable technology; details of Biodegradable waste management technology at household and community level; GOBAR-Dhan; and Plastic Waste Management – forward linkages were discussed.  In LWM, topics covered were – concept and need of liquid waste management; technology selection criteria and process; technological options details for greywater management with their details; and pre-requisites for selection of suitable technology. In addition, models of various LWM technologies at household and community level were demonstrated

Day 5:  On this day, the focus remained on O&M for sustainable service delivery, covering the concept of O&M; need and importance of sustainable service delivery and its O&M; role of community and PRIs; engagement of barefoot technicians or support agencies (youth, SHGs, etc.); funds and resource mobilization for O&M, and integration of GPDP. A demonstration of cleaning materials for O&M of toilets was conducted.

Day 6:  This day was set aside for communication, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation.  Among the topics dealt with were IEC – concept, need and tools; IEC channels, key IEC messages for ODF Plus and COVID-19.  The importance of capacity building of key stakeholders in a phased approach, structuring a capacity building plan for Swachhagrahis on ODF Plus and convergence of funds and resource mobilisation were discussed.  In monitoring and evaluation, the key activities and declaration and verification of ODF Plus villages were covered, in addition to social audit and monitoring framework.

Each of the days ended with a question-and-answer session and the last day with an open discussion and valediction during which there were addresses by the following State officials: Ms. Manju Rajpal, Secretary, RD&PRD; Mr. Viswa Mohan Sharma, Director, SBM (G) Directorate; Mr. Parag Choudhary, Manager, STMU, SBM (G) Directorate; Mr. Pawan Sharma, Assistant Engineer, SBM (G) Directorate; and Mr. Rishi Mudgal, State Consultant, SBM (G) Directorate.

Resource persons for the training programme included: Mr. Rushabh Hemani, WASH Specialist; Mr. T.K. Das, Sanitation Consultant; and Ms. Manjaree Pant, C4D Specialist from UNICEF and Mr. Mahesh Kodgire, Project Manager, Lead Trainer, SLWM and VWSS expert; Mr. Laxmikant Shinde, Lead Trainer, SBCC/ Capacity building and Process Expert; Mr. Rajeev Yadav, SLWM expert, Trainer; Ms. Anuya Bhide, SLWM expert, Trainer; Mr. Ramesh Agarwal, Programme Coordinator, WASH field expert, Trainer; Mr. Jaydip Jagtap, Field Engineer; and Mr. Sachidanand Singh, Social Process Expert, Trainer from PriMove.

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