Delwara and Kelwara Gram Panchayats (GP) in Rajsamand district are the first two GPs in Rajasthan to declare themselves as ODF (open defecation free) Plus through resolutions passed in their Gram Sabha unanimously. Both the ODF GPs have in place effective systems to manage solid and liquid waste and are visually clean.
Announcements to this effect were made by the respective Sarpanches and Village Development Officers of the GPs on 2nd July 2021 and ODF Plus declaration forms were issued.
In recognition of Delwara (Delwada Block) and Kelwara’s (Kumbhalgarh Block) new ODF Plus status, the CEO Zila Parishad, Rajsamand, Ms. Nimisha Gupta and Additional CEO-ZP, Dr. Dinesh Rai Sapela have congratulated the GPs who have created a record of being the first to attain the coveted ODF Plus status under Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G) Phase II.
Providing details about the ODF Plus parameters specified in the guidelines of SBM-G Phase II, District Coordinator (SBM), Mr. Nanalal Salvi said that functional toilet facilities were to be available in all the households of the villages and community toilets (separate for male and female) should be available in public spaces. Further, all schools, Anganwadi centres and Panchayat houses in the village should have functional gender specific toilet facilities.
As far as solid waste management was concerned, minimum garbage and minimum stagnation of wastewater were pre-requisites, and there should be no signs of plastic waste dumped in public spaces or roadsides, anywhere in the village. Community compost pits should be arranged for management of biodegradable waste from households and the waste generated in all the schools, Anganwadi centres, and Panchayat offices.
To manage liquid waste, individual soak pits were to be constructed in household and community soak pits in all Panchayat offices as also in schools and Anganwadi centres. Further, IEC messages on ODF Plus were to be displayed in public spaces of the village, to include those on ODF sustainability which was through continuous use of toilets and hand washing with soap.
The two GPs have adhered to all the ODF Plus parameters.
The guidelines also state that once a village is declared ODF Plus, the district must compulsorily engage a third-party verification covering all the households in the village within ninety days of the ODF Plus declaration. This according to the District Coordinator will be done soon. Further, while 100 per cent ODF plus verification of villages has to be done by the districts, a second verification will need to be done by the state, covering at least 5 per cent will be covered on an annual basis. The states will verify the village on the same indicators as prescribed for the district level verification of ODF plus villages.