Karnataka trains SHGs in solid waste management

As many as 7167 women members of Gram Panchayat level Federations (GPLF) and Self-Help Groups (SHGs) participated in five-day residential training programmes – both in campus and off campus, on ways to effectively manage solid waste management units, in Bengaluru district of Karnataka.

The training programmes held over the year 2021 to 2022 has empowered women, giving them an alternative source of livelihood.  To date, as many as 223 training programmes were completed for the women, each for a duration of 5 days.

Organized by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development (MGIRED), an institution established in 2000 with the assistance of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India and the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, Government of Karnataka,  the training on solid waste management was organized under the direction of the Principal Secretary of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj.  It was meant to cater to women of Self-Help Groups /Federations on Solid liquid Waste Management in Gram Panchayats. 

Among the subjects covered were solid waste management, renewable energy, vermi-composting techniques, segregation of waste, safe disposal of menstrual waste, maintenance of sanitary pad vending machines and incinerators, alternative products, etc.

On completion of the course, the women would return to their respective villages and take responsibility for the solid waste management activities.

Agenda of the 5-day training programme included:

  • Introduction to Energy, Renewable Energy – solar, wind, small hydro, Bioenergy, etc., at MGIRED
  • Introduction to waste and solid waste management with activities.  This comprised of group discussion, drawing, conducting surveys in the campus, etc., at MGIRED
  • Visit to solid waste management unit, at nearby Gram Panchayat for practical exposure on primary segregation, secondary segregation, tendering, etc
  • Vermicomposting techniques (theory and practical) at MGIRED
  • Visit to solid waste management unit, at nearby Gram Panchayat for practical exposure on primary segregation, secondary segregation, tendering, etc
  • Introduction to Biogas Technologies and their maintenance- different models of Biogas units, Government schemes, guidelines and subsidy for biogas plants at MGIRED
  • Energy Park demonstration at MGIRED
  • Maintenance of sanitary pads, alternatives to sanitary pads
  • Pipe composting theory and practical at MGIRED
  • Visit to Solid Waste Management Unit, at nearby Gram Panchayat for practical exposure on primary segregation, secondary segregation, tendering, etc
  • Case studies of biogas bottling plant and biogas to electricity plant and visit to biogas to electricity plant and commercial vermicompost methods at nearby agriculture college
  • Assessment and feedback from participants at MGIRED

Following are the details of training programmes held during the year:

MGIRED has been conducting various capacity building programmes and workshops in various sectors including renewable energy sources available in rural areas and sustainable development. The institution has also been working with the Department of Rural Development, conducting many training programmes on rainwater harvesting, solid waste management, bio-fuel, biogas and environmental protection.   It caters to the requirements of not only Karnataka but also its neighboring southern states namely Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union Territory of Pondicherry.

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