90 Sarpanches attend Coffee with Collector

As many as 90 Sarpanches of Bundi district in Rajasthan attended Coffee with Collector – a dialogue with officials of the district administration held on September 23, 2022.  Focus of the session was on ODF Plus components, as a part of Swachhata Hi Seva (SHS) 2022, currently being observed nationwide from 15th September to 2nd October 2022.

District Collector Dr. Ravindra Goswami presided over the meeting, the interaction dwelling upon activities being carried out towards ODF sustainability and solid and liquid waste management; challenges encountered and how they were being addressed.  The Collector called for the need to bring about visual cleanliness in all villages.

The session provided a platform for sharing of best practices that others could learn from and replicate in their respective Gram Panchayats. 

The Collector of Bundi informed them of the funding available, the technology options that could accelerate implementation of the ODF Plus campaign and the declaration of ODF Plus villages.

According to district coordinator, Mr. Nizamuddin, Bundi has a total of 836 villages and 184 Gram Panchayats.  The remaining 94 Sarpanches will be invited for yet another Coffee with Collector session in October.

In the meantime, the district administration has been active with SHS 2022 activities such as door to door collection of segregated garbage, cleanliness drives, shramdaan with participation of communities, PRI meetings, Sarpanch meetings, administration of Swachhata pledges in schools, anganwadis and government institutions; as well as sanitation awareness in schools.

Three months ago, when Dr. Goswami joined as Collector – Bundi, he launched a campaign called Behatarin Bundi, meaning Awesome Bundi to clean up both the urban and rural areas of the district, making the district cleaner, greener and healthier.  According to him, people in the district have caught on to the concept of ODF Plus and are working enthusiastically to meet the goals.

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