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Blessing in disguise

    Assigned as a Zila Swachh Bharat Prerak (ZSBP) in two of the most economically disadvantaged districts in Tamil Nadu in May 2017, Darshan Kumar was confronted with a peculiar challenge. Owing to a long tradition of populist schemes by successive state governments, free benefits and gifts were doled out generously to the poor without any strings atta

Winning an uphill battle

As the daughter of a village aanganwadi teacher, Saritha had grown up seeing the problems of open defecation and activities to create awareness about its ill-effects. Later, armed with a PG diploma in liberal studies (Young India Fellow, 2016) from Ashoka University, Sonepat, she went on to work with SEWA and the Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership, and

Mind over matter

  Always one to volunteer for social developmental activities, the Zila Swachh Bharat Prerak (ZSBP) programme was just the platform for Mir Anayatullah (Anayat), 30, to serve the community and participate in the local administrative system. After completing his MBA course from the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora, he taught for th

The change within

  Anjaw is a remote, yet picturesque district in Arunachal Pradesh with scattered habitation, rich wildlife and vast tracts of open land. The 2011 census ranks it as the second least-populated district in India. Some of Anjaw’s villages have as few as four to five households. The terrain is inhospitable with few motorable roads, and the district has only one branc

Sea Change

  A variety of smart initiatives on a war-footing helped Kaushik Kumar achieve breakthrough success adding new toilets in Nanded The case of Nanded district in Maharashtra was a particularly acute one. It had been woefully lagging behind on its open defecation free (ODF) targets under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Between 2014 and 2017, only 115,000 toilets w

Cleaning up minds

The efforts to make Rajasthan’s Nagaur district ODF began in October 2015, when District Collector (DC) Rajan Vishal launched a campaign named Niralo Nagaur under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). The idea was to achieve ODF targets for the district through behavioural changes in people, and to achieve it by August 31, 2017. The campaign met with early successes

Clean sweep

At 24 years, Vibhore Maheshwari has learnt a lot more as a Tata Trusts ZSBP in the past seven months than his peers in the corporate world can hope to. An engineer who graduated from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology in Delhi in 2015, he worked with Deloitte in Mumbai for a year-and-a-half, before being inspired by others who had chucked their jobs to work

A resourceful solution

It didn’t take Jeevan Roy, 26, long to figure out the reasons for the sluggish pace of building toilets in homes of Karnataka’s rural Dharwad. Low awareness about the enabling nature of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) and the support assistance they could benefit from were on top of the list. “Villagers said that they wanted toilets. But they were not

Sustainable sanitation in Raipur District

"Eik Praya Hammar Sughhar Gaon Dondekhurd" meaning 'An initiative to our clean gram panchayat (GP)' is a village level programme under which various activities are currently being carried out in Dondekhurd.  Inspired by the campaign of Amitabh Bachchan and Anushka Sharma, each Sunday, people in Dondekhurd GP combine sanitation and cleaning activities with a rally n

Hamirpur SBM officials adopt one village each to make ODF

Having set a deadline of 31st July, 2017 to be declared open defecation free (ODF), the district administration of Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh has now renewed its efforts to bring about sustainable behaviour change and hasten toilet construction. In this regard, it has assigned one official to one village to monitor all activities pertaining to sanitation.  While

Sanitation over superstition: 10,000 toilets for Kalaburagi

The CEO of Zilla Panchayat in Kalaburagi District of Karnataka, Hephsiba Rani Korlapati has set an ambitious target of constructing 10,000 toilets in a period two weeks.  The individual household latrines are meant for the rural poor and priority is being given to families that have pregnant and lactating mothers. The toilet building campaign started on World Envi