Union Minister releases compendium, J&K’s innovations recognised

Director Rural Sanitation J&K Charandeep Singh at the conference in New Delhi on Saturday.
Director Rural Sanitation J&K Charandeep Singh at the conference in New Delhi on Saturday.

Director Rural Sanitation attends conference

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 22: The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has been declared to be the top contributor for ‘Swachhata Chronicles – Transformative Tales from India’, a compendium of 75 Open Defecation Free (ODF) Plus Best Practices to meet the goals of Swachh Bharat Mission- Gramin (SBM-G) Phase-II.
This is a major achievement for J&K where its innovations, special campaigns and efforts in varied arenas of SBM-G were recognized. Out of the total 75 best practices included in the compendium 6 showcased best practices adopted by the UT of JK.
Union Minister For Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat released Manual for Disaster Management Plan and ‘Swachhata Chronicles – Transformative Tales from India: A compendium of 75 ODF Plus Best Practices’ at Delhi. The Government of India has through the compendium tried to highlight the best practices adopted across the country in its mission to achieve health, cleanliness and sanitation and transform this campaign into a Jan Andolan.
The activities and innovations highlighted in the compendium aim to provide inspiration to inspire villages across the country to replicate the same across the country. Union Minister, emphasized the importance of these tales in showcasing the positive changes taking place across India.After inauguration of National Conference on Rural WASH Partners’ Forum, the Union Minister said that under the visionary guidance of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, they have achieved more than 12.6 crore tap connections and over 64% ODF Plus Villages. The “75 Transformative Tales of India” bring to the forefront stories that, highlight the transformative sanitation journey of India over the years.
The UT of J&K has already achieved the goal of declaring all its villages as ODF plus. Six innovative tales chosen from the UT of J&K showcase the innovative approach, endeavour of the people and the efforts of the Government to achieve the challenging task of making all village ODF PLUS Model. The six tales include: ‘Swachta Karwaan’, Construction of Pink Toilets, Gobardhan-Biogas plant at Suchetgarh, Soakage Pits for Grey water Management, Give Polythene Get Gold campaign and Sustainable and Zero landfill.
Each of these tales is indicative of how J&K is working on multiple aspects of SBM-G simultaneously and in each of these areas efforts are being made to overcome barriers and bring about change by setting examples that that can be replicated across the UT .
The conference was attended by senior officers from States/UTs Mission Directors, Secretaries In-charge of JJM and SBM-G, line-Ministries of Government of India, Corporates working in WASH sector among others. From J&K, Charandeep Singh, Director of Rural Sanitation attended the conference.
This achievement has set a benchmark for others to aspire to and has contributed positively to the growth and development of nation.