SRINAGAR: Continuing its efforts towards the cleanliness of the villages, the Directorate of Rural Sanitation, Jammu and Kashmir today organized a virtual “Sarpanch Samvaad” through the participation of community members, PRIs, and all other stakeholders.
The event was aimed to promote the importance of maintaining clean and hygienic environments in rural areas and to encourage community members and stakeholders to take an active role in achieving this goal.
The Samvaad was attended by Sarpanches from Anantnag, Ganderbal, Budgam, Pulwama, and Shopian districts, as well as Block Development Officers of the respective Panchayats.
The Samvaad began with a video on ODF Plus activities and was followed by a detailed presentation on various components of SBM-G Phase II.
The Director Rural Sanitation J&K, Charandeep Singh interacted with the Sarpanchs during the event. He held a detailed discussion with the Sarpanches on various aspects of the Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen. This included Solid Waste Management, Grey Water Management, Black Water Management, Installation of Bio Gas Plants, Capacity Building of various stakeholders, and maintaining cleanliness in the Blocks, Panchayats, and villages.
He stressed the importance of understanding the relevance of the scheme and everyone’s role in its successful implementation. He emphasized the need for teamwork with the PRIs in maintaining the cleanliness of the villages.
The Director further elaborated on how a village is declared as ODF Plus, and shared that more than 4000 villages have already been declared as ODF Plus in the UT. He highlighted the importance of focusing on behavioral change regarding cleanliness at the community and individual level, as well as laying stress on construction of assets and infrastructure, technical knowledge, and deployment of human resources.
The Director’s interaction with the Sarpanches underscored the government’s commitment towards promoting a clean and healthy environment in rural areas, and highlighted the need for concerted efforts in this regard.