Two days State Level Induction Training Programme for newly deployed Swachhgrahi under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) was conducted by Public Health Engineering and Water Supply Department on 6th and 7th February which concluded today here at State Water Testing Laboratory, MOWB-II, Itanagar.
Total 130 trainees from various districts took part in the training programme who were trained on their role as a swachhgrahi/motivator to build up their capacity.
Trainees were taught about their role and importance as a communicator to sensitise about sanitation particularly on sustainability aspect of Open Defecation Free (ODF) status of rural Arunachal and to promote the Swachh/Cleanliness Protocol evolved by the State Govt. at grass root level.
Zila Swachh Bharat Preraks (ZSBP) from East Kameng, Papumpare and Anjaw districts conducted technical sessions as resource persons through power point presentation and videos on swachhata.
Ms. Badapbiang T. Dhkar, ZSBP, Anjaw, led the session with ice breaking introduction among trainees. She talked about Issues & Challenges in making India ODF and the significance of swachhgrahis.
Ms. Navya M. S., ZSBP, Papumpare, further led the session on understanding the key concept of Community Approach to Sanitation. The Swachhgrahis were taught regarding the objectives for making India open defecation free and Community Approaches to Sanitation (CAS) which is based on understanding that sanitation is a community issue, and not only an individual household issue, moreover, to place community in the lead role not only in acceptance and use of toilets by everyone, but also in total elimination of open defecation practices.
Later, Ms. Devika Sahni, ZSBP, East Kameng, talked about the role and responsibility and essential attitude & behaviour of a motivator in SBM (G). Also, session on key elements of sustainable ODF and strategic road map were deliberated at length.
On the second day of the training, an intensive interactive session was kept where trainees had group discussion and gave innovative ideas on action plan through presentation which they have planned to implement in their respective villages and districts.
The trainees also shared their views, experience and success stories regarding Swachh Bharat programme implemented in their villages.
Addressing the trainees Chief Engineer (Sanitation), Toko Jyoti, urged the swachhgrahis to have a right attitude and to develop a good relation with public as they are now authorised government machineries working at village level.
Superintending Engineer (Sanitation) Joi Angu, also spoke in the event congratulating the swachhgrahis for successfully completing the training programme and gave away certificates and Identity Card to Swachhgrahis along with T-shirt and cap.
The orientation programme concluded with resolutions to sustain Open Defecation Free (ODF) at village and promotion of cleanliness at household and community levels.