The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India organised Swachhathon 1.0 – Swachh Bharat Hackathon during August’ 2017 under the agies of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) in the first ever Swachh Bharat Hackathon to outsource solutions to some of the Sanitation and Hygiene challenges faced in various parts of the country. The competition was open to all stakeholders including schools, colleges, institutions, professionals and others.
The entire event was held in three phases which included screening round of the online entries from the participants. Demonstration round with videos and write ups. The State Govt. nominated the innovations conceived by Shri Ram Prakash Tiwari, JE, Yupia Division, PHE and Water Supply Department who was selected among the 3053 entries received country wise and from professionals across the World. His innovation was shortlisted to showcase in the semi-final rounds in the category of ‘TOILET TECHNOLOGY IN DIFFICULT TERRAIN’ which included presentation including 01 minute of video shows. The technology was all about using locally available materials basically matured bamboos cladded with plastics for use in the twin pit latrines as a suitable alternative to bricks, which was selected for the finals. The Grand Jury included personalities like Smti. Naina Lal Kidwai, Shri Bindeshwar Pathak and the Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Parameswaran Iyer.
The innovative Bamboo Technology Bags the National Award for Toilet Technology in Difficult Terrain. The Award comprising plaque, certificate and cash award of Rs.3, 00,000/- (Rupees Three Lakhs) only which was awarded by Shri SS Ahluwalia, Hon’ble union Minister and Shri Ramesh Jigajinagi, Hon’ble State Minister for Drinking Water & Sanitation in presence of Shri Parameswaran Iyer, IAS Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Govt. of India on 8th September’ 2017 at All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi.
The cost effective and sustainable solution was built on pilot basis by a beneficiary Shri Tana Teshi from Midpu in Lekha Panchayat under the direct supervision, and technical guidance of Shri Ram Prakash Tiwari, JE, and the team of Yupia PHE & WS Division including Ms. Navya MS, Zilla Swachh Bharat Prerak (ZSBP), Papumpare District. The winning State contingent was represented by Shri Joi Angu SE, (Sanitation), PHE & WS Department, Itanagar, Shri R.P. Tiwari, J.E. and Ms. Navya MS, Zilla Swachh Bharat Prerak (ZSBP), Papumpare District.
The technology developed will be a suitable cost effective alternative to using bricks, which is to be adopted in the State for achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) by December’ 2017.
Shri R.P. Tiwari, J.E. has donated the cash award amounting to Rs.3, 00,000/- (Rupees Three Lakhs) only for the cause of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) in the State.