The government will assess the impact and sustainability of the Nirmal Gram Puraskar (Clean Village Award) scheme implemented between 2005-2008. The Department of Drinking Water Supply under the Ministry of Rural Development will conduct a survey, based on a methodology that it developed with UNICEF, in 12 states*.
The objective is to assess the impact of NGP [Nirmal Gram Puraskar] on the pace of progress of sanitation availability and usage in the country under TSC [Total Sanitation Campaign] and its related impacts on health, education, gender empowerment, social inclusion in rural areas on different user groups particularly the rural poor. This study will also assess the durability and sustainability on the provision and usage of sanitary facilities over time. The rational of this evaluation study will be to provide important evidence on the NGP component of the TSC. The Study will provide a national level report on assessment of impact of NGP.
The Government of India introduced the NGP incentive scheme in 2003 under its Total Sanitation Campaign to reward local government institutions at village, block and district level, that had achieved full sanitation coverage (for households, schools and day-care centres) and were declared open defecation free.
* States to be covered in NGP assessment survey
A 2008 UNICEF study on NGP villages found high levels of non-use of toilets (34%), and that only 34% of schools had separate toilets for girls and boys. In most villages the study found a “severe drop in efforts towards social mobilisation and monitoring of ODF status after the NGP award has been received. This has resulted in slippage of ODF status in many GPs and is a serious concern with respect to sustainability”.
Source: PIB, 13 May 2010 ; DDWS/Ministry of Rural Development, 11 May 2010 ; India Sanitation Portal – Nirmal Gram Puraskar
The Indian state of Himachal Pradesh has launched the ‘School Sanitation Reward’ Scheme, under which, Government Primary and Middle Schools would get Block and District level prizes.
First cash prize would be of Rs 50,000 [US$ 1,100] at District level along-with a commendation certificate and momento at both Primary and Middle level while two prizes would be given at block level. First cash prize would be Rs 20,000 rupees [US$ 430] and second prize would be of Rs 10,000 [US$ 215] at block level for both school levels. Speaking at launch, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that this Rs 62 lakh [US$ 134,000] scheme was initiated to create competitiveness and awareness about sanitation amongst school children.
Mr. Thakur said Himachal Pradesh was one of few states where over 90 per cent achievement had been made in individual household latrines. He said the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), launched from District Sirmaur in the year 1999-2000 was now being implemented in all the 12 districts of the State. Mr Thakur said total plan expenditure of TSC is Rs 149.62 crore [US$ 32.4 million] of which Central Government’s share is Rs. 99.48 crore [US$ 21.5 million] , the State share is Rs 37.70 crore [US$ 8.15 million] while the beneficiary share is Rs 12.43 crore [US$ 2.7 million].
Rs 35.23 crore [US$ 7.6 million] had been spent till 30th November 2009 under TSC, he added.
He said the Central Government had fixed the target of achieving Total Sanitation by the year 2012 but the State Government had made it 2010 to declare Himachal Pradesh a Nirmal State. Two new schemes namely ‘Maharishi Balmiki Sampuran Swatchhta Yojna’ and ‘Mahila Mandal Protsahan Yojna’ launched in the year 2008, had geared up the sanitation programme in the hill state. The Rural Development Minister said the School Sanitation Reward Scheme would be implemented by the Rural Development Department and Education Department while the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP South Asia) would provide the support. He said State had made steady progress during last few years in sanitation as there was nil Niramal Gram Purskar in 2005 and 22 panchayats had got it in 2006-07 and this figure rose to 245 in the year 2007-08 while it reached to 267 in the year 2008-09. Principal Secretary, Education P.C. Dhiman said about 70 percent Government Schools have toilet facilities.
Read full details of the “Reward Scheme for the Cleanest Primary and Middle schools in Himachal Pradesh at Block and District Level under the Total Sanitation Campaign”.
Source: UNI / WebIndia123.com, 03 Dec 2009 / Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, 03 Dec 2009
Kohima | October 14: Nagaland is all set to receive a prestigious award from the Government of India, the Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award 2008 in sanitation. Minister for PHED Dr. Ngangshi K. Ao today said that under Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award 2008, after a thorough inspection by a central team from Government of India, eight villages from Nagaland were certified as fully-sanitized villages.
“It means clean villages, where there are cent-per-cent sanitary latrines and proper disposal of solid and liquid wastes,” the minister said. President of India Pratibha Patil will give away the awards to the villages’ heads at a function to be held at Guwahati on October 20 this year. Terming the award as a great honor to the state and the PHE department in particular, Dr. Ngangshi said it should be taken as a challenge for other villages to emulate.
More than 20 years ago, a handful of women proved you don’t have to be a man to be part of New York’s Strongest.
They were the first female sanitation workers to jump on the trucks and haul the city’s trash.
But women have been helping the Sanitation Department do its job for years.
This Friday, sanitation officials will honor 85 women who work in the department, including many with 25, 30 and 35 years of service.
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