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Curtain Raiser of Swachhathon 1.0 in city

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Guwahati, August 21, 2017: The Curtain Raiser of Swachhathon 1.0 took place in the city today which was organized by Mission Directorate Swachh Bharat Gramin (Assam). The event held at Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara was organized with the objective to crowd source ideas for some of the pressing problems related to Sanitation and Hygiene in Assam.

The event started with the lamp lighting ceremony by V B Pyarelal, Additional Chief Secretary, PHED in presence of Siddharth Singh, Mission Director, SBM(G). V.K. Pipersenia, Chief Secretary, Government of Assam also graced the occasion with his presence.

The state-level event received 98 participations from all over the state that were selected after the Swachhathon 1.0 contest happened at the district level. Participants presented innovative, novel and viable solutions on various topics such as Monitoring Usage of Toilets, Triggering Behaviour Change, Toilet Technologies in Difficult Terrains, Working Solutions for Maintenance and Operations of School Toilets, Technological Solutions for Safe Disposal of Menstrual Waste and Solution for Early Decomposition of Fecal Matter. All the participants were presented a participation certificate.

In his welcome address, Dr. Siddharth Singh, Mission Director, Swachh Bharat Mission (G) mentioned, “Swacchathon 1.0 is an initiative to bring different innovative ideas in order to make Assam an ODF state within this year. I am glad to announce that our target was to provide sanitation facilities to 8.5 lakhs families, but we have already exceeded our target by providing all the facilities to 10.4 lakhs families. Interestingly, we are heading towards the post ODF stage, that's called ODF+. We are happy that Nalbari and Kamrup Metro have been declared as ODF districts and very soon we expect Chirang and Sivsagar to be added among the same list.”

Additional Chief Secretary, V B Pyarelal added, “This is a great initiative by Mission Directorate (SBM-G). I hope this initiative will be able to give a sustainable solution to make Assam ODF by the estimated time frame. For achieving our goals, it is not sufficient to construct the toilets only; we also need to create awareness on its use and maintenance actively.”