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Total rural sanitation planned in three blocks of Dindigul district

The Hindu, 07 February, 2014


Gandhigram Trust has motivated people to avoid open defecation


DINDIGUL: The Gandhigram Trust has adopted three blocks – Batlgundu, Nilakottai and Athoor – in the district for ensuring total rural sanitation with community participation.


As the first step towards implementing its plan, the trust has motivated people to avoid open defecation.


The trust has decided to select the beneficiaries through a baseline survey, and the local bodies concerned will continue motivating the people in this regard.


They are mulling over creating a revolving fund to help the beneficiaries purchase raw materials for construction.


Talks will be held with bankers to get loans under differential rates of interest for constructing toilets.


Multiple resources


Multiple resources such as Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme will also be utilised for funding.


Coordination mechanism will be set up at the village panchayat and block levels for getting government subsidy.


People will be informed about the eligibility to get benefitted under the scheme and their capacity to negotiate with the government for implementing the programme will be enhanced.


Trust secretary K. Sivakumar says initial work in these blocks is very encouraging. Many people have expressed their willingness to construct toilets and some residents asked for initial investment for construction materials. “We have plans to convert the government programme into a people’s movement. The Trust will act as a facilitator, empowering rural people and building their capacities to get their right from government programmes.”


Chalking out a programme from the grass roots to the national level will have better results, says sanitation expert Ravi Narayanan.


Analysing the action programme in four stages – information, finance, technology and trust – he points out that adequate information is available through planning, and documents and several technologies have also been developed.


Sufficient funds


The government has provided sufficient funds for this programme.


Trust, which is very vital in implementing the programme, should be strengthened among the local communities, NGOs and the government, he suggests.


On the successful implementation of the programme at the block level, this model will be replicated at the district level in future.


The trust successfully ensured total rural sanitation at Kamalapuram and Pachamalaiyankottai panchayats recently.