Jamshedpur: Swachhata Hi Seva campaign was inaugurated in Upar Pavra village of Kasida panchayat in Ghatsila block on Friday by the deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum Amit Kumar. It will continue till 2nd October at various places across the district.
After inaugurating the campaign, the DC visited the Government Residential School and inspected the cleanliness level at the school. From there, he took out an awareness rally on cleanliness with the school kids and reached Pavra village where pits were dug for the construction of toilets. The DC, accompanied by the DDC, Suraj Kumar and other district administration officials dug up pits with the help of shovels to launch the ‘Gaddha Khodo Abhiyan’.
After digging pits, the DC and other dignitaries including public representatives launched a cleanliness drive. Armed with brooms, the campaigners cleaned the roads and surroundings in the village with the help of local residents and appealed to them to maintain cleanliness.
The DC held a Chaupal meeting with the villagers and informed them about the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign. Those present at the meeting were informed about the benefits of toilet construction and cleanliness.
Kumar congratulated the Zila Parishad members, Mukhiya, panchayat committee members and members of self help groups for being a part of the campaign. He said public participation was key to the campaign’s success. He said constructing and using toilets was essential for everyone.
The DC told the villagers about the health hazards of open defecation. He said a World Health Organization report had cited open defecation as one of the reasons causing death of children. He said hygiene and cleanliness should be made the top priority by all individuals.
The DC said those willing to construct toilets on their own should get the financial benefit through cheque in their bank accounts. He said by 2018, the district has to be made free from open defecation.
The DC said the administration had given the ‘Zid Karo Shauchalaya Ki’ slogan to children so that they bring their parents’ attention on the vital topic. He said a children’s committee and a women’s committee had been formed to keep an eye on those defecating in the open despite having access to toilet.
Also present on the occasion, World Bank representative Raghu Kumar asked the villagers not to use detergents or soap water to flush toilets since it killed the bacteria.
Among those present on the occasion included DRDA director Uma Mahato, ITDA director B Maheshwari, NREP director Ranjana Mishra, planning officer Ajay Kumar and special officer of MNAC Sanjay Kumar.