Odisha: BMC’s Social Partners on the mission to stop Open Defecation

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Bhubaneswar: The Capital City of Odisha is moving fast towards achieving an Open Defecation Free City as the social partners of its civic body toiling hard in reaching this goal. Bhubaneswar is burdened with 436 slums where open defecation practice has become a common practice. Under the Swachh Bharat Mission financial help is given for construction of Individual household latrines to end the practice of open defecation. The community who are indifferent to leave their traditional practice are being triggered with awareness messages on using of individual toilets by social organizations like Humara Buchpan Campaigning. The HBC has organized various community level awareness in 9 wards of BMC. It has conducted a number of cleanliness drives through its Swachhata Doots, volunteers for cleanliness. In fact the government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission insists upon engaging of Swachagrahi or Swachhata doot to stop open defecation practice in urban slum areas. The Humara Buchpan has appointed as many as 35 swachhata doots for making the slum areas open defecation free.
Humara Bachpan took the lead to make nine slums in four wards of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation become open defecation free slum in the city. In collaboration with Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Humara Bachpan Campaign has started its Open defecation free campaign in November 2015. The campaign has conducted 30 community meetings, community mapping, four awareness drive through stage shows, 15 cleanliness drives, selected 35 Swachata Doott for regular monitoring of regular toilet usage by the community members and also triggering by the Swatch Bharat Central Team in nine slums to make open defecation free. The ODF campaign has been intensified at all levels with sector coordination, capacity building and community mobilization approach. There is 1648 household in nine slums among which 598 households have been constructed individual toilets with support from BMC and rest 1050 households have their own toilet. All the households are using toilet to make Bhubaneswar a clean city. “It’s a very proud moment for all of our community people that no one is going out for defecation” said Ms. Nayani Moharana from Sankeraswar basti,ward no 23. HBC aims at inclusion of child friendly components in the urban renewal policies of the Government of India such as Prime Minister AwasYojana (PMAY) – Housing for All, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and The Smart Cities Mission.

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