Block level Consultation on Improving Rural Sanitation and Social Accountability held at Kabisuryanagar in Ganjam


Berhampur: Block level consultation on Rural Sanitation and Social Accountability was held in Conference Hall in Kabisuryanagar on 13th April 2018. Block Chairperson Sri Santosh K Padhi and Block Development Officer Sri Bedabar Pradhan inaugurated the consultation. Among of block level officials Sri Nityananda Pollai, Additional Block Education Officer, Smt. Maujamani Nayak, Child Development Project Officer, Dr. Susant K Mukhi, Medical Officer of CHC, Kabisuryanagar, Ganesh Nahak, Block Program Manager, CHC, Mr. M. Krutibash Achary, PHEO, CHC, Kabisuryanagar, Er. Sachidananda Bishoyi, Junior Engineer Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, Kabisuryanagar, Mr. Gokul Chandra Maharana, District Project Coordinator and Sri Ajit K Panigrahi, IEC consultant, Additional District Water and Sanitation Mission, Bhanjanagar, Ganjam, and Sarapanchas of Balyasara, Bolasar, Sunarijhola, Sunapali, Badamahuri and Baunsia also attended in this consultation.
Youth for Social Development (YSD) a NGO based in Berhampur has organised this consultation with support from block administration and National Foundation of India (NFI). Mr. Ratneswar Sahu presented Rural Sanitation situation in Ganjam and Kabisuryanagar block in particular. As per the Swachha Bharat Mission-Gramin information Kabisuryanagar block has achieved nearly 42% of coverage of IHHL and it has a long way to go to achieve 100 percent by 2019. There is a need for joint action from government, CSOs, NGOs and citizen to construct 100 percent IHHL and declare open defecation free (ODF). Similarly the schools, health centres, anganwadi centres and other government offices required toilets, water supply and hand washing facilities but the reality is different and we need to work to make the block ODF, clean and hygiene. BDO told the officials and elected representatives should focus on more employment programs/ projects under MGNREGA also approved before we are saying to people, because people should have more employment. Sanitation among the adolescents also a big issue so all should focus on KHUSI scheme (Napkin distribution). Though all Sarapanchs are now have more power with them so they should regular monitor and review on Gaon Kalyan Samities, School Management Committees, Matru Manch, Janch Committees and ICDS, school and health sanitation programs. Concerned officials also told to focus on IEC and behavioural practice should be more focused, water supply and distribution of letter of permission need to be distributed among the beneficiaries.
YSD is going to create awareness among citizens and also make them able to hold the public officials and service providers accountable through social accountability in 5 Gram Panchayats on pilot basis to improve service delivery and make Kabisuryanagar ODF in Ganjam.
Among of the YSD team Mr. Prakash ch Sahoo, Mr. Irfan Ali Khan and Mr. Subhasis Sethy facilitated this consultation. Youth for Social Development, Berhampur is a research based grass root organisation working on issues of governance, citizen’s participation, child rights and youth empowerment and climate justice since 2006.