CFAR organizes “Swachh Kargil Basti Abhijan” with the help of SHG members


Bhubaneswar: Centre For Advocacy and Research(CFAR), a Delhi based NGO working for development of slum areas in Bhubaneswar organized “Swachh Kargil Basti Abhijan” at Kargil Basti on 28th Sept. 2018. More than 100 people mostly members of the SHGs groups and women of the Kargil Basti took part in the campaign. Apart from the community people, the local Govt officials like ANM, Agaanwwdi Worker, Aashaa karmi also joined hand in the campaign. They hold rally and moved around the Kargil Basti holding placards, sought slogans on cleanliness. They also sweep and cleaned the street as part of their campiag. The white cap on the top of the head of every participant was the attraction of the event. “The Swachh Kargil Basti Abhijan” was organized under the head Educational Campaign of the Samaveshi Saher project supported by Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) and run by CFAR to educate the community people of targeted settlements on the importance of the cleanliness of our environment we live in and to achieve complete open defecation free (ODF) ” said Rosalin Pattnaik, the Coordinator of the project.

“The programme is also organized to draw attention of the Central Govt. on the ground implementation status of the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ which was launched on 2nd Oct 2014 to achieve open defection free and complete solid waste management in India by the end of 2nd Oct 2018. We believe that the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ has long way to go and has to be the part of our life.” She further said.

After the procession, they organized a public meeting where they discussed on the various waste management and Open Defection issues of their Basti. Community leader Mrs. Rashmi Rekha Samal raising serious concern over the step motherly attitude of the BMC towards Kargil Basti said, “Despite the Swachh Bharat Abhijan across the country, we are still deprived of door to door collection of waste, Individual Household Latrine (IHHL), street cleaning and dust bins supply.” Manjulata Dalei, another community member said, “since most of the toilet soak pits are very small in size, they get full in the rainy seasons resulting overflows and bad odour in the houses and in the basti leaving them in unhygienic and upward situation. Every year a family has to spend 500 to 700 towards cleaning the pits”.

The community people also submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, (BMC) demanding fulfillment of their demands, i.e., Land rights to all the families living in the Basti, Daily Door to door collection of waste; Dust bin in every chhak; Daily sweeping of the street; Community toilet where there is scarcity of place for toilet, Sewage connectivity to the all toilets, Water supply to the toilet by Municipality etc. They also demand hike of subsidized amount of IHHL to Rs.1200/-

It is to be noted that sanitation in urban slum areas has been a major challenge and on 2nd Oct 2018, the Govt. of India lunched the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’(SBM) to mitigate this. SBM is thus a flagship programme of the Central government which will enter in its final year on 2nd Oct 2018. Besides, SBM is said to be “the largest behaviour change campaign ever attempted in the field of sanitation in the world” and is aimed at achieving complete open defecation free (ODF) habitations and improving solid waste disposal management systems. In the urban areas, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is looking for its implementation and as per the recent report in urban areas, almost 5.5 million toilets have been constructed so far. Around 400,000 of these are public toilets. No doubt Swachh Bharat Mission is a well-intentioned programme with clear vision but it needs to continue beyond 2019 to achieve the larger objectives it needs to