Consider these data points. Three out of five people in rural India defecate in the open. According to the recently released Swachhta Status Report by the National Sample Survey (NSS) Office, more than half the rural population of the country still opts for open defecation. The survey estimates that 52.1 per cent of people in rural India choose open defecation compared to 7.5 per cent in urban India.
Launched in 2014 by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Swachh Bharat Mission aims to end open defecation in India by 2019.
Tata Power through its 100 per cent subsidiary Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL), is doing its bit to end open defecation within communities around its plant. This is one of the many initiatives undertaken by CGPL to improve the lives of its communities and provide them with a cleaner environment. As part of this initiative, CGPL has partnered with Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell (CSPC) to organise a Mason’s training programme under Swachh Mandvi Project. This will result in more demand based approach on construction of toilets and ease the community to avail the services of the trained masons.
During the training State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) has provided technical support during the training program. CGPL is also actively involved in spreading awareness among the villagers on the importance of cleanliness and regular use of toilets for defecation. The main objective behind the programme is to generate demand for the construction of toilets in the region and also inculcate the concept of behavior change among the users.
Hence under the Swatch Block program in association with CSPC (Tata Water Mission), 25 masons from 5 villages were selected and imparted the necessary training over a two-day programme. Ensuring standardisation, the trainees were familiarised with design of the toilet approved under the Swachh Bharat Mission.