Sikkim adds another feather to its “cleanliness” cap
New Delhi | September 6 , 2019:
Sikkim was awarded the first position in category of ODF PLUS IEC CAMPAIGN in the SWACHH PURASKAR 2019 organised by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jalshakti at Vigyan Bhawan on September 6.
Also, Upasna Khawas of Namcheybong, Pakyong in Sikkim was also awarded by the Ministry of Jalshkati for her immense contribution in the field of Menstrual Hygiene and menstrual waste management in the State.
Sikkim attained the status of FIRST ODF (Open Defecation Free) State in March, 2016 well ahead of the rest of the states of the country. It was formally declared ODF State in the 65th Plenary Session of the NE Council held at Shillong on 27th May, 2016.
Thereafter, Sikkim's focus shifted towards sustaining the ODF status and on ODF Plus activities, i.e, waste management of the villages. Unique IEC programmes like "Money from Waste", "Sefie with garbage", mountain biking, walkathon , etc, apart from numerous competitions for students on quiz , debates, elocution , paintings, exhibitions were organized throughout the state. Our focus of IEC interventions have been primarily the students at all levels, who can act as effective change agents.
Despite the plethora of IEC activities taken up throughout the country, the visibility of such activities was low. The Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, GoI, came up with the 4+1 IEC campaign under ODF Plus, wherein the four wall paintings and an ODF Board were to be painted / installed in the villages and uploaded in the IMIS.
Sikkim has 446 registered villages in the MIS, wherein we painted the four wall paintings with various messages in public places like schools, ICDS centres, PHSCs, Gram Prasashan Kendras, etc. The messages to be painted were provided by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.