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Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP) Award – On Total Sanitation Verification Project

Rural Total Sanitation Project Survey work under Department of Drinking Water Supply,  Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.

Considering sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and better health as a basic human right the Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. India  has planned monitoring and evaluation an integral part of intervention and promoted sanitation coverage through ‘Total Sanitation Campaign’ (TSC) to add vigor to its implementation and  launched an “Incentive Scheme’ by name ‘Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP)’ viz. Gram Panchayats (GPs) Block Panchayats (GPs) Districts and States, engaging independent agencies for conducting monitoring and surveys to ascertain the claim of achievements made by PRIs.  The best GPs are recommended for NGP Award to be presented by Hon. President of India, every year.  

MNEC- A verification survey work agency on Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) for 592 Grama Panjayats (Gps)  in Karnataka State in 2008, 386 Gps in Madhya Pradesh in 2009 and 24 GPs in Kerala and 358 GPs in Karnataka State in 2011 for Nirmal Puraskar Award by Honourable President of India.

Methodology Adopted.

Households to be selected, following, Cluster Random Sampling technique in all the villages or clusters.

All schools, Anganwadis (Child Care Home) and  Community  Toilets to be visited and inspected and the students to be interviewed on the usage of toilets in the houses.

To hold discussions with GP members, School teachers, Anganwadi workers, NGOs, ANM, officials the practice of open defecation is limited /stopped or not, to visit the traditional places of open defecation.

To assess the general cleanliness and verify if any garbage/waste is dumped near any public drinking water source/public and  if there are any choked drains or pools of stagnant water and to report the same.

To verify the copy of resolution banning open defecation and check whether the same is documented in the register of resolutions maintained by the Gram Sabha.

Madurai Non Formal Education Centre, successfully monitored 3 states in India covering  1337 GPs between 2008  to 2011.