Imagine yourself walking down the road–you stumble upon an open defecation site. What would your natural instinct be? To cringe your nose, and walk around it?
According to a report in Telangana Today, Medak Collector K Dharama Reddy has left everyone startled by what he did at the recently concluded Sustainability of Open Defecation Free (ODF) workshop conducted by the Swachh Bharat Mission in Pune.
Just after the attendants of the workshop were given a demonstration about transforming human waste into organic manure, Dharma Reddy entered into a toilet pit and emptied organic manure with his bare hands.
A 2012 batch IAS officer, Dharma Reddy took charge as the collector of Medak in March this year. Soon after he was posted, he established direct contact with the people of his district.
With such commitment and sincerity, results are sure to follow. In November 2017, Medak became an open defecation-free district and is now the eighth in Maharashtra to do so.
Many of us don’t yet completely understand the problems that the open-defecation poses. In an earlier story, we covered Parameswaran Iyer, a former IAS officer who currently leads the Swachh Bharat Mission for the Government.
Parameswaran Iyer quit his high paying job in the US and returned to India to be a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. He travelled across the world as part of his previous role at the World Bank and has various perspectives on the issue of open defecation. You can read all about his initiatives here.
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(Edited by Shruti Singhal)