KC Devasenapathi and Rohini Sindhuri are two district collectors who have been doing some excellent work in promoting the idea of sanitation in their areas. They are utilising of new approaches that are helping them take the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan forward.
Two district collectors have been recognized for their exemplary work in the execution of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in their areas. KC Devasenapathi and Rohini Sindhuri, who were recently being talked about for all the wrong reasons, did not let the controversies hinder their outstanding work in taking the country’s cleanliness mission forward.
The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is in the process of identifying district collectors who are innovating ways to promote sanitation in their districts.
The 34-year-old Devasenapathi is the collector of Dantewada, who was in the news recently for not wearing formal clothes during the Prime Minister’s visit there. He has designed mobile ‘swacch vans’ which are equipped with automated jets and water cleaners. These vans go to all 70 schools in the district to clean the toilets there. The collector is seen travelling long distances in the area to make sure that this work is being done properly. He is also the collector who has been able to keep the toilet building project in his area on track. With the ‘swachhta chaupals’ project, he is encouraging villagers to build and use toilets, by organizing frequent talks for them.
Rohini Sindhuri, the CEO of Mandya Zila Panchayat, was recently heard of when her name was dragged in the case of the alleged suicide of Karnataka IAS officer DK Ravi. Located in the sugar belt of Mandya in Karnataka, she has been able to convince people that sugar cane crops are not the natural barrier to open defecation.
“In Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the sarpanch can tell villagers he won’t step into houses without toilets and use that to encourage toilet usage but these tricks won’t work in most places in South India. These places are more individualistic,” she told Economic Times. She talks to women about the need for toilets by connecting the issue to self-respect. There has been a case of the rape of a minor girl who had gone to defecate in the open in the area.
We congratulate the collectors for taking forward the cleanliness baton in some very unique and amazing ways.