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Implementing Nirmal Rural Haryana to achieve SDG 6 targets: Need for Participatory Monitoring

Devdiscourse invites government agencies for partnership under a simple arrangement called ‘Adopt the Research’ to use its digital technology enabled platform for participatory monitoring of developmental interventions.

Devdiscourse News Desk Last Updated at 08 Aug 2018, 10:08 IST India

In January 2018, the Government of Haryana declared to set up a 5 MW power plant that will treat and use tonnes of municipal waste to generate. The plant will be located in the north Indian state's Sonepat district. Such projects are understood to mainly cater to the solid waste management needs of the urban areas falling under the jurisdiction of city administration. Rural areas of the state need similar or community-based interventions to tackle the problem of solid waste management.

The Haryana government plan to rope in gram panchayats to implement a comprehensive programme of community-based solid waste management to achieve the goal of 'Nirmal Rural Haryana'.

Gram panchayats are to play a part in not only managing the waste generated in villages but also garbage lying on roadsides of national and state highways and main district thoroughfares passing through their areas, as per an official spokesman of the government.

All deputy commissioners in the state have been directed to involve at least 25-gram panchayats in their districts to take part in the cleanliness scheme under the rural jobs scheme of MGNREGS.

Community-based solid waste management projects in such gram panchayats would be taken up under MGNREGS and the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan with funds to be also drawn from the panchayats and the Nirmal Gram Puraskar and Mukhyamantri Sanitation Incentive Puraskar Yojana schemes.

As per the scheme, a total solid waste management system, based on the door-to-door collection, transportation, segregation, and processing would be set up in these villages.

Participatory monitoring of SDGs being done by Devdiscourse aims at generating the data needed to close the information gaps and achieve the evidence base needed for robust implementation of the developmental interventions aimed at achieving the targets set as Agenda 2030 including the sanitation specific targets. As part of such monitoring, data is being collected as feedback from volunteers across the world online and through an android app on various aspects including the feedback on basic services such as solid waste management (SDG 6).

This digital technology enabled platform will be extremely useful for the participatory monitoring of programs such as 'Nirmal Rural Haryana'. Devdiscourse invites government agencies for partnership under a simple arrangement called 'Adopt the Research' with minimal conditions. The access to the platform with a dashboard displaying the crowd-sourced data from the geographical area of interest as well as enabling the environment for communicating with volunteers is provided free of cost.

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For example, a feedback node coming from the participatory monitoring data stream indicates an on-ground situation of solid waste management in Kundali – Nathupur area in the state as depicted in images below.

(With inputs from PTI)

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