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Latest News Of Koraput ; Building toilet high on the agenda at Koraput, Sanitation Must be in Koraput  #KoraputNews #Koraput #News #IndiaNews

Latest News Of Koraput ; Building toilet high on the agenda at Koraput.  #KoraputNews #Koraput #News #IndiaNews , eOdisha.org Updated News

Reported by Basant Rath :Koraput:- A part of the strategy focuses UNICEF, organised a Regional Media  Workshop and field visit on Sanitation recently.  The workshop began with an introduction and a brief explanation of the Nirmal  Abhiyan, by Ranjan Mohanty, PECUC followed by a session by Simanchal Dash, Superintendent of engineer, RWSS  where he highlighted “Sanitation In Koraput context and link” The workshop concluded with an open house session where members from PECUC, UNICEF, NGOs, District water & sanitation mission (DWSM), and the media fraternity shared the challenges they face while dealing with the issue of sanitation.

In the session two visited Chakarliguda of Bada Kernga Gram Panchayat of Koraput block interacted with Chandramani Jani, the village Sarpanch who have been using toilet played a vital role in motivated the villagers for building and using toilets under Nirmal Abhiyan Programme. She said Open defecation in night will not safe and hygienic after the village committee banned open defecation and each of its 72 families constructing their toilets in houses. She further said that efforts are on to convince all the villages for construction of toilets under her gram panchayat” its goal of achieving open defecation free status for all villages under her gram panchayat, in next year end” In the day two the team visited Jagamput village under Samiliguda block, of 51 families already using latrines, Sankar Majhi, a school boy studying in class-IV trained by DWSM motivated parents to build and use toilets. Manguli Deulipadia, member of Nigarani Committee and Gaon Sathi, who is staying with his mother and wife built toilet cum bathroom. The village having 207 populations out of which 44 tribals (Godva) and 7 Dora families all are happily using toilets said the villagers.

The visit was enriching as the journalists were able to interact with the local communities and witness the positive change at the grassroots level that will be brought about by Nirmal Odisha Abhiyan intervention. Senior Journalist said Lack of receiving factual information from such agencies was cited as one of the reasons for reduced coverage on sanitation. The motivated journalists also suggested that workshops should also be organized at the community and district levels and people in general should also advocate the cause and gather more support from stakeholders.Journalists from Koraput , Kalahandi, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri districts attended the workshop with Ranjan Mahanty of PECUC, Alka Gupta and Brecht Mommen from Unicef , Sandeep Sahoo, senior journalist , Simanchal Dash , S.E. RWSS , Manoranjan Mali, Executive Engineer, RWSS, Koraput, NGO members and Soojata Mishra , BDO Koraput, participated at the workshop.