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SHG team with Authorization Letter for Toilet Grading under Clean Toilets Campaign


Chandigarh: In a bid to empower the designated Self-Help Group (SHG) team, "स्वच्छता पारखी," comprised of both men and women, for toilet grading under the Clean Toilets Campaign, Commissioner Ms. Anindita Mitra today handed over the "Authorization letter" to all 25 members of "स्वच्छता पारखी.” The team, consisting of 25 individuals organized into 8 teams, will undertake the responsibility of inspecting a total of 331 Community Toilets (CT) and Public Toilets (PT) as part of the grading exercise. Each facility will undergo a meticulous grading process based on a predefined set of criteria, leaving no aspect unexamined in the pursuit of excellence. This exercise is scheduled to commence on December 15th, coinciding with Good Governance Day on December 25th.

To ensure that the "स्वच्छता पारखी" team possesses the necessary skills and knowledge to accurately complete the CT/PT grading, the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh (MCC) conducted a final training session. The session aimed to refresh the team's understanding of the grading parameters and address any doubts they may have had before commencing the grading process. Participants gained a comprehensive understanding of the parameters involved in the grading process and had the opportunity to seek clarifications, ensuring a clear understanding of the grading criteria.

Municipal Commissioner, Ms. Anindita Mitra, IAS, emphasized the empowerment of the SHG team by handing over authorization letters to "स्वच्छता पारखी." This gesture serves as a testament to their crucial role in the Clean Toilets Campaign and recognizes their contribution in ensuring improved sanitation standards. Additionally, their diligent work will be recognized through fixed remuneration, demonstrating the value and appreciation for their efforts. The special badges and caps serve as symbols of their dedication and commitment to the cause.

She further highlighted the importance of equipping the "स्वच्छता पारखी" team with the necessary skills and knowledge. In collaboration with DAY-NULM's SHG team, MC Chandigarh has conducted comprehensive training sessions before the grading exercise begins. These sessions cover essential aspects of the grading process, ensuring that the team is well-versed in the evaluation criteria and capable of carrying out their responsibilities with precision and professionalism.

The Master Trainers and the "स्वच्छता पारखी" team, who participated in the Toilet Grading training, will play a crucial role in disseminating this knowledge within their respective communities of women SHG members. Their understanding of the grading process will empower them to assess and grade toilets accurately, contributing to the overall success of the Clean Toilets campaign.

This joint effort between the Swachh Bharat Mission and DAY-NULM in Chandigarh exemplifies a collaboration that prioritizes sanitation, inclusivity, and empowerment. The dedicated team of SHGs associated with DAY-NULM, consisting of nine groups named Shagun, Pryshth, Khwahish, Angel, Luckey, Megha, Pari, Somya, and Divya, is leading the charge. Comprising 25 women, this diverse team brings a wealth of expertise and commitment to ensure the successful implementation of the citywide toilet grading exercise.

The collaboration between the Swachh Bharat Mission and DAY-NULM stands as a shining example of collective action driving positive change. By leveraging the expertise and dedication of the SHGs, this partnership aims to elevate the standards of cleanliness and sanitation in Chandigarh's public conveniences, promoting inclusivity and empowering communities.

As the diverse SHG team, "स्वच्छता पारखी," embarks on this noble mission, their dedication and unwavering commitment to improving public conveniences will undoubtedly leave an indelible impact on the community. With their expertise and the steadfast support of the Swachh Bharat Mission, DAY-NULM, and the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh, there is a strong belief that this grading exercise will pave the way for better sanitation practices, improved hygiene, and a sustainable future.

About Clean Toilets Campaign and Toilet Grading:

The Clean Toilets campaign, launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on 19th December and commencingon Good Governance Day on December 25th, aims to improve sanitation facilities across the country. One of the key components of this campaign is the grading of public and community toilets based on predefined parameters. By implementing a standardized grading system, the campaign aims to enhance the overall quality and cleanliness of public sanitation facilities.

This toilet grading initiative is a testament to the government's unwavering commitment to promoting cleanliness and hygiene nationwide. Through such collaborative endeavors, it is believed that the Clean Toilets Campaign will not only revolutionize public conveniences but also foster a sense of dignity and responsibility among citizens, forming the foundation for a healthier and more prosperous society.


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