ANDHRA PRADESH

`Pariraksha' campaign to improve rural services

NIZAMABAD, APRIL 24. The district administration is gearing up to launch `Pariraksha,' a campaign to improve services in rural areas through coordination of the activities of key departments from June 1.

Key departments such as medical and health, rural water supply, district panchayat office, zilla parishad, women and child development agency, district education office, forest and Velugu project, are being roped in to take up a campaign in rural areas.

These departments will work in close coordination under the chairmanship of the District Collector. Two core committees at the division and mandal-level would be constituted to monitor the campaign.

The District Collector, D.V. Raidu, speaking to The Hindu said that to make the campaign more effective, staff with the best performance record from the key departments have been selected in each mandal for extensive training on various aspects. The selected staff after intensive classroom training will be asked to study the ground reality in two villages of each mandal in coordination with the elected representatives and mandal-level core team. After giving feedback they will be asked to take up similar work in all the villages.

The thrust would be on providing safe and potable drinking water to check communicable diseases. The gram panchayat secretaries and the rural water supply staff would be assigned the task of maintenance of overhead water tanks. Chlorination and cleaning of the tanks would be done by two Government employees. The mandal development officer would inspect from time to time whether bleaching is being done. A book kept in the gram panchayat would keep track of the work done by the local staff.

Sanitation in the villages was another area, which needed close supervision, the Collector pointed out. Similarly, the medical and health department is being roped in to take up massive personal and community hygiene campaign in the rural areas.

He said special emphasis is being given to the personal hygiene of women to avoid gynaecological ailments. DWCRA women would be trained to manufacture improvised sanitary napkins at affordable rates. Three DWCRA groups have been short-listed for the purpose and production would commence shortly after a manufacturing unit is established in the district.

Similarly, schools and hostels are also being targeted for sanitation and hygiene. Students and inmates of the hostels will be taught how to maintain personal hygiene.

The authorities are making a conscious effort to impress upon the rural people to use the Individual Sanitary Latrines instead of defecating in the open.

Mr. Raidu said a module is being prepared by the administration for implementation in all the gram panchayat.

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