Another feather in the cap of Nadia district administration.
Only a week, after being officially declared as the first open defecation free (ODF) district in West Bengal, the district administration has been selected as First Place Winner for the 2015 United Nations Public Service Award in the category of “Improving the Delivery of Public Services” for the initiative “ Sabar Shouchagar.
“ Your institution’s outstanding achievement has demonstrated excellence in serving the public interest,” says Stefania Senese Department of Economic and Social Affairs at United Nations Secretariat
The Nadia district administration will receive the award at the United Nations Public Service Forum, Day and Awards Ceremony, which will be held at Medellin, Republic of Colombia, from 23 to 26 June 2015.
Through the ‘Sabar Shouchagar initivative’, Nadia district administration in record 18 months increased the toilet coverage in the district from 66 percent in July 2013 to 100 percent by March 2015. About 5.16 million citizens of the district attained access to sanitary toilets.
A staggering 3,55,609 toilets were built in record time. While the frontline workers highlighted hazards of open defecation, anganwadi workers inspired masses for a better living. About 8.5 lakh school children from 4240 educational institutions pooled their efforts to make the district open defecation free.
The transformation of Nadia to Open Defecation Free district is a story of commitment, thoughtful leadership coupled with overwhelming community participation.
Three cheers for Nadia. Nadia’s people, the district administration and Mission Nirmal Bangla.