(The Gist of Kurukshetra) SWACHH BHARAT
SUMMER INTERNS MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE
SWACHH BHARAT SUMMER INTERNS MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE
Swachh Bharat Summer Interns from the Manipur Institute of
Management Studies (Manipur University) have been involved in various sanitation
related works in Kyamgei Gram Panchayat, Imphal East, during the last three
According to ZSBP-Imphal West, Romilla Akham, seven youth from
the institution who enrolled as Swachh Bharat Summer Interns (SBSI) cleaned up
the entire Kyamgei village in Imphal West district. They spoke to the community
at length to raise awareness, segregated solid waste and cleaned drains.
They also visited schools and created awareness on sanitation
and hygiene, painted walls on the theme of cleanliness, organised a Swachhata
Mela, and taught children the importance of hand washing and menstrual hygiene.
The interns also arranged for a garbage truck to pick up waste from households
during the period of internship.
Best of all, the village was transformed during this time. When
the village community and local youth clubs were motivated and made aware of the
essence of good sanitation and hygiene, they took part in cleaning up of the
village whole heartedly. They joined the interns and school children to clean
back alleys and engaged in proper segregation of biodegradable and non
biodegradable wastes In addition, children were taught how to wash hands
properly before food and after toilet. During the entire internship period,
garbage was picked up from households.
To engage youth across the country and develop their skill and
orientation for sanitation related work and village level development, the
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation organized a Swachh Bharat Summer
Internship (SBSI) programme. Under SBSI, every student had to devote 100 hours
for swachhata related activities in rural areas between 1st May and 31stJuly
2018.The programme was intended to give youth across the country an opportunity
to make a significant contribution to the swachhata revolution; and integrate
them in community service in rural areas in the run up to the 150th birth
anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.