Sucheta Singh, the woman sarpanch of Lalitpur Tibra village of Ghaziabad, will be trying to recycle sewage for agricultural purposes in her village. She is one of the eight women sarpanchs from Ghaziabad who attended the ‘Swachh Shakti – 2017’ conclave held in Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat, and addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The women members were selected for their exemplary work in their respective villages.
“As a sarpanch, we have been celebrating the first Sunday of every month as cleanliness day. Villagers take up mass cleaning and spread awareness on that day. After the cleaning drive, we also distribute sweets among villagers. From the conclave, I have taken up the idea to install a sewage treatment plant, which will help us save water and the recycled water can be used for water agricultural fields,” she said.
Apart from spreading awareness, Singh has also got constructed 10 public toilets in her village to support the cleanliness drive launched by the government.
“The conclave in Gujarat was an eye opener as we shared ideas and met other women sarpanchs who came from all parts of the country. In my village, we have constructed 80 toilets with public funds. From the contribution of villagers, we have come up with dustbins and streetlights on every pole available,” said Neetu Singh, sarpanch from Kazampur village in Razapur block, Ghaziabad.
“We also made a unique arrangement to save water in our village. We have connected all drainages and dug up a pond where the sewage gets collected. This helps in conserving groundwater as well. After attending the conclave, we came to know where our work stood. Now, I feel more encouraged, especially after PM Modi’s address about educating the girl child, cleanliness and gender equality,” she said.
The women sarpanchs from Ghaziabad will return in another couple of days after they visit development blocks and villages in Gujarat.
“Of the eight sarpanchs who attended the conclave in Gujarat, two are from Loni, three from Murad Nagar, two from Razapur and one from Bhojpur block in Ghaziabad district. They also attended a programme held at the riverfront park in Ahmedabad on Tuesday,” said Mohammad Farrukh, district consultant, Swachh Bharat Mission.