With an aim to make Goa open-defecation free, the state government, through the district rural development agency (DRDA), will be conducting an individual household latrine survey under the Swachh Bharat Mission – Nital Goem.
The DRDA, in collaboration with self-help groups, will undertake the survey of all households across the state in phases.
When contacted, Minister for Rural Development Agency Jayesh Salgaonkar said, “Through RDA, we will be undertaking a survey to obtain data pertaining to toilet facilities in the state. Once we have the data, subsequently we will consider providing portable toilets, which are currently on display at the Shram Shakti Bhawan. However, no decision on that has been taken yet by the government.”
In the first phase, a total of five talukas including Bardez, Bicholim, Canacona, Pernem and Quepem will be surveyed while the second phase will include another five talukas. As Salcete is a bigger taluka, it will be taken up in the third phase along with another taluka.
To monitor the survey exercise, two committees will be constituted, one at the district level, which will be headed by Collector and the other at the taluka level to be headed by Deputy Collectors of the respective talukas. Bl ock development officers will be secretaries.
To work at the village level, a team of self-help group has been formed in every village. The teams will be headed by a supervisor, who will have ward-wise enumerator. The DRDA has already trained self-help group volunteers to undertake the exercise.
The trained enumerator will visit every household and take down details like ownership of property, number of family members, whether the family belongs to general category, SC, ST or OBC, farmer, landless or labour. Details of toilet facility will also be taken down like the type of toilet and whether the toilet has a septic tank or the waste is discharged in open drains.
Director of panchayats Sandhya Kamat said, “Since the directorate of panchayats works at the grassroots level in rural areas and the directorate of municipal administration works in urban areas, both the departments will coordinate in conducting the survey.”
Commenting on the issue of open defecation in slum areas, she said that following output of the survey, the government will consider providing community toilets or mobile toilets to tackle the issue.