Hanisha and Shashank Devra
Badangaka village, Haryana, is located 20 kilometers from Nuh, the district headquarters, with a population of 2,100 people. For a long time in Badangaka, no sanitation worker cleaned the village, and the water drainage system was blocked. As a result, the dirty water from households and rain did not drain and was logged in various areas all over the village. This caused the spread of waterborne diseases, and a foul odor pervaded the entire village. The villagers had no idea how to solve this problem.
In a CSR-supported project implemented by S M Sehgal Foundation, monthly trainings sessions were conducted for the Village Leadership School (VLS), which was set up under the project. VLS training sessions provide information about government programs and teach selected community leaders to effectively engage with government departments to improve access to the programs.
During VLS sessions, the members raised the issue of the village’s sanitation problem. The field assistant from Sehgal Foundation informed them about the Chief Minister (CM) window helpline. Since 25 December 2014, the CM window has served as a mechanism for supporting effective delivery of government services across all districts in Haryana.
Mubin, a VLS member, together with other VLS members brought up the sanitation issue at the CM window in September 2022. This resulted in a sanitation worker being regularized in the village, which improved its sanitary condition.
The sanitary situation in the village has improved as a result of the collective initiative of VLS members. Mubin said, “It’s only because of the guidance and support of the S M Sehgal Foundation team that the sanitary condition of the village has improved.”
(Hanisha is field assistant and Shashank is program lead, Local Participation and Sustainability)