Guwahati, April 25: A one day state level convention on tea garden sanitation was organised by the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) at the Assam Administrative Staff College.
UNICEF representative Tushar Rane, Assam Powe Minister Pallab Lochan Das, members of Indian Tea Association, representatives of tea garden workers’ associations and government officials were present at the convention.
Tushar Rane informed that there is a shortage of as many as 30,000 household toilets in the tea gardens of Assam. It may be mentioned here that only 56 of the total tea gardens of Assam have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF),
Pallab Lochan Das said that the role of each department in the field of sanitation has been properly defined and that a change is required in the mindset of the people to achieve the goal of ODF. “Efforts on health, water and sanitation, and proper implementation of the Plantations Labour Act of 1951 will solve most of the sanitation issues in the tea gardens of Assam” the minister added.
He also informed that CSR activities of OIL (Oil India Limited) and initiatives taken up by NGOs and Self Help Groups have helped a lot in the journey towards achieving the goal of proper sanitation and open defecation free.