NITI Aayog Lauds This Jharkhand School For Its Cleanliness And Sanitation Initiatives

NITI Aayog Lauds This Jharkhand School For Its Cleanliness And Sanitation Initiatives

The ‘swachh’ efforts undertaken by students and teachers of Dulsulma Middle School in the Palamu district of Jharkhand have been commended by NITI Aayog as it sets an example of cleanliness before many other schools in the state
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NITI Aayog Lauds This Jharkhand School For Its Cleanliness And Sanitation InitiativesA local school in Palamu district of Jharkhand gets recognised by NITI Aayog for adopting best practices in cleanliness, sanitation, tree plantation and water conservation

New Delhi: Students and teachers of a government school in the remote area of Satbarwa block of Palamu district in Jharkhand recently caught the attention of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) for undertaking innovative efforts towards cleanliness and sanitation. While appreciating the Dulsulma Middle School, NITI Aayog shared on its Twitter handle, “Clean as well as healthy. The method adopted by Dulsulma Middle School is very good and is like a mass movement for the advanced future of the district.” According to Deputy Commissioner of Palamu, Shantanu Kumar Agarhari, the school gained prominence and the attention of NITI Aayog when a senior teacher, who has now retired, uploaded the pictures of some innovations and experiments being done in the school on social media. He said,

The Palamu district administration appreciates the efforts for a clean and good education at Dulsulma Middle School. Being recognised at the national level and getting a citation by NITI Aayog is a matter of pride for the whole district. I hope other schools too would learn from this school and do the same.

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While talking to NDTV about the achievement of the school, headmistress of the school, Anita Bhengra said that it took about 20 years for her and her colleagues to bring a change in the attitude of the parents and children with the help of whom, the school has been able to develop on the lines of a private school. She said,

This is a great encouragement for all of the students, current and past, teachers and the people of Palamu. It is the result of their effort and their will to change for the better. I am thankful to NITI Aayog that has noticed us.

The school which was upgraded from primary to middle school a few years ago, currently has 157 enrolled children.

What Made Jharkhand’s Dulsulma Middle School A Role Model For Other Schools?

According to Ms. Bhengra, personal hygiene and cleanliness was the biggest problem in the school 20 years ago when she became the headmistress of the school because it was deprived of basic WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) facilities for a long time and also there was a lack of awareness among the people in the area. Therefore, soon after taking the office, 20 years ago, she along with her colleagues started focusing on making children aware about the importance of bathing, cutting nails, and handwashing. She said,

Earlier, the students, most of whom belonged to underprivileged families of farm labourers and construction workers, had no knowledge about keeping themselves clean. We taught them about personal hygiene and sanitation and helped them develop the habit of washing hands. Over the years, we have conducted numerous workshops and handwash demonstrations during the morning assembly. Along with this, every morning we check all students’ nails, uniform and hair. In case we find them dirty, we send a note to the parents and ask them to ensure cleanliness and hygiene at all cost.

NITI Aayog Lauds This Jharkhand School For Its Cleanliness And Sanitation Initiatives
The school has been focusing on inculcating the habit of handwashing among children

Gradually, the school constructed separate toilets for girls and boys and got a handwashing area in place. The school has also employed technology to keep waste generation low by installing an incinerator for disposing off the used sanitary pads.

NITI Aayog Lauds This Jharkhand School For Its Cleanliness And Sanitation Initiatives
An incinerator has been installed in the campus to help girls in disposing off the used sanitary pads

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Now, the school also has special arrangements for the differently-abled students, keeping in view of their seating and toilet needs. Apart from this, the school has developed gardens and organises tree-plantation drive in the neighbourhood regularly. Ms. Bhengra proudly asserts,

Hundreds of trees have been planted by students in and around the school. They take care of the trees and even help in maintaining the school garden.

Ms. Bhengra highlighted that a students’ body called ‘Bal Sansad’ (Students’ Parliament) has been formed by the school that has been made in charge of maintaining cleanliness in the school and report to the principal if there is any infrastructural issue like the malfunctioning of taps or toilets. Chandani Kumari, student of class seven who holds the position of Sports Minister in the Students’ Parliament said,

We are the future citizens of the nation and it is our responsibility to keep our surroundings neat and clean. We are taught that a clean and healthy mind lies in a clean body and obviously we need to take care of our school, house and neighbourhood along with our bodies in order to truly be clean. As part of the ‘bal sansad’ and as a senior student in our school, we volunteer our time to help the younger students in learning the school syllabus as well as in helping them use school toilet, wash hands and contribute in cleaning the school.

NITI Aayog Lauds This Jharkhand School For Its Cleanliness And Sanitation Initiatives
Dulsulma Middle School has become a role model for other schools in the Palamu district of Jharkhand

The school is also conserving water through rainwater harvesting structure and is also using solar energy to run the motor to draw the groundwater.

As the school gets a special mention from NITI Aayog on its Twitter handle, Masudi Tudu, the deputy superintendent of education of Palamu dedicated the accolade to the Ms. Bhengar. He said,

Constant efforts from her and her team of teachers and students have transformed the school. It is a matter of pride for all of us that a small school from our small district has been recognised at the national level by the national think tank.

He further added that the district education department will be rewarding the school for its efforts and other schools will be asked to implement innovative measures like Dulsulma Middle School.

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3,15,72,344 44,230Cases
4,05,155 1,315Active
3,07,43,972 42,360Recovered
4,23,217 555Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,72,344 confirmed cases including 4,23,217 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,05,155 and 3,07,43,972 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

62,90,156 7,242

81,933 3,980

60,75,888 11,032

1,32,335 190


33,49,365 22,064

1,55,327 5,287

31,77,453 16,649

16,585 128


29,01,247 2,052

23,277 685

28,41,479 1,332

36,491 35

Tamil Nadu

25,55,664 1,859

21,207 314

25,00,434 2,145

34,023 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,62,049 2,107

21,279 280

19,27,438 1,807

13,332 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,373 60

784 16

16,84,834 44


West Bengal

15,26,539 766

11,300 70

14,97,116 822

18,123 14


14,36,144 51

554 19

14,10,541 70



10,01,781 130

2,086 140

9,86,175 270



9,74,132 1,615

15,276 489

9,53,088 2,039

5,768 65


9,53,622 17

259 9

9,44,410 26



8,24,829 27

268 6

8,14,485 33


Madhya Pradesh

7,91,796 18

130 0

7,81,153 18



7,69,858 30

712 10

7,59,516 17

9,630 3


7,24,719 46

481 1

7,14,596 42

9,642 3


6,43,716 623

9,188 126

6,30,732 746

3,796 3


5,99,005 58

553 6

5,82,162 60

16,290 4


5,64,030 1,299

14,114 385

5,44,695 1,664

5,221 20


3,47,105 56

259 22

3,41,720 34



3,41,982 48

669 3

3,33,952 51


Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,207 181

1,144 5

3,15,686 175

4,377 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,728 229

1,098 145

2,01,110 84



1,70,900 90

1,077 5

1,66,679 93

3,144 2


1,20,725 98

972 49

1,17,961 49



96,824 1,000

10,895 27

84,408 1,016

1,521 11


78,059 271

3,640 221

73,665 488

754 4


63,745 731

5,750 294

56,933 423

1,062 14


61,948 5

37 1

61,102 4


Arunachal Pradesh

47,477 335

4,252 49

43,000 383

225 1


37,171 764

11,862 252

25,168 511

141 1


27,653 67

1,299 51

25,798 114

556 4


26,132 276

3,297 180

22,498 92

337 4


20,324 4

60 4

20,057 8


Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,643 1

36 5

10,603 6



10,162 7

70 6

10,042 13


Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,534 3

10 3



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