WASH Warrior: Meet 45-Year-Old Ganesh Nagle, Who Is Ensuring His Fellow Slum Dwellers In Bhopal Are Not Deprived Of Sanitation FacilitiesGanesh was an active proponent of the scheme to construct household toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission
Highlights
  • Ganesh helped 25 families get access to toilets
  • Every Sunday, Ganesh dedicates two hours to cleaning the slum
  • Ganesh is also spreading awareness about prevention of the coronavirus

New Delhi: 45-year-old Ganesh Nagle is well known in the 100 Quarter slum of ward 63, Bhopal. Born in the Betul district of Madhya Pradesh, Ganesh has only studied till the seventh standard, but his inclination towards social work set him on a different course. Ganesh says that he came to Bhopal in 1995, searching for better livelihood opportunities and settled down in the 100 Quarter slum after he got a job as a factory worker. At his factory, he convinced a group of his fellow workers to contribute a small portion of their salary and help children of poor families by providing essential food items. In 2019, when WaterAid India and its partner, Aarambh, initiated the formation of a slum-level committee, locally called Mohalla Samiti, Ganesh voluntarily joined it to represent the issues of his neighbourhood.

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Various training programmes, orientations, and exposure provided by the WaterAid India– Aarambh initiative built his capacities and he emerged as a community leader. He became the secretary of the committee and started working actively towards social causes, especially ensuring WASH access to all households in the slum, a spokesperson from WaterAid India told NDTV.

Ganesh was an active proponent of the scheme to construct household toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission. He prepared a list of families that were left out of the scheme and shared it with the local ward parishad and Member of Parliament, the spokesperson added.

It was through his efforts that 25 marginalised families who had been left out earlier got access to household toilets. He also motivated people to use toilets properly and is trying to make the slum open defecation free. He continues to try for construction of toilets in the households that are still left out, she said.

Ganesh also presented a demand letter to the municipal commissioner, zonal water-in-charge, and ward parishad for household tap connections. He motivated 40 households to pay their holding tax as a prerequisite for initiation of water supply. His efforts were successful, and in 2020, water supply at the household level under the Narmada Jal Yojana was initiated in the slum.

When a water point in the slum became dysfunctional, causing to increased hardship for the slum dwellers, Ganesh shared the issue with our organisation and sought support. He also led a group of people to visit the ward councillor and Member of Parliament to advocate the issue. This water point was owned by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). It was due to his effort that the BHEL administration handed over the ownership of the source to the community. He also mobilised his community to contribute their share. With support from the project, the water source was renovated and a community-managed decentralised water supply distribution system was established. People are now getting adequate water for their needs. Following the success of this intervention, two other water sources of the slum were renovated, resulting in better access to water, the spokesperson told NDTV.

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Ganesh is also concerned about the cleanliness of the slum. Every Sunday morning, he dedicates two hours to cleaning different areas of the slum. Inspired by his efforts, the youth of the slum have now started helping him.

The present outbreak of COVID-19 has affected the whole world; Bhopal and the 100 Quarter slum are no exception. In this situation too, Ganesh masked up and set out to face the challenge and save the lives of his fellow dwellers.

He encouraged people to maintain social distancing at public places like water points, community toilets, grocery shops, among others. For this purpose, he drew circles at all the community points and motivated people to maintain the correct distance. He also works tirelessly with the us, spreading awareness about prevention of the coronavirus infection, the spokesperson explained.

Moreover, along with other members of the mohalla committee, Ganesh identified 12 ‘most vulnerable’ families like women-headed families, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities in the slum shared their details with the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) and other organisations and ensured that all necessary supplies reached them. He also mobilised the BMC and ensured regular sanitisation of the slum.

When it comes to his efforts at his workplace, he inspired his fellow employees to donate money. With the Rs 5,000 he collected, he distributed food items to people with disabilities. He also provided support to anganwadi workers in conducting a survey to identify suspected COVID-19 patients.

People like Ganesh Nagle demonstrate that sustainable development of any community is ensured if there are leaders like him, the Wateraid spokesperson signed off.

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.  

World

17,66,30,634Cases
5,80,25,717Active
11,47,82,895Recovered
38,22,022Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.

India

2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
8,65,43247,946Active
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458

Karnataka

27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115

Kerala

27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75

Delhi

14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12

Chhattisgarh

9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8

Rajasthan

9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14

Odisha

8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42

Gujarat

8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27

Haryana

7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38

Bihar

7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9

Telangana

6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14

Punjab

5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48

Assam

4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34

Jharkhand

3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4

Uttarakhand

3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12

Goa

1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10

Puducherry

1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5

Chandigarh

61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3

Manipur

61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8

Tripura

60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5

Meghalaya

42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4

Nagaland

23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3

Ladakh

19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1

Sikkim

18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3

Mizoram

15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7

4

Lakshadweep

9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15

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