Call to make sanitation programme effective

Kathmandu: The UN Habitat Nepal organised an orientation programme for the sub-grantees of Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) Programme in Nepal to make them knowledgeable on GSF Programme in Nepal and its implementing strategies. The orientation programme was organised with an objective of implementing the sanitation development programmes at the local levels of Nepal and making stakeholders knowledgeable about the GSF programme.

Various representatives of National Coordinating Body that formed under the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works were present at the programme and discussed the effective implementations of the master plan and the aim of Millennium Development Goal and national goal in sanitation sector.

Chief of the Environmental Sanitation and Disaster Management Section at the Department of Water Supply and Sewerage Khom Bahadur Subedi said the existing service in sanitation sector should be improved for achieving the national goal. He said that the fund would support in making coordination with stakeholders by collaborating with the local bodies. It would also assist to make sanitation campaign more effective by changing the unhealthy behavior of the people, he added.

Bhushan Tuladhar, Chief Technical Advisor of UN Habitat said that by coordinating with stakeholders, the programme would be brought that could help to achieve the national goal of providing sanitation service for all by 2017. Habitat Programme Manager of UN Habitat, Padma Sundar Joshi stressed that the role of those organisations which coordinated with the local organisations were prominent for the success of sanitation programme that was carried out with the help of fund. He urged all stakeholders to move with hand-in-hand.

Stating that the condition of sanitation is slowly developing at the countries of South Asia which have already got the political commitment and where the level of literacy is getting higher, Sanitation Specialist of UNCIEF, Namaste Lal Shrestha expressed that, “The condition of sanitation sector can be improved in Nepal through the adoption of the creative ideas and activities.”

Project Manager of Global Sanitation Fund programme, Dinesh Raj Manandhar said they had targeted to establish complete sanitation programme at 5 municipalities and 225 VDCs of five districts. He further said, “For sustainable development of sanitation sector in Nepal, the master plan should be implemented at local and national level as a whole.
With an aim of achieving the national and Millennium Development Goal on Sanitation in Nepal, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC) provided the fund of $5 million for the Nepal Government. Through the fund, the sanitation programme will be conducted at five development regions, five districts and five municipalities and help to provide fundamental sanitation service to Nepali people who are deprived from the service of sanitation.

Source: The Rising Nepal, April 24, 2011

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