PUNE: Community Management Community (CMC) by Ek Sahhay Khidki Kendra, who work at six slum areas in the city have effectively managed sanitation and hygiene in their areas by effective communication with authorities.
Women from these areas, located across the city, face problems like unhygienic public toilets and solid waste spilling out of the garbage bin. This waste is the main reason for spreading of dengue and other mosquito-related diseases.
Speaking at a press interaction on Thursday, Kanta Dhende, from Visharantwadi said these problems were rampant and there seemed no solution to them.
“We used to file an official complaint with the ward office. But the concerned people never tended to our problems. There was always a communication gap. However, with the online complaint system and the guidance from CMC, we were able to solve the problem of choked drainage and other problems,” said Dhende. She noted that better awareness helped women from the community to come up with better solutions. “We understood that different people from the health department tend to different issues. The person who cleans the toilet is different from the person who cleans the community area. And we also started to understand their problems as they also had many. Our active communication and solutions to the problems at hand helped us to get the problem sorted instantly,” said Dhende.
She said the participation of women from the CMC helped the community get better and hygienic surrounding. Speaking to Sakal Times, Pramod Gogawale, State Programme Coordinator from Center for Advocacy and Policy Research (CFAR) told Sakal Times said that active community participation can help the government achieve its goal of Swatch Bharat.
“Cleanliness has been an agenda of every government so far. However, none of the governments have invested in changing the habit associated with people. This perception can make a lot of difference. The women from the community are the best people to look up to as they are connected to each household. Hence the concept of CMC is very important to have an effective implantation of such policies at the community level,” said Gogawale.