Niti Aayog – CPR 1st Open Seminar on Open Defecation Free Communities [May 22, New Delhi]

Niti Aayog and Centre for Policy Research are organising the 1st Open Seminar on Open Defecation Free (ODF) Communities: A key step towards Swachh Bharat on May 22, 2015 at New Delhi.

Day, Date and Time

Friday, 22nd May 2015, 3:00 p.m.


It may be argued that India’s open defecation figures (both rural and urban) were the key drivers for the creation of a national-level mission on sanitation. To counter this, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) proposes to construct individual household latrines, and convert insanitary (including pit latrines) into sanitary latrines.

For this, SBA offers a central government incentive of Rs. 12,000/- per targeted household in rural areas, and Rs. 4,000/- per targeted household in urban areas. At the end of 2019, it is expected that India will be Open Defecation Free (ODF).

This seminar will debate the definition of ODF communities and the evolution of a suitable matrix to measure the achievement of this status under the mission.

Programme schedule

15:00-15:15 – Introduction & Welcome
Ms. Sindushree Khullar, CEO, Niti Aayog,
Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President & Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research

15:15-15:35 – Presentation: Transformation to an ODF society through Sabar Shouchagar movement in Nadia district
Dr. P. B. Salim, District Magistrate, Nadia District, West Bengal

15:35-15:55 – Presentation: Framing the questions
Mr. Shubhagato Dasgupta, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research

15:55-16:30 – Open discussion
Moderated by Ms. Sindushree Khullar, CEO, Niti Aayog

Speaker Bios

P. B. Salim is a 2001 batch IAS officer from the West Bengal cadre. He is currently District Magistrate, Nadia District in West Bengal, which on 30th April 2015, was declared “Open Defecation Free” by Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee.

Shubhagato Dasgupta is a Senior Fellow at CPR and Director of the Scaling City Institutions for India (Sci-Fi) Sanitation initiative. His current research focuses on drinking water and sanitation in India and the world, with particular reference to flagship government programs and service delivery challenges in smaller cities

The Niti Aayog-CPR Open Seminar Series aims to create a platform for deliberation on models for urban sanitation, including service delivery, through a series of thematic seminars with academic and research institutions, development partners, public and private organisations, NGOs and the three tiers of government.

The seminar series will strengthen the understanding of the challenges and opportunities in sanitation by promoting evidence-based knowledge in the sector.

The space seeks to initiate discussion by sharing experiences; lessons learned from successes and failures; alternative models of sanitation technologies and service delivery models; and studies of best practices.

This platform will be a crucial tool to leverage the expertise of various stakeholders on urban sanitation, including service delivery, and create a feedback loop into government, aiding the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in being a dynamic and responsive programme on sanitation. The presentations and subsequent discussions will be summarized as thematic discussion briefs for wide dissemination.

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