Nirmal Gram Puruskar’s (NGP) have for long been associated with recognition of substantial strides made in sanitation and hygiene practices. They have served as drivers, motivating local communities including schools, etc to construct and use sanitation facilities; and adopt both individual and community level hygienic practices.
Supporting the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in its endeavor to assess achievement of NGP worthy targets, AFPRO extended its technical support through evaluations in the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Outcomes from the study included identification of Nirmal Gramas as well as
AFPRO has drawn crucial learning about the rural sanitation sector from its involvement in NGP exercises. These include the need for effective district level mechanism, introduction of credit facilities, proper water facilities at schools, expansion of the concept of sanitation beyond management of human excreta to include solid and liquid waste management (environmental sanitation), use of waste water etc.