Mr. Kishore, a graduate in computer science from SRM University, hails from Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh. Raised by parents working as public servants in the government, Mr. Kishore grew up with a passion to work in this sector. His desire to make a substantial contribution to society and bring change in the lives of people motivated him to become an IAS officer. His first posting was in Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) as a sub-collector in the Chintoor region of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. The Chintoor region was formed after the bifurcation of the state and he was one of the first officers posted there. As a result, he had to set up whole new systems, offices, and entire infrastructure, further driving his journey into the leadership role.
In September 2019, Mr. Kishore joined Rajamahendravaram Municipal Corporation (RMC) as Municipal Commissioner. Rajamahendravaram, also known as Rajahmundry, is a well-organised city and has a lot of built-in services. RMC became a municipal corporation in 1994 and is counted as one of the oldest municipalities in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The city has been served by numerous dynamic IAS officers, resulting in continuity and sustainability of city development. Mr. Kishore built on the foundational work completed by his previous officers.
Due to the efforts of the municipal officials in solid waste management, liquid waste management, and worker safety & well-being, when it comes to sanitation, the city has come a long way in the past 5 years. These efforts were guided by well-thought-out Government Orders (GOs).
Some of the gaps which were identified by Mr. Kishore when he started working with RMC were optimal utilisation of resources, mechanisation of sanitation work, and scientific disposal of waste. He started working towards achieving these and to make the city one among the top 10 in Swachh Survekshan ranking.
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Rajahmundry achieved progress over the last few years with a ranking of above 100 in Swachh Survekshan in the year 2018 and then secured the 51st rank in the year 2020. In 2021, the city achieved ODF++ (open defecation free) certification and is expecting the Garbage Free City (GFC) 3 star.
LEADERSHIP ENSURING EFFECTIVE SANITATION APPROACHES
In 2020-21, numerous Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns have been carried out by the RMC and as a result, the citizens have understood that sanitation is a priority for the Corporation. The citizens living in the city feel good about the fact that a government officer interacts with them at their doorstep to hear feedback and understand their requirements. This has contributed to tremendous trust-building between the citizens and the corporation.
One of the IEC campaigns was on the scheduled desludging of septic tanks. As part of this interesting initiative, a sticker was placed on every property. This sticker carried information on the last date when the septic tank was cleaned and also when it is next scheduled for cleaning. This campaign also led to an increased awareness about desludging and boosted desludging activity.
To understand the ground realities and to come up with a proper plan, several stakeholder meetings were conducted. Tariff structure was also decided i.e., ₹₹2000 per tank irrespective of the size. In addition to this, the Municipality and existing operators entered into an agreement and formed an association. Additionally, GPS has been installed in all the vehicles which allows for real-time monitoring.