Frontline Stories of Resilience

India’s Sanitation Champions

Commendable Journeys of India’s Leadership

6

States of India

15

Towns and cities

19

Leadership Journeys

Strong leadership at the city and state level is a building block for resilient & sustainable WASH service delivery. We bring to you stories of Government Champions across India who have championed inclusive sanitation outcomes.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when our systems were put to test, and the world stayed indoors, India’s Leadership did not budge from the Frontlines. Government officials across all states and cities resiliently worked round the clock to ensure seamless service delivery.

Through this platform, we showcase government champions whose prompt and strategic decision-making not only ensures regular sanitation service delivery but also safeguards the sanitation warriors and vulnerable communities.


Resilient Leadership Journeys


Abhijit Bangar

Focused on driving inclusive sanitation with a combination of technology and behaviour change communication strategies, inculcating swachhta habits in the citizens through innovative solutions and models has been an essential outcome of this leadership story

State: Maharashtra

Bijaya Kumar Dash

Bijaya Kumar Dash

Leveraging community mobilization for effective waste management in Puri and a digital approach to sanitation-led payments, the focus to ensure inclusion in sanitation is key.

State: Odisha

Dilip Mohant

Dilip Mohanty

Praised by the Chief Minister of Odisha for driving effective models of waste management, the focus of his leadership to ensure safe sanitation has been driven by strategic behaviour change communication aimed at citizens.

State: Odisha

Durgeshwar Tripathi

Durgeshwar Tripathi

Durgeshwar Tripathi is the Executive Officer (EO) of Bijnor Nagar Palika Parishad (BNPP) in Bijnor, a densely populated district in Uttar Pradesh, is situated 12 kms west of river Ganga.

State: Uttar Pradesh


G. Mathi Vathanan

G. Mathi Vathanan

The pandemic highlighted the need to safeguard sanitation workers from the social stigma and discrimination. Odisha government addressed these challenges through the GARIMA intervention backed by political will and support.

State: Odisha


Kirankumar More

Wai is a class C council and a small pilgrim city in the Satara district of Maharashtra. Situated along with the River Krishna, it is known as Dakshin Kashi and is well known for its ghats and temples.

State: Maharashtra

Kranthi Valluri

Kranthi Valluri

Supporting the sanitation workers and ensuring an efficient sanitation service delivery, Karimnagar Municipal Corporation is headed to achieve citywide inclusive sanitation

State: Telangana

Kusumlata

Kusumlata

Elected unanimously in the ward councillor elections, she took it upon herself to bring improvement in the long neglected urban poor settlements in her region.

State: Rajasthan


M. Abhishikth Kishore

M. Abhishikth Kishore

With the goal of becoming one of the top cities under Swachh Survekshan Ranking, optimal utilization of resources, mechanization of sanitation work, and scientific disposal of waste has been his priority.

State: Andhra Pradesh


M. Yazhini

Recognizing the importance of total sanitation as the key aspect to improving health standards in the state, her leadership ensured awareness trainings and safety gears for the sanitation workers in the city, especially during the pandemic.

State: Tamil Nadu

Pratibha Singh

Pratibha Singh

Championing the role of a woman officer in decision-making, her motivations to ensure safe sanitation for all are driven by the challenges faced by the women in Chunar.

State: Uttar Pradesh

Amuthavalli

S. Amuthavalli

Learning from state-wide wins and challenges, she has been driven to ensure safety and support for sanitation workers, most of who were migrant workers, especially in the pandemic.

State: Tamil Nadu

Samikshya Behera

Samikshya Behera

Supporting communities beyond her regular work, her key objectives are to ensure the livelihood schemes reach the farthest corners of the city so that the transgender communities can live and work with dignity.

State: Odisha


Sanjay Kedar

An FSSM-focused approach implemented through an effective public private partnership model has been key to Sinnar’s sanitation journey

State: Maharashtra

Subhankar Mohanty

Subhankar Mohanty

A firm believer of community-participation when it comes to solving on-ground issues, sanitation-led challenges of Sambalpur are guided stakeholders’ discussion to find solutions together.

State: Odisha

Suvendu Sahoo

Suvendu Sahoo

With inclusion at its core, the focus on planning, implementation and monitoring of all sanitation-led interventions in Bhubaneshwar has been driven by providing affordable services to women and vulnerable groups

State: Odisha

S.M. Malaiman Thirumudikari

Thiru S. M. Malaiaman Thirumudikari

With a vision to ensure safe sanitation & equitable service delivery in every part of Tamil Nadu, for all, the focus on Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) and ensuring frontline sanitation workers' safety have been prioritized.

State: Tamil Nadu

Thiru Kesavan

Thiru Kesavan

Providing community toilets and FSSM-services have been key to this town under his leadership, and communication activities have supported in driving awareness among the citizens

State: Tamil Nadu


V. Tirupathi

Safeguarding sanitation workers’ safety, especially in the pandemic, has been a priority for him, while envisioning technology as a key support to the waste management activities in the future.

State: Tamil Nadu



Technology shall not do us any good if behavioral change is not tackled.

Abhijit Bangar,

Municipal Commissioner, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra

As a starting point to equality, I ensured that affordable and accessible sanitation is provided to all in the society with a special focus on women and other marginalized communities living in urban poor settlements, in Bhubaneshwar

Suvendu Sahoo,

Deputy Commissioner (Sanitation), Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Odisha

My work also enables me to interact with the SHGs, monitor their activities and help them market their products.

Samikshya Behera,

City Mission Manager, Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporation, Odisha

Faecal Sludge Management in Karunguzhi has become a model for the rest of Tamil Nadu.

M Kesavan,

Executive Officer, Karunguzhi Town Panchayat, Tamil Nadu

Citizens used to find it very hard to get septic tank cleaning services that followed proper procedures. Our Municipality recognized this concern and decided to provide this service at reasonable prices.

M. Abhishikth Kishore,

IAS and Municipal Commissioner, Rajamahendravaram Municipal Corporation, Andhra Pradesh


National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management Alliance

The National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management Alliance is a collaborative body, convened in 2016 and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working with governments and decision-makers across the country at national, state and city levels to drive safe and sustainable urban sanitation in India.

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