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Two self-help groups bodies from Silk City chosen for swachhata award

BERHAMPUR: Two federations of girls self-help groups in Berhampur had been decided on for the celebrated Swachhata Excellence Award-2018-19 by means of the Union ministry of housing and concrete affairs.

These are Agarata City Level Federation (CLF) and Sapatha Area Level Federation (ALF) of Berhampur, both formed underneath the Urban Livelihood Mission (ULM).

They will be presented the awards in New Delhi on February 15, stated Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore.

According to resources, 28 ALFs and four CLFs from across the nation had been decided on for the celebrated award this year. Out of them one CLF (Berhampur) and two ALFs (Berhampur and Balasore) will be honoured for their involvement in more than a few cleanliness and sanitation initiatives in addition to ULM.

These two federations have been decided on after the ministry verified the details submitted by means of the BeMC in October final year. “We have submitted all related documents to the ministry in the course of the state govt to compete in the prestigious festival and after scrutiny, two federations of Berhampur bagged the awards,” he stated. The ministry has now not mentioned the cash awards in the invitation letters to the SHGs asking them to wait the award rite.

One CLF and 120 ALFs are functioning in BeMC house. One ALF accommodates 10 to 20 ladies SHGs, the CLF accommodates over 60 ALFs. The Agarata City Level Federation (CLF) has over 7,120 participants, stated nodal community organiser of BeMC Geetanjali Samantaray.

She stated the executive our bodies of CLF and ALFs meet continuously to chalk out plans to adopt cleanliness force, preventing open defection and training other folks in numerous livelihood progrmmes. The participants had been actively participating in many cleanliness initiatives while keeping up 40 community-based bathrooms in numerous spaces of the city, stated the commissioner.

Berhampur, was the primary corporation in the state to be declared ODF on October 2, 2018. “We are more than happy as our federation has been decided on for the award,”stated Swagatika Sahu, vice-chairperson of Agarata City Level Federation (CLF).

The award is a recognition of our labour, added Anita Majhi, secretary of the federation.

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