Governments’s technology challenge to eliminate manual scavenging

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New Delhi: A technology challenge has been initiated by the government of India under the Urban Affairs Ministry, wherein practical solutions to avoid life-threatening and unsafe entry of humans into septic tanks and sewers to clear blockages have been identified.

According to a senior ministry officials, the best proposal will be selected after constituting submissions from a jury of technical experts, NGOs, companies, and individuals. Municipal bodies across the country will receive details of the best proposal. August 14 will be the last day of submission, and October 2 will mark the date of the announcement of winners at the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention. The ultimate goal of this challenge is specified by Rajeev Jain, an urban affairs ministry spokesperson.

Winners with Best Proposal to get a reward of Rs 1-5 lakhs 

The challenge was announced in response to PM Narendra Modi’s indication of the need to single out technologies that could help prevent humans intervening in the cleaning of septic tanks and sewers in India. Jain said that this is one issue that has been bothering the urban affairs ministry since a pretty long time. The ministry will evaluate the proposals based on environmental sustainability, Made in India initiative, ease of use, life of the machinery, operational effectiveness of the technology, and other elements in a set of broad criteria.

Winners will receive between INR 1 lakh and INR 5 lakhs as a token monetary reward. Moreover, adoption of the identified solutions will be recommended by the ministry to cities under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

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