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How waste management play an important role in villages of A&N Islands under SBM-G

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     The concept of sanitation and waste management is now one of the basic determinants of the Human Development Index. Over the past several years, it has grown in understanding and perception across the country. Before implementing Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G), open defecation and people did not consider sanitation a matter of concern in the villages of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Now, villagers are showing interest through community participation in addressing the issues to improve their quality of life.
Beodnabad is a village in Prothrapur Block of South Andaman of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, which was once infamous for open dumping and indoor-outdoor air pollution due to plastic burning at their surroundings, now they treat all the wastes scientifically by proper waste management and making ODF village.
Here's what the village is doing:
    Can you imagine a place with no plastic in the form of litter, a village that doesn't have a landfill of waste, a village that generates revenue from waste segregation? One might think it is impossible, but this has become a reality in a village named 'Beodnabad' in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, where villagers practice waste management and segregation. The dry waste is collected door to door daily by the Panchayat workers and transported to mainland for recycling. Villagers have also constructed compost and soak pits in their lands for individual use.
      To create awareness and interest in sanitation issues among the community and assist them in utilizing the options provided under various sanitation programs, the GoI also introduced the concept of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) under SBM-G for knowledge dissemination. For ODF village and better waste management, Gram Panchayat Beodnabaad conducted several awareness programmes, training and capacity building for Better Rural Sanitation by Panchayat officials, Asha and Anganwadi workers. IEC activities in Andaman & Nicobar Islands played an important role even during the pandemic (COVID-19) for overall rural sanitation and have been a core component of SBM.