Arunachal Pradesh: Junior Engineer gets top award at Swachhathon 1.0

Story highlights

  • Ram Prakash Tiwari, junior engineer of PHED, bags the top prize in the toilet technology category
  • State Government nominated Tiwari’s innovation
  • Tiwari donated cash award for the cause of Swachh Bharat Mission

A junior engineer of the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) of Arunachal Pradesh won the top prize in the Swachhathon-Swachh Bharat Hackathon contest organized by the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Swachhathon 1.0, the first ever Swachh Bharat Hackathon, was organized by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to crowd source solutions to some of the Sanitation and Hygiene challenges faced in various parts of the country. The Ministry invited innovators from schools and colleges, institutions, start-ups and others to come up with exciting, innovative, novel and viable solutions to challenges faced.

The toilet innovation idea of Ram Prakash Tiwari, junior engineer of the Yupia division of PHED was selected among 3,053 entries from across the country and professionals abroad in the category of ‘Toilet Technology in Difficult Terrain’, an official statement said here today.

The state government had nominated Tiwari’s innovation based on locally available materials, particularly mature bamboos wrapped in plastic for use in twin pit latrines as a suitable alternative to bricks.

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The winners of the Swachhathon were awarded by the Ministers of State, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, SS Ahluwalia and Ramesh Jigajinagi.

The first prize comprised of a plaque, certificate and cash prize of Rs 3 lakh.

The cost-effective and sustainable solution was built on a pilot basis by a beneficiary Tana Techi from Midpu in Lekha panchayat under the direct supervision and technical guidance of Tiwari and the team of Yupia PHE and WS Division.

The technology is to be adopted for achieving Open Defecation Free State by December 2017.

Tiwari, meanwhile, donated the cash award for the cause of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) in the state, said the statement.

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