A new mobile app will soon be put to use to help the West Bengal government monitor sanitation initiatives in schools across districts. The app will help in coordinating activities between the district magistrate, school authorities and the state government.
S. N. Dave, WASH specialist, UNICEF, said, "In Malda district all school inspectors and teachers will be equipped with the mobile app from next month. They will be monitoring whether toilets are functional, whether they are being used, hand washing is being done or not and other activities related to sanitation via the app. The information will be fed to a server and will be available on a real-time basis. The information from grassroot will be conveyed to the state."
‘In Malda district of West Bengal all school inspectors and teachers will be monitoring whether toilets are functional, whether they are being used, hand washing is being done or not and other activities related to sanitation via the mobile app.’
The official said, "Developed by the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, the app-based campaign is being spearheaded by UNICEF in collaboration with the Bengal government in the state. It was launched in Andhra Pradesh and next launch is in Bengal. Later on, it will go to other states. It's a state initiative. A budget of Rs. 20-22 lakh has been earmarked for Malda district to introduce the service."
Dave was speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the state protocol for declaration, verification and certification of villages/gram panchayats/blocks and districts as open defecation free.