Deepak Kumar

Placed at:   Nawada, Bihar

Education: Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development, Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi

Prior work experience:

  • Worked for two years at Development Support Agency of Gujarat (D-SAG) promoted by Tribal Development Department, Government of Gujarat as Project Consultant. The specific work assignments include Planning, leveraging funds and implementation of Agriculture Diversification Project and Skill development projects in Tribal districts of Gujarat before joining PMRDF.
    Key work during fellowship

Issue:

  • Toilet construction was a major hurdle for construction of toilets to poor. Though MGNREGA had provision for construction of toilets through convergence with NBA, toilets were not getting constructed.

What was done:

  •  Conducting various levels of trainings and meeting among stakeholders for construction of toilets through convergence.
    Training of implementing agencies i.e. Gram Panchayat and PHED officials and staffs.
    Construction of Model double pit toilets for providing training to Masons in each Block headquarter.
    Simplification of fund release process under MGNREGA and NBA to encourage Beneficiaries for construction of toilets.
    IEC activities for promoting behavioral change to use toilet by house members

Impact:

  • Over 13,000 toilets have been constructed through convergence of MGNREGA and NBA in the District during FY 2014-15. (Highest in Bihar State)