Nirmal Gram Puraskar awarded to Potka panchayat

Potka panchayat, a gram panchayat supported by the Community Services Division of Tata Motors, Jamshedpur has been honoured with the Nirmal Gram Puraskar from the President of India. Potka Panchayat, consisting of nine villages, achieved 100 per cent sanitation coverage in the villages under its purview. Gram Vikas Kendra, a wing of the Community Services Division at Jamshedpur, was selected as a partner of UNICEF to provide drinking water and sanitation accessibility in 246 villages of Potka and Jamshedpur blocks of East Singhbhum District. As part of the programme, over 6000 low cost toilets were installed in Gram Vikas Kendra's operational area, and accessibility of safe drinking water improved from 56% to 90%. More than 200 Village Water & Sanitation Committees were formed and two local entrepreneurs were developed to meet the demand of low cost toilet units in the area.