Report and Key Recommendations of Global Sanitation Summit & Awards ‘Sanitation for All-Toilet First’

Global Sanitation Summit & Awards ‘Sanitation for All-Toilet First’ held in Pune on Nov 27, 2015

  • Venue: Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA), Pune, India
  • Date: November, 27, 2015, Friday
  • Organizer: IndiaCSR Group (
  • NGO Partner: PM Shah Foundation, Pune
  • Key Sponsors: Magic Genie Services Ltd, A2Z Group, Wockhardt Foundation, Owens Corning India, Mane Group of Companies.
  • Event website:
  • Photographs: Fliker Photo Gallery 

Brief Report and Key Recommendations

Inaugural session

Global Sanitation Summit Toilet for All held in Pune on 27 Nov 2015Keynote address by Dr. RA Mashelkar, an eminent scientist and Chairman of Technology Expert Committee for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Govt. of India. Other speakers and guests: Rajendra Jagtap, IAS, Assistant Municipal Commissioner (General) of Pune Municipal Corporation; Amit Mittal, Managing Director of A2Z Group; Ramdas Mansing Mane, Chairman and Managing Director of Mane Group of Companies; Dr Rana Singh, Co-Founder and CEO of IndiaCSR Group; Adv. Chetan Gandhi, Director of PM Shah Foundation; Rusen Kumar, Founder and Managing Editor of IndiaCSR News Network.

Key Speakers:

  • Rajendra Jagtap, IAS, Assistant Municipal Commissioner (General) of Pune Municipal Corporation;
  • Amit Mittal, Managing Director of A2Z Group;
  • Ramdas Mansing Mane, Chairman and Managing Director of Mane Group of Companies;
  • Huzaifa Khorakiwala, CEO of Wochkardt Foundation;
  • Rusen Kumar, Founder and MD of IndiaCSR Group;
  • Dr Rana Singh, Co-Founder and CEO of IndiaCSR Group;
  • Chetan Gandhi, Director of PM Shah Foundation;
  • Prof K Munshi Innovator of Dry-San Hygienic Rural Toilet;
  • Gokul Venkatraman, Lead-New Business Development of Owens Corning India;
  • Anvar Sadath, CEO of Eram Scientific Solutions Pvt Ltd;
  • Vivek Sabnis, Director-Rural Sanitation programme of Arghyam;
  • Santosh Goenka, Executive Director of Business India and Founder of Better India Foundation;
  • Shyama V. Ramani, Professorial Fellow, United Nations University-MERIT, Maastricht (Netherlands);
  • R Radhesh, Director of Glo Life Care Equipments;
  • Aditya Borkar, CEO of Borkar Polymers;
  • Dr Sanjay Kumar Singh, Associate Professor & Head, Department of Humanities at OPJIT, Raigarh;
  • Shiva Balivad, Expert in nano technology;
  • Shantanu Vaichal, CEO of Saral Precast Solutions;
  • S Dhar, Managing Director of DG Infrastructure Pvt Ltd;
  • Rajeev Kher, Founder and CEO of Saraplast Pvt Ltd;
  • Swapnil Chaturvedi, Chief Toilet Cleaner at Samagra, Pune;
  • Rekha Kuruvilla, State Representative of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India;
  • Rushva Parihar, Research Associate at United Nation University-MERIT Naastricht (Netherlands);
  • Dayanand Awasthi, General Manager, IndiaCSR Group;
  • KP Moidu Kutty, Innovator of Non-Mixing Toilet;
  • Rudri Dave of Rudri Dave Ecommerce Inc and
  • Sayali Patvardhan, Co-ordinator, Swachh Pune Seva Sahkari Sanstha Maryadit.

Swachh Bharat Samman

The forum also recognised and honoured individuals, organizations and innovators for their significant ongoing contributions in sanitation. Following organizations and individuals were honoured with Swachh Bharat Samman at the forum are: 

  • Magic Genie Services Ltd Awarded for innovating EcoTech Smart Green Toilet
  • Wockhardt Foundation Awarded for building more than 1000 toilets across the country
  • Owens Corning India Awarded for innovating modular composite XPS sandwich panel based toilet module
  • Eram Scientific Solutions Awarded for innovative sustainable e-toilet technology and installing more 1300 e-toilets
  • V Ramchandran, CEO President, Glo Life Care Equipments Pvt Ltd awarded for Sanitary Napkin Wending Machine and Sanitary Napkin Destroyer
  • Ramdas S Mane, Chairman and Managing Director, Mane Group of Companies Awarded for innovating RCC Affordable Toilet Technology
  • Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India Foundation Awarded for creating an enabling environment for improved sanitation infrastructure through Right to Sanitation campaign.

Exhibition on Innovative Toilet technology 

Forum witnessed an exhibition on latest and innovative toilet and sanitation products and technology developed by scientists and innovators having unique features including sustainable, less water consuming, low cost, easy installable, easily moveable and nature friendly. These innovations address the country’s challenges on sanitation and building toilets for all. Owens Corning India exhibited its modular composite XPS sandwich panel based toilet module. DG Infrastructure Pvt Ltd showcased its low cast affordable toilet technology. Saral Precast Solutions displayed its Saral Precast Toilet. Glo Life Care Equipments Pvt Ltd displayed Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine and Sanitary Napkin Destroyer. Borkar Polymers showed Boro Plast Toilet Design. Amol Thermozell Light Weight Concrete (Mane Group) displayed its RCC Affordable Toilet Technology and EnviroTechnology exhibited prefabricated affordable toilet.

Key Recommendations

After the whole day discussion some recommendations came from speakers and participants which are follows:

  • Toilet should be made at most affordable cost.
  • Sanitation technology should be able to provide low cost, durable, sustainable and easily transferable and deployable toilets.
  • Message of Safe Drinking water, Sanitation and toilet facilities as fundamental rights of citizens should be communicated to everyone.
  • Knowledge sharing forum creators/organizers which address sanitation and toilet issuesshould be supported / promoted by Central and State Governments.
  • Waterless or less water consuming toilet technology should be encouraged while construction of toilets in different parts of India.
  • Tax relaxation for the innovators in the domain of sanitation as recent tax burden is major hurdle to make sanitation and toilet technology make affordable and low cost.
  • Research and development to facilitate smooth transition from less water to water less toilets at lowest cost possible.
  • Creation of Consortium of Indian Sanitation Services and Sanitation Entrepreneurs.
  • Incentivising technology enabled Sanitation Services provider/s.
  • Conventional toilet should be replaced with technology enabled designs.
  • Pan India campaign required for behavioural change of citizens by adopting strategy to encourage ‘using’ toilet.
  • Research on various aspect of ‘using’ toilets should be analysed with the help of research and survey.
  • Innovation fund must be made/formed to encourage advancement of affordable technology in toilet and sanitation.
  • Strategic planning to be done for overcoming the Challenge of open defecation.
  • Cultural change by training with the help of social researchers/social engineers.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund should be utilized in effective manner for construction sustainable toilet with community partnership.
  • Technology enabled management of Solid Waste under PPP Model using Mobile Apps with dedicated verified service agents to manage solid waste on a daily basis.
  • Technology enable e-toilets under innovative collaborative modelling like allowing the builder company to put commercial advertisements.
  • MPLADS scheme to be allocated to toilet building process for rural areas.
  • Mandatory allocation of a minimum of 50 percent funds of MPLADS Scheme to build toilets for the community and individuals coming from the poor class of society.
  • “Zero Documentation” for constructing toilets for poor and illiterate class of society.
  • Only due diligence required for poor citizens of villages should be production of any KYC document or resident proof.
  • Toilet construction amount to be given as advance and not as reimbursement.
  • Simplification of documentation of money for sanitation.
  • Sanitation syllabus should be seriously discussed in classroom in school level. (Incorporation of Sanitation in curriculum from primary level to Higherlevel by CBSE, ICSE or other boards).
  • Promotion of Street play, documentary and movie multimedia for sanitation and toilet related behaviour and cultural change messages.
  • Through various change communication, Community should be empowered so that they can generate demand for building toilets.
  • Community led total sanitation program will play important role in Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • Toilet construction target should be realistic so that good quality work can be delivered.
  • Technology should not be imposed rather sanitation technology should match the local ethics and sentiments.
  • There should be social auditing of the projects on sanitation under all the schemes like govt. funding or CSR or charitable societies.
  • From planning to implementation, there should be involvement of the local people. This will help in the future maintenance of the project.
  • As there are heads like feasibility, planning and implementation there should be sustainability also. If the project is not properly maintained, the whole project collapses rather than doing any good to the local people.
  • Can certify few institution or experts to supervise and certify the sanitation projects.
  • Real work shall start only after the toilet is provided to the masses.
  • Use the appropriate disposal method of human waste which should not contaminate the groundwater and soil quality.
  • Community toilet should be encouraged in Slums where majority of people live in minimum area.
  • Creation of Global Think-tank of NRIs having passion to contribute to the Sanitation domain.
  • Creation of Multi Media Content to be delivered through television, radio, schools and colleges to enhance sensitization of masses.
  • Use of Social Media to enhance the reach of Sanitation related communications to one and all.
  • Evolving new financial models to invite mutually rewarding business models for the corporate to create more and more models in different parts of India.
  • Maximum Timelines for different process of Toilet Construction should be defines and widely advertised to the people.
  • A national level mobile number/website/toll free number should be advertised by government on the lines of “give it up” for “give up open defecation”: The citizens are just required to give a missed call from their mobile to get a toilet constructed for them in the rural and semi urban area. This database of callers to shared with MLA, MP, DM and other stakeholders to submit a Time bound action taken report on the status of construction of Toilets.
  • Creation of National Website and involving community driven user generated content to train and sensitize the technology enabled community members.
  • Creation of Free Sanitation App by the government which should not charge any data for download by the Internet Service Providers.
  • 1% rebate in rate of interest rate of loans applied by people having toilet in their house.
  • 10% rebate in land revenue to be paid by the villagers having land and having own toilets for use.
  • Publication of Roster list of houses with toilets like publishing of Voters’ List.
  • Enhanced allocation of funds by the government for Sanitation Projects.
  • National Level Awards for various Individuals working in Sanitation Domain

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