A set of recommendations that can empower gram panchayats to effectively deal with waste was launched by the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR). The step-by-step guide has asked the panchayats to ban the use of use-and-throw carry bags and promote reusable cloth bags. It called for penalties on households and shopkeepers who are found violating the local body norms.
The institute has prepared a model by-law for Gram Panchayats to customise. This explains all the rules that GPs must adopt so as to put in place a functional waste management system. It asked the panchayats to evolve a mechanism to recover dues for solid waste management service as part of House Tax.
“Repeated violations, and negligence must be viewed seriously,” it said.
The institute conducted a series of case studies across States in India in order to devise practical models of solid waste management (SWM) for the village level local bodies.