Centre for Social Action (CSA), hosted National Convention on “Sharing of Best Practices among NGOs/Institutes & Discuss on common issues & Challenges in Waste Management Practices” on 29th April 2014. A total number of 75 participants all across the country participated in the program. It was organised at Syndicate Hall, Auditorium Block, Christ University. The objectives of the convention are:
· To share and learn best practices in waste management
· To identify common issues and challenges in waste management and deliberate how to address
To create an interactive platform of various stakeholders to collectively address issues and challenges in waste management.
The program started with a brief inaugural function. Dr. Godfred Victor Singh, Director of Programs, CSA extended hearty welcome to the participants. Mr. Ranjit Ambastha, Program Director of Global Communities shared concept note. Mrs. Almitra H. Patel, Member of Supreme Court Committee for Solid Waste Management delivered the key note address.
As sharing of practises in waste management was one of the important objectives of the one-day convention, Mr. Ranjit Kumar Singh, Program Manager of CSA presented the best practices promoted through “Trash to Treasure” project. Dr. Francin Pinto, 3 S Envo P8 Ltd, Mumbai, presented her perspective on “Resources Recovery Facilities”. Mr. S. A. Khadar Saheb, Clean City Foundation, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh also shared the success story of Garbage free, Bin Free & Dump Free. Mr. C. Srinivasan, Coimbatore advocated for Solid & Liquid resource management (SLRM). Ms. Neetu Peter, Program Head of SAAHAS, Bangalore, presented some models promoted through Kasa Rasa 1 and 2. Mr. Akshay Yadav, Director of Operations, Hasirudala also approached the subject by integration of waste pickers in total waste management and dry waste collection centres. After each presentation the flow was open to question from the audience.
Panel discussion on “Effectiveness of Policy and Technological Adequacy in Addressing Waste Management Crisis in India” was one of the important agenda point. Eminent speakers such as Dr. Francin Pinto, Mr. S. A. Khadar Saheb, Mr. C. Srinivasan, Ms. Sandya Narayanan and N. S. Ramakanth were the panellists to deliberate on the subject. The panel discussion was moderated by Sampath Kumar who is an expert in the waste management field. Indeed it was an enriching and unique experience of learning from one another. Every participant appreciated the effort for CSA and Christ University and expressed willing to collaborate in promoting safe, systematic and scientific management of waste resources. The program came to an end with vote of thanks proposed by Prof. Johny Joseph who emphasised the need of collaborative effort to promote systematic and sustainable management of waste resources.
Ranjit Kumar Singh
Centre for Social Action