Rural Sanitation Programme (RSP):
Sanitation remains one of the biggest development challenges and is appropriately one of the millennium development goals. In keeping with the principles of sector reforms and the philosophy of community participation and demand-responsive strategies, it is critical to mobilize communities to seek solutions and to plan and implement sanitation schemes by creating awareness and motivating behaviour change.
The main objective and implementation plan, of the RSP and Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), is to construct simple, cost effective, practical sanitation models for rural community; and to increase understanding of safe drinking water, personal hygiene and sanitation.
Communities are motivated to change behaviour patterns, such that they seek to introduce sanitation facilities that ultimately lead to improved health and self-esteem. It is not simply the lack of facilities that keeps people away from proper sanitation practices. Lack of awareness of proper hygiene behaviour and socio-cultural factors are also responsible for unsatisfactory sanitation practices.
Established as a Centre of Excellence of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India.