UMC is providing technical support to enable convergence between the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihood Mission (DAY-NULM) and the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).While, NULM aims to reduce poverty and vulnerability of urban poor households by enabling them to access gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities, the Swachh Bharat Mission– Urban (SBM-U) aims to make India free of open defecation and eradicate the practice of manual scavenging.
Recent figures from the SBM-Urban website shows that almost 4 lakh individual toilets and 2.25 lakh community toilets have been constructed across the country. The AMRUT Mission supports creation of infrastructure for treatment of waste water. With the creation of infrastructure, there is a dire need for adequately skilled human resources to support the operations, management and maintenance.
The technical support unit supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation consists of specialized domain experts within the ministry to achieve this goal of convergence and also strengthen the existing mission management and architecture of DAY-NULM. The team will pilot such improvements in the state of Odisha.