“A kind of social reversal” were the words used by this brilliant innovator to describe the change brought in by Shubrata. Shubrata is a unique initiative for social transformation that can be dated to a time before policies such as Atal Nirmal Gram Yojana or Swachh Bharat Mission. Started in 2002, Shubrata was a mission that undertook the task of building more than one lakh toilet-cum-baths for the poorer sections of society in Andhra Pradesh’s Nizamabad district. The architect of this life changing initiative, Shri. Asok Kumar G IAS currently serves as the Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Water Mission and Executive Director (Projects), National Mission for Clean Ganga. An alumnus of the 1986 Telecommunications batch of the College of Engineering, Trivandrum, his local initiative is an ideal example of innovation in governance.
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