Govt launches Swachh Survekshan Grameen-2019
Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on August 14 launched the Swachh Survekshan Grameen-2019. The survey will be three times bigger in scale than the previous edition. Around 700 districts and 17,475 villages will be covered under the survey to be conducted in 34 states and union territories.
In 2018, around 6,000 villages were covered under it. The minister also launched an app through which people can give feedback on the survey.
The field survey, to rank states and districts based on sanitation level, will be held for 45 days at over 87,000 public places. Five public places in each village will be surveyed under the exercise that will conclude on September 30, 2019.
Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018: Ghaziabad Awarded Fastest Moving Big City
Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad emerged as the fastest moving big city for its Clean India initiatives in the Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018. The city secured 11th position in the rankings, becoming the cleanest district in Uttar Pradesh.
Around 6,788 villages across the country were surveyed for the rankings, out of which seven were in Ghaziabad. The district scored 94.3 out of 100 for the initiatives taken by the administration to make the city open-defecation free (ODF). Other initiatives include door-to-door garbage collection with the help of e-rickshaws, cleanliness drives in schools, colleges, plantation drives, garbage bin distribution and construction of 22,000 toilets in different parts of the district.
It was in May 2018 that the city ranked 36th in the housing ministry’s Cleanliness Survey 2018, up 315 positions from its 2017 ranking of 351.
In 2018, Haryana emerged as the best state with over three districts – Gurgaon, Karnal and Rewari – listed among top six districts across the country. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh was awarded for maximum citizen participation and Satara district in Maharashtra was awarded the best district.