In a clarion call for assessment of cleanliness, Swachh Survekshan 2021 is being conducted in over 4,000 cities pan India through March.
A nationwide cleanliness mission organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Swachh Survekshan is a survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India. The winner grabs the title of the ‘Cleanest City of India’.
The first survey was undertaken in 2016 and covered 73 cities, in which, Mysuru, Karnataka emerged as the maiden winner. Then in 2017, the tag of India’s cleanest city was held by Indore.
In 2020, 4,242 cities, 62 Cantonment Boards and 92 Ganga towns were in the fray for what can be called as the largest cleanliness survey in the world.
Meanwhile, in poll-bound Assam, this competition can prove to be an end moment test for the ruling party and the collective efforts of the urban local bodies (ULBs), the state government, and the citizens.
Guwahati Municipal Corporation has been campaigning and holding competitions for weeks now to usher in the need for cleanliness and hygiene. It has also roped in prominent local personalities and influencers to further its cause.
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In the Swachh Survekshan 2021 edition, five new performance categories have been introduced to push the competition further – Platinum (Divya), Gold (Anupam), Silver (Ujjwal), Bronze (Udit) and Copper (Aarohi). These are called ‘Prerak DAUUR Sammman’.
Under this ranking, cities and ULBs will be assessed based on Segregation of Waste (Wet, Dry & Hazardous), Processing Capacity against wet waste generated, Processing of Wet Waste, Processing and Recycling Dry Waste, Construction & Demolition Waste Processing, Percentage of waste going to the landfill as well as the Current Sanitation Status.
Cities will be ranked out of the total of 6,000 marks, of which citizens’ voice accounts for 1,800 marks (30 per cent), service level progress accounts for 2,400 marks (40 per cent) and certifications account for 1,800 marks (30 per cent).