The Swachh Survekshan Awards 2019 were conferred by the President of India Ramnath Kovind at a function held in New Delhi today. The central government’s cleanliness survey Declared Indore as India’s cleanest city for the third straight year.
The cleanliness awards are an initiative of ‘Swachh Bharat Scheme’ by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.
‘Swachh Survekshan’ is the world’s largest survey of its way. Through this survey, through the involvement of 64 lakh citizens, useful information has been collected regarding sanitation efforts for the urban population of about 40 million.
“India has made remarkable progress towards achieving the goals of rural and urban sanitation. Today, a city or village is identified by its emphasis on cleanliness. This is an important change. By winning the first prize in all the four surveys so far, Indore has set an example for other urban centres”, expressed President Kovind while congratulating Indore on the occasion.
The President also urged educational institutions to include cleanliness in their curriculum and spread awareness about the importance of sanitation.
“Cleanliness should be integral to the behaviour of every citizen to make it effective and sustainable. Many people pay attention to personal hygiene but remain apathetic to public and community cleanliness. Change in this mentality is important for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat”, he further added.
Along with Indore’s hat-trick, another state in Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal also bagged the award for ‘Cleanest Capital’ for the third time. Although Madhya Pradesh bagged awards for its cities, according to the survey, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand & Maharashtra emerged as India’s Top 3 Best Performing States respectively.
Other awardees included New Delhi Municipal Council area (Cleanest Small City), Ahmedabad (cleanest big city), Ujjain (Cleanest Medium City), while Uttarakhand’s Gauchar was named the ‘Best Ganga Town’ and Delhi Cantonment as ‘Cleanest Cantonment’ in the central government survey.
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