By Dikhya Mohanty
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri launched the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021‘ – the sixth edition of the annual cleanliness survey. This year the exercise will focus on wastewater treatment and other parameters.
Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Puri stated that every year, the ‘Swachh Survekshan’ is redesigned innovatively to assure the process becomes sturdier with a focus on maintaining the behaviour change.
They also declared a new category of awards titled ‘Prerak Daaur Samman’ as part of ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’. The Prerak Daaur Samman has five additional subcategories –Divya (Platinum), Anupam (Gold), Ujjwal (Silver), Udit (Bronze), Aarohi (Aspiring) – with top three cities being recognized in each.
According to the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, under the survey, the state ranking will also be stated which will be estimated based on their fund’s utilization and support to respective local bodies, among others.
The Minister further stated that unlike last year, keeping in mind the ministry’s efforts towards securing the sustainability of the sanitation value chain, the SS 2021 indicators focus on parameters on wastewater treatment and reuse along with faecal sludge.
The survey will categorize cities based on six indicator–wise performance criteria — segregation of waste into wet, dry and hazard categories; processing capacity against wet waste generated; processing and recycling of wet and dry waste; construction & demolition (C&D) waste processing; the percentage of waste going to landfills; and sanitation status of cities.
The ”Swachh Survekshan 2020” had seen fantastic assistance of 1.87 crore citizens. The 2018 cleanliness survey, which became the world’s largest cleanliness survey, had ranked 4,203 cities. The ‘‘Swachh Survekshan 2019” which not only covered 4,237 cities but was also the first-of-its-kind completely digital survey completed in a record time of 28 days.