President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday will honour as many as 342 cities which have been conferred some star ranking for being clear and garbage-free in ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’. The occasion to felicitate the cities, ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’ is being organised by the Union ministry of housing and concrete affairs (MOHUA) and would happen at Vigyan Bhawan within the nationwide capital, the ministry mentioned.
Further, the occasion may even pay tribute to sanitation employees by recognising high performing cities beneath the ‘Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge’, an initiative earlier launched by the ministry to advertise mechanised cleansing of sewers and septic tanks and stopping ‘hazardous cleaning’ wherein an individual enters them.
“From surveying 73 major cities in 2016, 4,320 cities have participated in 2021, the 6th edition of Swachh Survekshan which has become the world’s largest urban cleanliness survey,” the ministry mentioned. “The success of this year’s survey can be gauged through the unprecedented number of citizen feedback received this year – over 5 crores, a marked increase from last year’s 1.87 crores. The 2021 edition was conducted in record time of 28 days despite several on-ground challenges owing to the COVID pandemic,” it added.
Highlighting the enhancements within the efficiency of a number of states and Union territories, the ministry mentioned that six states and 6 UTs have proven an total enchancment, ranging between 5% and 25%, of their total floor stage enchancment.
The ministry additionally mentioned that supply segregation of rubbish has been began at over 1,100 further cities. Also, near 1,800 city native our bodies have began extending welfare advantages to sanitation employees. Meanwhile, with 1,500 extra cities which have notified the ban on use, sale and storage of non-biodegradable plastic luggage, to date 3,000 metropolis administrations have carried out it, the ministry mentioned. “All North East states have shown significant improvement in their citizens’ feedback – yet another testimony to how the Missions is reaching out to every citizen, including in far flung areas,” it added.
The cities are normally rated utilizing a star system and this 12 months, 342 cities, a rise from 56 in 2018, can be given certificates beneath some star ranking. This contains 9 five-star cities, 166 three-star cities, 167 one-star cities.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Union minister of housing and concrete affairs, minister of state Kaushal Kishore, chief ministers and concrete growth ministers, 1,200 visitors comprising diplomats, state and metropolis directors and senior officers, sector companions and model ambassadors, NGOs and CSOs are scheduled to attend the occasion.
In 2020, Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh, Rajkot and Surat in Gujarat, Mysore in Karnataka, Indore in Madhya Pradesh and Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra got five-star rankings.