Swachh Survekshan Awards, 2021

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    • The President of India recently felicitated the awardees of the cleanest cities of India at the ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’ hosted as part of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

    About Swachh Survekshan Awards 2021

    • The award ceremony, organized to recognize the good work done for Swachhata by towns/ cities, States and Union Territories under various initiatives of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).
    • The awards have a wide range of categories that segregate cities based on their population. 
    • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs surveyed 4,320 cities for nearly a month and solicited feedback from 4.2 crore people. 
    • Findigs: 
    • India’s cleanest city: Indore in Madhya Pradesh, for the 5th consecutive time followed by Surat in Gujarat and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.
    • Cleanest State: Chhattisgarh for the third time, in the category of ‘States with more than 100 urban local bodies. 
    • Cleanest ‘Ganga city’: Varanasi. 

    Image Courtsey: HT

    Swachh Survekshan

    • It is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India. 
    • It was launched as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
    • It has been conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs since 2016.
    • The metrics (cities) were garbage disposal, open defecation-free ratings, functionality and maintenance of community toilets and safe management of faecal sludge. 
    • Objectives: 
      • To encourage large scale citizen participation, ensure the sustainability of initiatives taken towards garbage-free and open defecation free cities
      • To create awareness amongst all sections of society.

    Source: PIB