Swachh Survekshan 2017: All you need to know

Swachh Survekshan 2017 has been launched by the Union Ministry of Urban Development to rank 500 Indian cities/towns with a population of one lakh and above, on the basis of cleanliness. Quality Council of India (QCI) will conduct a survey under the Swachh Bharat Mission, with an aim to stimulate competition among Indian cities/towns to improve their sanitation levels.

Key Features of Swachh Survekshan 2017:

1. Under Swachh Survekshan 2017, cities will be judged on cleanliness based on the data supplied by Municipal organisations, information gathered through independent assessment, direct observations and feedback of citizens.

2. Data shared by Municipal bodies will carry a total of 900 marks, information gathered through independent assessment and direct observations will carry 500 marks and feedback obtained from citizens will carry 600 marks.

3. Areas of evaluation under the Swachh Survekshan 2017 include open defecation free (ODF) town and integrated solid waste management (5%); door to door waste collection, sweeping and waste collection & transportation (40%); Municipal Solid Waste-processing and disposal (20%) and Individual toilet (15%), public and community toilet provision (15%), Information, education and behavior change communication (5%).

4. Swachhata App, and tool free Swachhta Helpline number 1969 have also been launched to engage the maximum number of citizens from urban areas with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

5. Citizens are allowed to share their feedback by either giving a missed call on tool free Helpline number 1969 or through a feedback form available on the Swachh Survekshan website https://gramener.com/swachhbharat/

Swachh Survekshan 2016 had ranked 73 cities on cleanliness, based on the survey conducted by the Quality Control of India across the nation. Mysore (Karnataka) was ranked as cleanest city of India, followed by Chandigarh, Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Naidu), New Delhi, Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Surat and Rajkot (Gujarat).

In Swachh Survekshan 2017, weightage of citizen feedback has been increased from 25% to 30%, weightage for independent observation remains 25 %. However, the weightage of the ULB (urban local bodies) response has been reduced from 50% to 45%.