Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD),
Government of India to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country’s 4,041 cities and towns.
To recognize the progress of the initiative the Government has instituted the Swachh Survekshan Awards
which ranks participating cities on key parameters every year. The results of the “Swachh Survekshan 2017”
was released on 4th May, 2017, where 500 cities of India are ranked on the parameters of waste collection,
sweeping and transportation; municipal solid waste processing and disposal; open defecation status; information,
education and behaviour change and; capacity building.
One of the interesting facets of the awards is active citizen participation in selecting the cleanest cities,
as the as the citizen feedback has 30% weightage, besides collection of performance data through direct observations and independent assessment.
It is high time that cities who scored low this year buckle up and work towards getting better next year. It will be the responsibility of not only the local Municipal Corporations of that City or State but also the State Government ruling in present, to make sure that they do their Best to remove this not so good Tag* that they got this year.
All in all it’s a very good initative and we hope that the numbers keep on improving every year.