Annual ‘Swachh Survekshan Awards’ 2023 Announced

In the annual ‘Swachh Survekshan Awards 2023,’ Indore, epitomizing immaculateness, has clinched the title of India’s cleanest city for an impressive seventh consecutive year. The city stands as a testament to unparalleled cleanliness.

Indore’s Unrivaled Cleanliness Streak

In an impressive display of cleanliness, Indore secures the coveted title of India’s Cleanest City for the 7th Consecutive Year.

Maharashtra Leads in Best-Performing States

The state of Maharashtra claims the top spot in the ‘best-performing states’ category, outshining Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2023.

Distinguished Recognition by President Droupadi Murmu

President Droupadi Murmu honors the winners at a prestigious event in New Delhi, attended by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and other dignitaries.

Sasvad Shines among Cities with Less Than 1 Lakh Population

Maharashtra’s Sasvad receives recognition as the cleanest city among those with a population of less than 1 lakh, showcasing the state’s commitment to cleanliness.

Varanasi Bags Ganges Towns’ Cleanliness Award

Varanasi emerges as the best and cleanest Ganga town, closely followed by Prayagraj, exemplifying a commitment to cleanliness along the sacred river.

Mhow Cantonment Board Leads in Cleanliness

Mhow Cantonment Board in Madhya Pradesh secures the top rank in the category of the cleanest cantonment boards, underscoring the importance of cleanliness in various regions.

Global Recognition for Swachh Survekshan 2023

With the participation of 4,447 urban local bodies and a significant 12-core citizen responses, the Swachh Survekshan 2023 is declared the world’s largest cleanliness survey, reflecting a global commitment to hygiene and civic responsibility.

What is the Swachh Survekshan?

Swachh Survekshan stands as the world’s most extensive survey on urban cleanliness and sanitation. It serves as a competitive platform, motivating cities to enhance civic sanitation and involve citizens on a large scale. Conducted by MoHUA (Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs) in partnership with the Quality Council of India (QCI), this survey aligns with the Swachh Bharat Mission, initiated by the Indian government on October 2, 2014.

Focus of the Mission

The survey focuses on the 3Rs principle—Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse. In the Swachh Survekshan 2023, the evaluation process has evolved to four phases, with additional emphasis on waste source segregation, increased waste processing capacity, and reduced waste at dumpsites.

Significant weightage is accorded to indicators promoting phased plastic reduction, waste transformation into parks, zero waste events, and efficient plastic waste processing. The assessment also considers issues like ‘open spitting’ (Red Spots) and ‘open urination’ (Yellow Spots) in cities.

Insight into the Swachh Survekshan Report

Initiated in 2016 as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, the survey aimed to make India clean and open-defecation-free by October 2, 2019. Over the years, Swachh Survekshan has become a catalyst for urban transformation, fostering healthy competition among towns and cities to enhance service delivery and cleanliness.

The survey’s objectives are clear: encourage citizen participation, raise awareness about sanitation, and inspire collective efforts for better living conditions in towns and cities. Swachh Survekshan has successfully mobilized people, resources, and authorities, promoting sustainable practices across India.

Swachh Survekshan’s Simple Objectives

The primary goal is to stimulate citizen participation and create awareness about the significance of sanitation. The survey aims to instill healthy competition among towns and cities, encouraging improved service delivery, cleaner environments, and overall better living conditions.

Evaluating Parameters of Swachh Survekshan

Cities are assessed based on three key parameters: service level progress, citizen’s voice, and certification. Six specific aspects are scrutinized:

  • Information, education, and communication, along with behavior change.
  • Capacity building and e-learning initiatives.
  • Provision of public and community toilets.
  • Open defecation-free initiatives and toilet availability.
  • Municipal solid waste management, including sweeping, collection, and transportation.
  • Processing and disposal of municipal solid waste.

In essence, Swachh Survekshan serves as a driving force for positive change, promoting cleanliness, and fostering healthy competition for the betterment of cities and towns.

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