Govt launches  cleanliness survey  Swachh Survekshan 2019

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs MinisterHardeep Singh Puri launched the Swachh Survekshan 2019  the fourth edition of the annual nationwide cleanliness survey of urban India in New Delhi. The Swachh Survekshan 2019 aims to evaluate the achievements in the cleanliness level in urban areas of the country. It will encourage large-scale citizen participation, ensure sustainability of initiatives taken towards garbage free and open defecation free cities, and will provide credible outcomes. The  Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Mission, India’s largest cleanliness drive, to achieve an Open-Defecation Free (ODF) India by October 2, 2019, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. The campaign aims to clean up the streets, roads, and infrastructure of India’s cities, smaller towns, and rural areas. The key objectives of Swachh Bharat include eliminating open defecation through the construction of household-owned and community-owned toilets and establishing an accountable mechanism for monitoring toilet use. For the same, the government envisaged constructing 12 million toilets in rural India at a projected cost of Rs 1.96 lakh crore.

Key Highlights 

  • The survey will cover 40 crore people across over four thousand towns and cities.
  • Expected to be larger than the previous cleanliness surveys, Swachh Survekshan 2019, completely digital and paperless survey, will be completed in a record time of 28 days.
  • For the first time ever, the inspection will be conducted without giving any prior information to the concerned official for real-time check and survey will be based on people’s feedback.
  • It will be conducted by an independent third party.