New Delhi: After achieving the first rank last year, Jharkhand was declared as the second best-performing state at the Swachh Survekshan 2019, as Chhattisgarh climbed up on the top. However, Jharkhand’s cities’ performances were recognised in various categories including solid waste management and innovation and best practices. The state also has the two out of the top three cleanest Ganga towns in the pan India cleanliness survey.
— Swachh Bharat Urban (@SwachhBharatGov) March 6, 2019
Although the state was declared Open Defecation Free back on October 2, 2017, this year, the state is paying utmost attention to waste management, Ameet Kumar, Mission Director – SBM Urban, Jharkhand told NDTV. Mr. Kumar said,
Out of the 42 local bodies in Jharkhand, all of them are certified as ODF, 30 are ODF plus and Jamshedpur is ODF Plus Plus. Also, all the 42 local bodies practice waste segregation at source. This year, we have constructed numerous community as well as Pink toilets with menstrual hygiene facilities to sustain the ODF tags. On the other hand, upon realising the consequences of unmanaged waste, Jharkhand is trying hard to achieve 100 per cent waste management.
Mr. Kumar explained that the state has installed numerous Solid Waste Management (SWM) plants and is focusing on engaging the traditional rag pickers and sanitation workers with these plants, to train them on how to recycle the dry waste.
On the other hand, when it comes to the wet waste, Mr. Kumar told NDTV that Jharkhand has adopted a decentralised mode of waste processing, and has installed composting units in the vegetable markets and other such identified areas where wet waste may be generated on a regular basis.
We have also identified the commercial and residential areas that generate more than 100 kilograms of waste per day and have persuaded them to install composting kits in their community, throughout the state.
Talking about the achievements by Jharkhand and its cities, Mr. Kumar said that Jamshedpur is the best performing city in the state which managed to score the 15th rank in the list of best performing cities and has also attained an ODF Plus Plus status.
In the newly introduced category of the best performing Ganga towns, Jharkhand has two contenders in this category ranked at number two and three Rajmahal and Sahibgani respectively.
Ranchi was awarded as the best capital city in citizen’s feedback, Phusro NP is announced as the best city in solid waste management (East zone) and Gumla won the title of best city in innovation and best practices (East zone).
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das took to twitter to congratulate and thank the 23 crore citizens of the state on these achievements.
स्वच्छता के क्षेत्र में झारखण्ड को बेस्ट परफॉर्मिंग स्टेट श्रेणी में द्वितीय पुरस्कार मिला है। झारखण्ड की सवा तीन करोड़ जनता को बधाई। आपके प्रयासों से ही झारखण्ड ने स्वच्छता के क्षेत्र में नया कीर्तिमान रचा है।#SwachhSurvekshan2019#NewJharkhand pic.twitter.com/iBoKbJqEiG
— Raghubar Das (@dasraghubar) March 6, 2019
Translated: Jharkhand has received the second prize in the best-performing state category in the field of hygiene. Congratulations to the twenty-three crore people of Jharkhand. With your efforts, Jharkhand has created a new record in the field of hygiene. #SwachhSurvekshan2019 #NewJharkhand
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollution, clean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.