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Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019: Union Government To Evaluate Status Of Sanitation In 17,000 Villages

Through the ‘Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019’, the central government aims to reach out to as many as three crore people to assess sanitation, waste management, pollution from plastic waste, and faecal sludge management

Union Government Launches Rural Sanitation Survey 2019 To Evaluate Status Of Swachh In 17000 Villages

New Delhi: Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Wednesday launched the ‘Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019′, which will be three times bigger in scale than the previous edition of the rural sanitation survey. Around 700 districts and over 17,000 villages will be covered under the survey that will be conducted across 34 states and union territories. In the first edition in 2018, the survey covered over 6,000 villages across the country.

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This year, the focus of the survey will be solid waste and plastic waste management, taking the previous year’s exercise centred on making villages open defecation free (ODF) a step ahead, Mr. Shekhawat said. He asserted,

As we head towards an open defecation free India, the journey does not end here. We need to sustain this momentum to ensure effective implementation of a number of ODF-Plus initiatives across the country.

The ODF-Plus programme has four verticals — biodegradable waste management, plastic waste management, greywater (household waste water) management and faecal sludge management, said Parmeswaran Iyer, secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

All 698 districts and 17,475 villages in 34 states and union territories will be covered under the survey, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation officials said. The field survey will be held over 45 days at over 87,000 public places, including panchayats, anganwadis, marketplaces, primary health centres, in 30 villages of every district, they said.

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Five public places in each village will be surveyed under the exercise which will conclude on September 30, they added. Mr. Shekhawat said,

It’s not just a survey but an opportunity to encourage behavioural change and take sanitation to the secondary level, beyond the concept of open defecation free villages.

The minister stressed on employing artificial intelligence to bring more people into the survey’s fold. He said the use of technology will ensure accuracy in the exercise. Union Minister Shekhawat also launched a mobile app through which people can give feedback about the survey. A third-party evaluation of the survey will be done by a private entity, ‘Ipsos Research’, selected through competitive bidding, the minister said.

The participating states and districts will be ranked using a weightage methodology based on service level progress and citizen feedback, 35 per cent each, and direct observation, 30 percent, the officials said. The government aims to use the survey to reach out to as many as 3 crore people, encouraging them to participate in the survey to create widespread awareness about improved levels of sanitation in the rural parts of the country, they said.

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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 pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollutionclean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.

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