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Jammu slips to 350th rank in Cleanliness Survey

Swachh Survekshan is also known as the world's largest cleanliness survey which covered around 4370 cities in India this year. Swachh Survekshan 2020 is the 5th edition of the annual urban cleanliness survey being conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). It is evaluated for each quarter on the basis of monthly updation of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) online Management Information System (MIS) by cities along with citizen's validation on the 12 service level progress indicators.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs recently announced the results of the first (April-June) and second (July- September) quarters of Swachh Survekshan 2020. The results for the third quarter i.e., (October-December) 2019 are still pending.

The ranks for Swachh Survekshan 2020 have been assigned based on the population in two categories of the cities:

1) 1 lakh and above with sub-categories of

a) 1-10 lakh

b) 10 lakhs and above.

2) Less than 1 lakh (under this category, the rankings are given as per zone and population)

It includes five zones namely, North, East, Northeast, South and West.

In 2020, Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) topped the cleanliness charts for two consecutive quarters among cities with over 10 lakh population and with 1 lakh to 10 lakh population respectively.

Among cantonment boards, Tamil Nadu's St.Thomas Mount Cantt was ranked 1st in quarter 1 whereas Delhi Cantt ranked first in the 2nd quarter.

It is embarrassing for Jammu city as it slipped down to 350th position from 329th rank (2019) in the second quarter of Swachh Survekshan 2020

Also, in the first quarter of 2020 Cleanliness ranking, Jammu has slipped to 318th rank.

The ranking for Jammu city has plummeted in this year's survey thus revealing the sanitation woes of the citizens. The concerned authorities have failed miserably in the pan-India survey.

Comparing the ranking to 2019 survey, it can be noticed that Srinagar city has improved significantly scaling up to 47th rank from 357th rank in second-quarter ranking of Swachh Survekshan 2020

This year, major thrust of Swachh Survekshan was on getting citizen feedback or indicators involving citizen participation. Also, the citizen-centric focus was enhanced substantially through verification of the progress made by cities on Swachhata through direct responses from citizens.

But no major social media or offline promotions were seen in Jammu which has ultimately affected public participation on Swachhata app and hence the dip in cleanliness ranking.

The corporators and concerned authorities need to gear up in making Jammu clean else the city will never be able to change the tag of "one of the dirtiest cities" in the country.



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Hardeep Bali