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Citizen participation essential for improving Swachh Survekshan 2021 ranking for Jammu: Avny Lavasa

Swachh Survekshan, an annual cleanliness survey in various cities and towns across India was started as a part of Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014. The ranking process is used to determine the level of cleanliness in rural and urban areas of the country. The Swachh Survekshan-Urban is conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs while Swachh Survekshan-Rural is conducted by the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

In 2020, the survey witnessed the participation of almost 1.87 crore citizens and the evaluation was done quarterly using Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) online Management Information System (MIS) considering 12 service level progress indicators.

For 2021 rankings, a new category of awards titled 'Prerak Dauur Samman' has been announced. The awards are divided into five subcategories namely Divya (Platinum), Anupam (Gold), Ujjwal (Silver), Udit (Bronze) and Aarohi (Aspiring).

In 2020, cities were evaluated based on population but for 2021, the government has chosen six indicator wise performance criteria

  • Segregation of waste into Wet, Dry and Hazard categories.
  • Processing capacity against wet waste generated.
  • Processing and recycling of wet and dry waste.
  • Construction and Demolition waste processing.
  • Percentage of waste going to landfills.
  • Sanitation status of cities.

In 2021, Swachh Survekshan rankings have transformed from ‘monitoring tool' to ‘implementation accelerator.'

Jammu Links News interacted with Avny Lavasa, Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation regarding the initiatives taken by the department for improving rankings in 2021.

She said, "There are two major parts contributing to improvement in the Swachh Survekshan rankings. One is work to be done by the corporation and second is citizen awareness. The corporation is targeting 100% door-to-door collection by 2nd February, 2021 and then we have teams working on ground to aware people regarding primary segregation which requires great support from the public so Nukkad Natak, painting competitions are also being conducted. We are also planning to start a campaign at Bahu Plaza in a day or two by letting people exchange poly bags by cloth bags."

Talking further on initiatives, she said, "As we know, the processing and disposal of waste is required to be done properly but we need a proper set-up for that. Currently, we have prepared the proposal of two plants for disposing off waste. The work on one of the plants will begin in Feb 2021 and the other by ending March 2021 which will help in completing the waste management chain."

She further added, "I would still emphasise on the fact that JMC alone cannot achieve these ranking targets without citizen support so I will request the citizens to download "Swachhata app for recording their sanitation woes and providing direct feedback to the corporation."

Let's pledge to keep our surroundings clean and provide honest feedback to Jammu Municipal Corporation for work done by them in all 75 wards. Download "Swachhata app" and contribute to the improvement in rankings for Jammu.


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Hardeep Bali