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Jammu secures 224th position in Swachh Survekshan 2020, jumps from 329th in 2019 rankings

Clean environment assists in keeping our mind, body, and soul clean. One such great initiative was Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, launched by the government on October 2, 2014 on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Later in 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Swachh Survekshan to monitor the performance under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

This extensive survey is commissioned by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and carried out annually by Quality Council of India with the objective to inculcate a spirit of healthy competition among different cities of the country.

Minister of Civil Aviation of India Hardeep Singh Puri announced results of 28-day-survey of "Swachh Survekshan 2020" today in which 4,242 cities, 62 cantonment boards and 92 Ganga towns were covered. The feedback was received from 1.9 crore citizens which is impacting lives of almost 43 crore people.

Indore has once again emerged as the overall ‘cleanest city' of the country, fourth time in a row in the results declared by Hardeep Puri, Union Urban Affairs Minister, in New Delhi on Thursday.

In the fifth edition of India's cleanliness survey, a total of 129 awards were given by the Union Minister to top performing cities and states in a virtual programme called ‘Swachh Mahotsav'.

Ranking of different cities in Jammu and Kashmir

In Swachh Survekshan 2020, Jammu has moved up the ladder compared to last year's rank. In 2019, Jammu secured 329th position whereas this year, it has stepped up to 224th overall rank in the country. In 2018, Jammu stood at 212th rank which was by far the best ranking for the city in the world's largest cleanliness survey.

Compared to Jammu, Srinagar has done a commendable job in moving to 36th position from last year's 357th position. Also, Anantnag's position has plummeted from last year's 258th position to 271st in 2020 rankings. Tangmarg improved its ranking from 335th to 274th in 2020 survey.

Besides, Badamibagh Cantt. And Jammu Cantt. stood at 36 th and 50 th rank respectively in Swachh Survekshan 2020 Cantonment Boards ranking.

For the overall improvement in the cleanliness position, municipal corporations need to focus more on educating people regarding door to door waste collection, segregation etc. People also need to avoid using single-use plastic, urinating in public places, opting for better solutions instead of following traditional use of poly bags.

Several innovative techniques need to be devised and followed to achieve a better ranking in pan-India cleanliness survey. People need to be held accountable for segregation of waste and keeping their surroundings spic and span.

The concerned authorities also need to digitally involve citizens so that more people can give their feedback for the cleanliness survey.

 

 

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