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Citizens’ feedback sought for cleanliness survey | Vote for Jammu

One cannot deny the fact that regardless of where you are, the cleanliness of your surroundings make a great impact on your health and wellness. Think about rag pickers, miners etc. and risks associated with their daily activities. Unclean surroundings can take you to deathbed in no time. So, the places frequented by you need to be free of germs and bacteria for leading a healthy life.

Practically, you cannot clean all the places you visit daily but when it comes to your surroundings, you can contribute a lot on a daily basis. Making little changes everyday will become cornerstones for building healthy lifestyle.  As a citizen, you have rights along with some duties. Cleanliness forms the foundation of a safe environment and it can only be achieved through public participation. 

In 2016, the Centre government decided to conduct the first annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India. Currently, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs(MoHUA) is in the process of conducting sixth edition of the survey to ranks all cities under Swachh Bharat Mission Urban (SBM-U) with Quality Council of India (QCI) as its implementation partner.

But Swachh Survekshan Cleanliness Survey-2021 consists of Service Level Progress as presented by the urban local bodies, citizens' feed back and Garbage Free City certification. Out of total 6,000 marks, citizens' feedback has 1,800 marks based on questions asked about garbage collection, and plastic use. The survey questionnaire is live on "Swachhata app" and website too from January 1- March 31. 

Citizens can download the app from Google Playstore and register on the app via OTP. After successful login, you will see the orange banner on homepage titled "Participate in Swachh Survekshan". Click on it and you will land up on questionnaire page. You will have to answer 8 questions and submit.

One important feature on the app includes finding "Public Toilet Nearby" and every citizen must be aware to use it for creating more habitable and cleaner cities.

Citizens can also post their grievances on the app by tagging their location and uploading necessary images for the concerned department.

Time and again, Jammu Municipal Corporation has conducted campaigns, distributed dustbins, held Nukkad Nataks, painting competitions and informed people about the segregation of dry and wet waste at doorsteps. Citizens are encouraged to choose cotton or jute bags over poly bags to put an end to plastic menace in the city.

As JMC Commissioner Avny Lavasa told Jammu Links News earlier, several projects are in pipeline for dealing with the collected waste ensuring proper disposal, there is a great hope for improvement.

Also, the cleanliness survey not only fosters a health competition among towns and citizens towards creating cleaner places but also act as a testimony of citizen participation hence taking part in the survey is must for all.

Jammu Municipal Corporation can also collaborate with different organisations like schools, colleges, NGOs etc. working for the cause of clean and safe environment to spread the word and involve people in the survey for achieving a better ranking this year. More than improving ranking, it is about awakening the spirit of participation and responsibility amongst general public to make a difference in the society.


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Hardeep Bali