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Swachh Survekshan for rural areas released, Mandi and Sindhudurg topped the charts

The results of the 2016 ‘Swachh Survekshan’ (Cleanliness Index) for rural India was released on 8 September 2016. Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) and Sindhudurg (Maharashtra) were declared as the cleanest districts in India.

Swachh Survekshan

Mandi was judged as the cleanest district in “Hills” category and Sindhudurg as the cleanest in the “Plains” category.

Overall Ranking - Swachh Survekshan Gramin

Category

Rank

District & state

Score

Hills

1

Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

98.4

2

West Sikkim, Sikkim

96.4

3

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

94.1

 

Plains

1

Sindhudurg, Maharashtra

96.8

2

Nadia, West Bengal

95.0

3

Satara, Maharashtra

92.9

The results were declared by the Minister, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.

A total of 22 hill districts and 53 plain areas were assessed under the Gramin Swachh Survekshan launched in May 2016.

State wise, Sikkim and Kerala were ranked as top performing states in a Swachhta (cleanliness) survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), while Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand were placed among the last on the table.

Assessment

The Ministry had commissioned Quality Council of India (QCI) to carry out the assessment. Each district has been judged on four distinct parameters. Maximum weightage was places on accessibility to safe toilets and water. The parameters to judge sanitation status include:

• Households having access to safe toilets and using them (toilet usage, water accessibility, safe disposal of waste) (40%)

• Households having no litter around (30%)

• Public places with no litter in the surrounding (10%)

• Households having no stagnant wastewater around (20%)

The assessors appointed by QCI individually visited all districts covered under the Survekshan to make a comprehensive analysis of the on-ground situation & progress.

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