6th Edition Of Swachh Survekshan (SS) 2021:
The President awarded the respective cities in the 6th Edition of Swachh Survekshan (SS) 2021 for their performance in maintaining cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation.
- The ceremony was held at the ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’, which is a celebration of the achievements of cities in the past seven years of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban and a commitment from cities and citizens to move forward with renewed vigour in the next phase of Swachhata through Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0.
- Earlier, the Jal Shakti Ministry launched Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2021 or rural cleanliness survey 2021 under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) Phase-II.
- It is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India.
- It was launched as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which aimed to make India clean and free of open defecation.
- The first survey was undertaken in 2016 and covered 73 cities.
- By 2020 the survey had grown to cover 4242 cities and was said to be the largest cleanliness survey in the world.
- In 2021 Survekshan, participated by 4,320 cities, also saw an unprecedented number of citizens’ feedback – over 5 crores, compared to 1.87 cores last year.
- Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).
SS 2021 Categories:
Less than 1 lakh Population:
- Vita, Lonavala, and Saswad cities from Maharashtra have ranked first, second, and third Cleanest Cities respectively.
More than 1 Lakh Population:
- For the 5th consecutive year, Indore (Madhya Pradesh) was awarded the title of India’s Cleanest City under Swachh Survekshan, while Surat and Vijayawada bagged the second and third spots respectively.
- Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh emerged as the ‘Fastest Mover City’ thus securing a place among the top 100 cities at 87th position.
- Best Ganga Town: Varanasi.
- Cleanest Cantonment: Ahmedabad Cantonment, followed by Meerut Cantonment and Delhi Cantonment.
More than 100 Urban Local Bodies:
- Chhattisgarh has been awarded as the ‘Cleanest State’ of India for the 3rd consecutive year.
- Karnataka emerged as the ‘Fastest Mover State’.
Less than 100 Urban Local Bodies:
- Jharkhand won the ‘Cleanest State’ of India for the second time in this category.
- Mizoram emerged as the ‘Fastest Mover State’.
Prerak Daaur Samman:
- This is a new performance category introduced under SS 2021, five cities – Indore, Surat, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi Municipal Council and Tirupati were categorized as ‘Divya’ (Platinum).