Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister, on January 4, 2019 launched the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2019’, the fourth edition of the annual nationwide cleanliness survey of urban India in New Delhi.
Launched as a part of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, the Swachh Survekshan 2019 aims to evaluate the achievements in the cleanliness level in urban areas of the country. It will encourage large-scale citizen participation, ensure sustainability of initiatives taken towards garbage free and open defecation free cities, and will provide credible outcomes.
Highlights of the survey ‘Swachh Survekshan 2019’:-
1. The survey will cover 40 crore people across over four thousand towns and cities.
2. Expected to be larger than the previous cleanliness surveys, Swachh Survekshan 2019, completely digital and paperless survey, will be completed in a record time of 28 days.
3. For the first time ever, the inspection will be conducted without giving any prior information to the concerned official for real-time check and survey will be based on people’s feedback.
On October 2, 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Mission, India’s largest cleanliness drive, to achieve an Open-Defecation Free (ODF) India by October 2, 2019, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.