NEW DELHI: Five of the top 10 cleanest districts in 2019 are from Haryana while five of the 10 dirtiest districts are from Odisha, according to the latest Swachhta Survey report released by sanitation ministry.
Peddapalli in Telangana was found to be the cleanest district, a distinction which went to Satara in Mahrashtra in 2018. Two districts each from Tamil Nadu and Gujarat made it to the list of top ten cleanest districts.
In Delhi’s neighbourhood, Faridabad was adjudged the second cleanest district while Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar ranked 25th, 129th and 172nd in the list. Delhi was not included since all districts in the city are largely urbanised.
The drinking water and sanitation department under the Jal Shakti ministry released the report on ranking of 683 districts on Tuesday, which was based on a set of parameters including self-reporting by districts, data from Swachh Bharat Mission – Grameen, village-level surveys of public places like schools, anganwadi centres, health centres, haat, panchayat and citizen’s perception of Swachhata.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had released the list of only three top ranking districts and states on October 2 at Sabarmati in Gujarat to mark the culmination of Swachh Bharat Mission, which was launched in 2014.
According to the report, 77 districts of 683 districts scored more than 80 on a scale of 0-100. The survey covered 17,209 villages for little over a month in August-September this year. It found that over 97% of citizens claimed to be aware of the Swachhta survey and over 81% ascribe improvement in rural cleanliness.
Strikingly, 84% of respondents reported efficient solid waste management arrangements which included garbage pits, compost pits and waste collection and disposal pits. The report said 83% citizens claimed efficient disposal of liquid waste in their villages in terms of drains, soak pits, kitchen garden.
The third party observers who visited public places such as religious places, ‘haats’, health centres and government schools found that at least 72% of such areas had access to toilets. They also found that nearly 88% of the public places were free of plastic litter and over 92 % were devoid of stagnant waste water.
“The survey was highly extensive and rigorous in its coverage. Participation of citizens was voluntary. Feedback was garnered from over three crore citizens via mobile app and over 12 lakh people sent their feedback via interactive voice response. Another 1.74 lakh face-to-face interactions were carried out with key informants to capture village level information and about 17,197 group meetings with citizens were held to capture their perceptions on key indicators,” the report said.
Officials said to ensure no survey conditions were flouted, the entire process used GPS technology to check on the interviewer.

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