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Swachh rankings are out, Indore gets cleanest city tag (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Economics)

Swachh Survekshan 2018
Jharkhand has emerged as the best-performing State in terms of cleanliness, while Indore in Madhya Pradesh was adjudged the cleanest city in the country, according to the government swachhta survey released.

Maharashtra stood second behind Jharkhand, while Chhattisgarh was at the third position in the category of ‘best-performing States’ in the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2018’ released by Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

Best cities
As far as cities are concerned, table-topper Indore is followed by Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal, while Union Territory of Chandigarh stands at the third place in the national-level category.

Retain positions
Indore and Bhopal have retained their respective positions from the last year survey. But this year, the survey has covered 4,203 cities while in 2017 only 434 cities were surveyed.

State ranking was introduced in this year’s survey, which was conducted between January 4 and March 10. In 2016, the survey was conducted in 73 cities having a population of 10 lakh or more and also the capital cities.

Mysuru has been ranked the cleanest medium-sized city in the country. Mysuru has been ranked the cleanest among cities with a population of between 3 lakh and one million.

Mangaluru has been ranked the best city in solid waste management.

About Swachh Survekshan
As a prelude to encouraging cities to improve urban sanitation, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs (formerly Ministry of Urban Development) had conducted ‘Swachh Survekshan-2016’ survey for the rating of 73 cities in January 2016 followed by ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ conducted in January- February 2017 ranking 434 cities.

The objective of the survey is to encourage large scale citizen participation and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities a better place to live in. Additionally, the survey also intends to foster a spirit of healthy competition among towns and cities to improve their service delivery to citizens, towards creating cleaner cities.

(Adapted from The Hindu)

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