Prime News, National (New Delhi), Nov 19:- President Ram Nath Kovind will honour the awardees of ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’ — the sixth edition of the annual cleanliness survey — on November 20, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said on Thursday.
In a statement, the ministry said that in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a garbage-free India under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0, cities certified under the star rating protocol for garbage-free cities will also be awarded at the ceremony.
The ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’ being organised on Saturday will also pay tribute to sanitation workers by recognising top-performing cities under the ”Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge” earlier initiated by the ministry, it stated.
The ministry said that from surveying 73 major cities in 2016, the sixth edition of Swachh Survekshan covers 4,320 cities, making it the world’s largest urban cleanliness survey.
”The success of this year’s survey can be gauged through the unprecedented number of citizen feedback received this year — over 5 crore, a marked increase from last year’s 1.87 crore. The 2021 edition was conducted in a record time of 28 days despite several on-ground challenges owing to the COVID pandemic,” according to the statement.
Talking about the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021′, the ministry said that there have been significant on-ground improvements in the performance of states and cities, as compared to the previous year. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).