New Delhi: Introduced by the Union Government in 2016 to rank cities on cleanliness parameters in 73 cities, Swachh Survekshan has become the world’s largest urban cleanliness survey covering over 4,000 ULBs. The Survekshan framework has evolved with the years and has today become a unique management tool that accelerates ground level implementation to achieve sanitation outcomes.
The upcoming edition of Survekshan shall usher in improved technological interventions such as digital tracking of documents, geo-tagging of sanitation and waste management of facilities for better efficiency, and QR code-based citizens’ feedback for increased people outreach. Through these multi-faceted initiatives, the SS 2022 framework will propel the Mission towards a circular economy approach through optimum resource recovery.
The union government also flagged off the field assessments for the Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge launched a year ago. Once again, the Challenge is another initiative by MoHUA to empower sewer and septic tank cleaners whose occupation consists of battling against several safety concerns on a daily basis. The Challenge aims to help move cities towards mechanization of sewers and septic tank cleaning operations along with making provisions for personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety kits for workers in case of manual entry under unavoidable circumstances.
The day also saw the launch of the revamped version of the Swachhata App, the digital sanitation grievance redressal platform by MoHUA introduced in 2016 and has reinvented the way in which citizen grievance redressal is managed.
The App has resolved over 2 crore citizen complaints till date with active engagement from citizens. This new version will take citizen engagement to the next level by enabling people to identify yellow (public urination) spots, search for and rate the service levels in public toilets and validate their city’s progress in reducing garbage vulnerable points & access to public sanitation facilities.