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Kerala’s Dismal Ranking in Swachh Survekshan, 2017

Against the backdrop of Kerala’s dismal ranking in the Swachh Survekshan 2017, a survey conducted by the Ministry of Urban Development to study the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission, this article expresses that the state government should objectively analyse the pitfalls of the implementation of the current system of solid waste management and act on it.

The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India, initiated the Swachh Survekshan to study the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission, which was launched on 2 October 2014 (MoUD 2017). About 434 cities participated in this survey in 2017, and the MoUD commissioned the Quality Council of India (QCI) to conduct the survey and revaluate performance. The Government of India set up the QCI in partnership with three industry associations—Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, Confederation of Indian Industries, and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry—to establish and promote an accreditation structure and quality through the National Quality Campaign.

Nine cities of Kerala participated in the Swachh Survekshan 2017. All these cities come under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 June 2015. As per this scheme, any state government can seek financial assistance to provide basic amenities to the poor households. The Kerala government is implementing this scheme with the help of the Local Self Government Department. Among these cities where AMRUT has been implemented, Kozhikode tops with a rank of 254 in the Swachh Survekshan. As per the result of the survey, the cities in Kerala have performed poorly in the ranking by their cleanliness and sanitation status.

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Updated On : 1st Sep, 2017

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