In less than a month since the launch of India’s largest rural sanitation survey –
Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019 (SSG 2019), more than one crore people have participated in the programme by sharing their feedback on a number of sanitation related parameters and undertaking swachhata activities.
SSG 2019 being held from 14th August to 30th September, 2019, covers 17,450 villages in 698 districts across the country. It includes 87,250 public places, namely schools, anganwadi centers, public health centres, as well as haats, bazaars and religious places.
Increased focus is being given this year to solid and liquid waste management as well as plastic waste management.
A detailed protocol has been developed to guide the ranking of Districts basis their performance on key quality and quantitative parameters. Results of the survey conducted by an independent survey agency will be announced based on quantitative and qualitative sanitation parameters. The weights to different elements of the SSG would be: Direct observation of sanitation in public places (30%); Citizen’s Feedback including feedback from common citizens, key influencers at the village level and from citizens online using the App (35%); and Service Level Progress on sanitation related parameters (35%).
On 30th August, Directorate SBM-G Jharkhand organized a one day workshop on SSG-2019 in Sai Nath University when the Director briefed the gathering about the sanitation survey. He encouraged university students to contribute to the exercise. Thereafter, participants provided feedback through mobile Apps and took the sanitation pledge. SBMG Jharkhand distributed T-shirts, caps and steel water bottles, conveying the message, ‘Say NO to plastic’.
In Bihar, awareness sessions were held in schools, colleges and at community gatherings, appealing to people to participate and ensure cleanliness of their surroundings.
And in Uttar Pradesh, there was a state launch of SSG 2019, followed by a press conference. State officials developed whatsapp groups for effective monitoring of SSG activities. Further, there was active involvement of local champions, public representatives, students from local schools and colleges, Police department, home guards and the health department. While a government order was issued to districts to clean up their villages, media coverage was ensured to recognize efforts.
Children participated in good numbers in the cleanliness drives organized in Mizoram. Awareness and cleanliness activities were carried out in many villages.
All cleanliness activities began with the sanitation pledge in Sikkim. Arunachal Pradesh on the other hand focused on IEC activities to consistently remind people to refrain from littering.
Maharashtra saw various activities in all districts. While LED vans bearing swachhata messages were plied in some areas, IPC drives, bus panels and hoardings were the focus in others.
In Tamil Nadu, Swachhagrahis of each Panchayat focused on getting feedback from VHNs, Anganwadi teachers, Panchayat Secretaries, College students and others in the community.
Mass awareness camps were held at colleges to create awareness on citizen’s feedback.