Held for the second consecutive year, Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019 (SSG 2019), India’s largest sanitation survey being conducted from 14th August to 30th September, 2019 has had phenomenal response with over 3 crore people providing feedback, including 2 elderly women – a 100 year old and a 91 year old from Katni district in Madhya Pradesh.
Smt. Baishakhiya Bai (100 years) from Dihuta Gram Panchayat in Boharibund block of Katni district in Madhya Pradesh gave her feedback through a toll free number. She said that sanitary conditions and waste disposal system in her village have improved considerably.
Similarly, Smt. Tulsa Bai (91) wife of Bihari Lal from Sleemnabad village in Budhanwara GP of the same block gave feedback about the changes seen in her village owing to the SBM-G campaign.
Citizens were asked to provide feedback on – if the general cleanliness of their villages had improved with the implementation of SBM; and if there were any village level arrangements for safe disposal of solid and liquid waste.
SSG-2019 will provide national ranking of all districts and states of India on the basis of quantitative and qualitative sanitation parameters. The ranking will be based on a comprehensive set of parameters including self-reporting by Districts, data from the SBM-G IMIS, district-level surveys of public places like schools, Anganwadis, public health centres, Haat bazaars, Panchayat and citizen’s perception of Swachhata and their recommendations for improvement of the program.
As part of Swachh Survekshan Grameen 17,450 villages in 698 Districts across India are being covered. Further, as many as 87,250 public places namely schools, anganwadis, public health centres, haat/bazaars/religious places in these 17,450 villages will be visited for survey. Around 250,000 citizens will be interviewed for their feedback on SBM related issues. Also citizens will be mobilised to provide feedback on sanitation relation related issues online using an application developed for the purpose. A detailed protocol has been developed to guide the ranking of Districts basis their performance on key quality and quantitative parameters.
Criteria for ranking 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%).
Last year’s SSG 2018 covered 698 Districts and more than 7000 villages. The Survekshan generated huge enthusiasm across districts and generated huge attention from all stakeholders and common citizens in particular. More than a crore citizen provided direct feedback on various sanitation parameters in their settings using the Swachh Survekshan App developed by the Ministry.
With a view to improving sanitation status of their villages, intense IEC and sanitation improvement activities are being carried out. The survey is fostering a spirit of healthy competition among villages to improve their service delivery to citizens, towards creating cleaner villages.