Swachhata Hi Seva 2022 gets underway

In the runup to Swachh Bharat Diwas that is held each year on 2nd October, Swachhata Hi Seva (SHS) campaign is organised during the fortnight of 15th September to 2nd October when communities engage in shramdaan to clean up their villages. 

This year too, in order to provide impetus to the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen Phase II, to disseminate the importance of a Sampoorn Swachh village; to reinforce the concept of sanitation as everyone’s business; and to commemorate Swachh Bharat Diwas (2nd October) with nationwide participation, SHS has been organised across the country.

The focus this year is to clean up legacy waste to bring about visual cleanliness of villages.  In this regard, communities have been involved in cleaning of garbage vulnerable sites in the villages; construction of waste collection and segregation sheds/centres; door to door collection of non-biodegradable waste like plastics; cleaning of water bodies and planting of saplings around them; and purchase of waste collection vehicles such as tricycles/e-carts (battery operated vehicles).

Additionally, various community awareness programmes are being held to promote segregation of waste at source and the need to refrain from use of single use plastics.  While Gram Sabhas are being held to pass resolutions banning SUPs, Sarpanch Samvads are being organised on ODF Plus elements even as slogan writing and swachhata pledges are being administered when people pledge to refrain from littering.

As reported by States, SHS progress from 15th to 19th September is as follows:

  • No. of people who participated in shramdaan and cleaning activities:  3148797
  • No. of Public places and institutional buildings cleaned:  76692
  • No. of legacy waste sites cleaned:  87794
  • No. of trees planted around water bodies:  63679
  • No. of GP resolutions passed for SUP ban:  19173
  • No. of Sarpanchs who participated in in Sarpanch Samvads on ODF Plus elements:  24474
  • No. of people that participated in awareness activities:  24,04,808
  • No. of waste collection and segregation sheds constructed:  13,334

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