Gujarat among dirtiest, Sikkim cleanest in rural India: Survey

New Delhi: According to a survey, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, Gujarat, is lacking in the implementation of the government’s Swachh Bharat Campaign. This first-ever survey of sanitation standards has been conducted in 75 districts of rural India.

Prime Minister Modi, in 2014, launched the Swachh Bharat Mission, a program involving  Rs 1.96 lakh crore to promote cleanliness in the country by 2019,

But Ahmedabad, Anand and Panchmahal districts of Gujarat are at the bottom of the 2016 Swachh Survekshan list released on Thursday —with poor access to sanitation facilities, litter in public places and stagnant wastewater around households.

“The ranking aims to make sure that the knowledge of best practices is spread and a sense of competitiveness is triggered among states and districts,” said Parameswaran Iyer, secretary, ministry of drinking water and sanitation.

The survey covered 53 districts located in the plains and 22 in hill states and the North-East. 13 out of the 53 districts were from Gujarat. Dungarpur, Pali and Ajmer in Rajasthan were found to be the dirtiest.

Among the cleanest  in the plains were Sindhudurg (Maharashtra), Nadia (West Bengal), Satara (Maharashtra), Midnapore East (West Bengal) and Kolhapur (Maharashtra).

Among the 26 states ranked on the basis of availability of toilets and their usage, Sikkim, Kerala, Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland claimed the top five spot, with toilet usage ranging from 88% to 98%. Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha fared the worst, with just 17% to 24% households having access to sanitation facilities.

The urban development ministry, which is implementing the programme in urban India, conducted a similar survey in cities and towns.

In hilly and north-eastern states Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) is the cleanest, and Anjaw (Arunachal Pradesh) is the dirtiest.

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