Jal Shakti Minister presented 2020 Swachh Bharat Awards

Highlights:

  • Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat presented the Swachh Bharat Awards 2020 particularly under the drinking water and cleanliness categories.
Details Analysis:
  • The awards were given to States, Districts, Blocks and Village Panchayats. 
  • The Center had earlier launched three missions namely Swachh Sundar Samudayik Shouchalaya, Samudayik Shouchalaya Abhiyan and Gandagi Mukth Bharat.
  • Under the Swachh Sundar Samudayik Shouchalaya category Gujarat was awarded the first position at state level whereas Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu got the Award for cleanliness at District Level.
  • Chinnanur Village in Tamil Nadu bagged the top slot at Gram Panchayat level.
  • Khachrod block in Ujjain district in Madhya Pradesh was awarded the first position.
  • Under the Samudayik Shouchalaya Abhiyan, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh topped as best performing states.
  • Prayagraj and Bareilly won the award for being the best performing districts.
  • Under the Gandagi Mukth Bharat Mission, Haryana and Telangana were awarded the top slot.
  • Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) has transformed rural India into a Jan Andolan for  achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF). The Phase II of the SBM (G) was launched early this year.
  • It focuses on ODF sustainability and Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) which aims at comprehensive cleanliness in villages.