Raipur: Chhattisgarh was awarded with
the national award for being the “Cleanest State” in the country. President of
India Ram Nath Kovind conferred the award to Chhattisgarh chief minister
Bhupesh Baghel at the Swachh Amrit Mahotsav held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi
Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister
Hardeep Singh Puri and Minister of State Kaushal Kishore were also present at
Chhattisgarh Urban Development Minister
Dr Shiv Kumar Dahariya, Chhattisgarh Urban Administration and Development
Secretary Alarmelmangai D, Additional chief secretary Subrat Sahoo, Resident
Commissioner M Geeta and Mission Director and CEO SUDA Saumil Ranjan Chaubey
also attended the function.
Chhattisgarh has been given the award
for maintaining its status as the cleanest State. Apart from the state, its 67
urban bodies will also be rewarded for their excellent performance, the highest
number of urban bodies in any state. Chhattisgarh was also a leading state in
terms of cleanliness in the year 2019 and 2020.
Chhattisgarh is the only state where,
more than 9,000 cleanliness ‘didis’ are collecting 1,600 tonnes of wet and dry
waste from houses and scientifically disposing them off. The Centre has also
been declared Chhattisgarh as the first ODF plus state of the country.
Raipur, Patan, Bhilai Charoda, Birgaon
(M), Chirmiri, Bhatapara, Kawardha, Bemetara, Jashpur Nagar, Dipka, Dornapal,
Chandrapur, Utai, Abhanpur etc are some of the cities of which were also
awarded at the function in different categories.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban
Affairs conducts the annual cleanliness survey in all cities and states. The
survey is done through third party assessment under various parameters such as
citizens’ feedback on door-to-door garbage collection, scientific disposal of
waste, open defecation free city and garbage free city etc.
On the basis of the assessment, ranking
of states and cities are done. The best performing states and cities are
Mayors receive award
Raipur Mayor Ejaz Dhebar, Ambikapur
Mayor Ajay Tirkey, Bhilai Charoda Mayor Chandrakant Mandle, Bilaspur Mayor
Ramsharan Yadav, Chirmiri Mayor Kanchan Jaiswal, Raigarh Mayor Janki Amrit
Katju, Korba Mayor Rajkishore Prasad, Rajnandgaon Mayor Hemasudesh Deshmukh,
Durg Mayor Dheeraj Bakliwal as well as Municipal Commissioners, Municipality
Presidents, Chief Municipal Officers, Nodal Officers were awarded for Clean
Survey, Garbage Free City.