Which village is the cleanest of all? Centre to find out

  • Brajesh Kumar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 04, 2016 08:31 IST
The Central government now plans to rank villages on different sanitation parameters. (Aqil Khan/HT Photo)

After coming out with a ranking of cleanest cities in the country early this year, the Central government now plans to rank the villages on different sanitation parameters.

In partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the centre will carry out a survey in June to rank the villages. The idea, sources said, is to encourage villages to improve sanitation and become open defecation-free.

“The survey will involve interaction with village panchayats, visiting households and taking pictures in different locations in villages. This will be done by government accreditation body Quality Council of India and along with a professional surveyor team,” a drinking water and sanitation ministry official said.

The parameters on which the villages will be ranked include availability and usage of toilets, no cases of open defecation and safe disposal of solid and liquid wastes.

The move is in line with government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which aims to build as many as 12 crore toilets in the rural areas by 2019, coinciding with Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.

As against this target, the government has built close to 1.40 lakh toilets so far.

According to government’s latest estimates, 49.89% rural households have toilet facility.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the programme in his inaugural Independence Day address on August 15, 2014, it was formally launched on October 2 the same year.

Earlier this year, the government released the ranking of cleanest cities in February. While Mysore in Karnataka, Chandigarh in Punjab and Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu topped the list, Dhanbad in Jharkhand and Asansol in West Bengal were ranked the dirtiest, among others.

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