Swachh Bharat survey: PM Modi says competition augurs well for nation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday night congratulated the 10 top cities selected in terms of cleanliness and said the healthy competition among the cities for becoming cleaner augurs well for the country.
“Congratulations to the top 10 cities,” he tweeted while referring to the government survey released earlier in the day which showed Indore in Madhya Pradesh as the cleanest city in the country and Gonda in Uttar Pradesh as the dirtiest.
The urban development ministry had commissioned the survey for 434 cities and towns with a population of 1 lakh and above in January and February this year.
Overall, 37 lakh people responded to a set of six questions about the city they belonged.
The 434 cities account for about 60% of the total urban population in the country. The response of 18 lakh people was taken into consideration for the survey after the elimination of duplicate feedback.
In response to a tweet by a follower that the survey showed increase in competition among the cities, the Prime Minister said, “Yes. Such healthy competition between cities for becoming cleaner augurs well for the nation.”
He attributed the “success” of the cleanliness campaign to the efforts of 125 crore Indians “who have taken a vow for making India clean.”
“Swacchh Bharat” (clean India) campaign is an ambitious initiative of the Prime Minister who is according top priority to it.
Bhopal, also in MP, occupies the second best spot among 434 cities and towns, followed by Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Surat in Gujarat, urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, announcing the results of an exercise he described as a citizens’ verdict.