Haryana bags second rank in the country in Swachh Survekshan Rural 2022

Swachh Survekshan Rural 2022

Haryana has secured the second rank in the country in Swachh Survekshan Rural 2022 ranking in an event organised at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi yesterday. On the basis of Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2022, ODF Sustainability for Total Sanitation, and excellent implementation of various components of ODF Plus, the state got the second position in the country under the category of States having a population of more than 30 lakhs.

Haryana Development and Panchayats Minister, Sh. Devender Singh Babli received this award from the President, Smt. Draupadi Murmu, today, in a programme organised at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Sh. Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Sh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Food Processing Industries, Sh. Prahlad Singh Patel, and Minister of State, Jal Shakti and Tribal Affairs, Sh. Bishweswar Tudu were present on the occasion.

Development and Panchayats Minister, Sh. Devender Singh Babli said that every department of the state is committed to taking the state to the highest progress by adopting innovative working procedures and implementing schemes. Special focus is being given to accelerating development growth in rural areas along with uplifting their lifestyle. He said that along with the officers of the development and panchayats department, swachhta Sainik, education department, women and child development department, and other social institutions played a key role in achieving this remarkable target. They have played a major role in generating awareness regarding the Swachhta campaign with a special focus on the rural areas in collaboration with the government.

The Minister for Development and Panchayats said that from September 17, the birthday of the Prime Minister, Sh. Narendra Modi to October 2, the birthday of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, Swachhta Pakhwada is celebrated every year across the country. During the same period, district-level “Swachhta Hi Sewa” programme was also run in the state. Under this, cleanliness campaigns were conducted in every village and people were made aware about not using single-use plastic and keeping their surroundings clean through awareness march, prabhat pheris, signature campaigns, community support, and other means.

He said that the fact that the Bhiwani district ranked top in the nation’s overall rural cleanliness survey indicates that both government and the rural public are very concerned about maintaining cleanliness. He informed that in 22 villages of Bhiwani district, rain and dirty water have been managed by making special structures. Along with this, 24 ponds are being renovated and beautified under the Mission Amrit Sarovar project in different villages of the district.

He further added that the geographical conditions of Haryana are different in every district. The government and administration are doing a commendable job. Understanding their responsibility toward the environment, people also have to contribute significantly in keeping their surroundings clean. He added that we all have to adopt a technique for proper disposal of our household garbage which is the need of the hour. Haryana Government is planning to collect garbage from every household in villages on the lines of cities.