●Prerak Dauur Samman
•Recently, a new category of awards titled ‘Prerak Dauur Samman’ has been announced as part of Swachh Survekshan 2021
•The Prerak Dauur Samman has a total of five additional sub-categories namely,
1. Divya (Platinum),
2. Anupam (Gold),
3. Ujjwal (Silver),
4. Udit (Bronze)
5. Aarohi (Aspiring).
•In Swachh Survekshan 2020, cities are evaluated on the criteria of ‘population category’ but for 2021, they will be categorised on the basis of six select indicator wise performance criteria
1. Segregation of waste into Wet, Dry and Hazard categories.
2. Processing capacity against wet waste generated.
3. Processing and recycling of wet and dry waste.
4. Construction and Demolition waste processing.
5. Percentage of waste going to landfills.
6. Sanitation status of cities.
•Swachh Survekshan was launched as a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, it is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India.
•The ranking exercise is taken up by the Government of India to assess rural and urban areas for their levels of cleanliness and active implementation of Swachhata mission initiatives in a timely and innovative manner.
•Swachh Survekshan-Urban is conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
•Swachh Survekshan-Rural is conducted by the Ministry of Jal Shakti.
•Earlier, it was conducted by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation which was merged with the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to make a new Ministry of Jal Shakti in 2019.
•Swachh Survekshan League is a quarterly cleanliness assessment of cities and towns, to be done in three quarters and these quarterly assessments will hold 25% weightage in the annual survey.
•Swachh Survekshan 2020 was evaluated for each quarter on the basis of monthly updation of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) online Management Information System (MIS) by cities along with citizen’s validation on the 12 service level progress indicators.
•The results for Swachh Survekshan 2020 will be announced shortly by the Ministry.