Chhattisgarh- the ‘Cleanest State’ for two consecutive years


With constant perseverance, discipline and focus, Chhattisgarh government remained consistent in its performance as India’s ‘Cleanest State’ for consecutive years of 2019 and 2020 in the world’s largest sanitation survey. Collaborative effort of the public and officials of Chhattisgarh government on the ‘Clean India Mission’, ensured a success story in the State. 

Here are five components of the story:

  • Chhattisgarh had earlier launched a ‘Mission Clean City’ – piloted at north Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur, the town which was again judged as the country’s cleanest city this year.
  • The Ambikapur model was then implemented across the state- incorporating low cost, sustainable and a decentralised mechanism based on the process of reducing, reusing and recycling (3-R) of waste.
  • “Sustainable and productive waste management model enable Chhattisgarh to secure cleanest state tag by adopting the innovative methods. The model ensured citizen participation and livelihood promotion. Credit equally goes to swachta warriors and sanitation team,” the chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said.
  • “In Chhattisgarh the diligent efforts at ground level, while defying every possible odd, apparently took the state to the top. Effective mechanism put in place on garbage management. The Swachh Survekshan is a year-long exercise that evaluates cities. A promising opening begins with the people from all walks of life contributing their roles,” said Alarmelmangai D, secretary (ULB-urban administration department).
  • A central dashboard was also created to capture the database of the ULBs along with State Monitoring Interface portals to check the status of the state as a whole.

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