It’s time to assess villages on hygiene

It’s time to assess the sanitation standards in rural areas with the Swachh Survekshan Grameen-2018 taken up across 698 districts, including Mysuru and several other districts in the State, beginning August 1.

The month-long survey, similar to the one conducted for the cities under Swachh Bharat Mission, will be covering 6,980 villages in the selected districts with feedback from about 50 lakh citizens– physical and online.

Anganwadis, schools, hospitals, bazaars and religious places will be covered under the survey which consists of 35 per cent of citizen feedback, 30 per cent of direct observation and 35 per cent of service-level progress. The awards for the cleanest districts are expected to be given on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2.

In connection with the Survekshan, Mysuru Zilla Panchayat CEO Shivashankar chaired a meeting with the officials from the taluk and gram panchayats here and instructed them to prepare for the survey.

Feedback

Village meetings, group discussions, online feedback, and personal interviews will be the mode of colleting feedback from the citizens which will be playing a key role like it did during survekshan in urban areas, including Mysuru that was twice the country’s cleanest city.

Mr. Shivashankar told
The Hindu
that the survey of sanitation standards – solid waste management, use of toilets and other aspects – is being taken up for the first time in rural areas. “I have asked the officers concerned to take inputs from the urban civic bodies which have experience of participating in such surveys under SBM in the past.”

Markets to be covered

The CEO said ‘santhe’ (village fairs or markets) will also be covered under the survey with the evaluation team visiting them and assessing the parameters.

Status of water logging, status of littering and usage of public toilets, open defecation will be documented.

Has the general cleanliness of your village improved with the implementation of SBM; has the village made arrangements for safe disposal of solid wastes; has the village made arrangements for liquid waste; what are the facilities available for the liquid waste and solid waste management in your village are among the questions likely to be asked during the survey.

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