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UT Adviser Parimal Rai on Saturday urged people to cooperate with the administration in making the cities a better place to live in. He was addressing a workshop organised by the Union urban ministry in collaboration with the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on the issues related to Swachh Survekshan-2017 under Swachh Bharat Mission.
The workshop was aimed at apprising the five northern states — Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh —about the parameters of Swachh Survekshan.
Swachh Suvekshan-2017, launched by the Ministry of Urban Development, is aimed at assessing and ranking 500 cities and towns based on levels of sanitation and efforts made by the respective urban local bodies and capture the progress towards achieving Open Defecation Free status, officials said.
Rai said the main aim of the workshop was to encourage large scale citizen participation and create awareness among all sections of the society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities a better place to live in.
“It is important to realise that the administrative and technological machinery can work only up to a certain extent. What is needed here is participatory governance seeking commitment from the communities and people as well. Construction of toilets only is not going to ensure cleanliness. There has to be utilisation of toilets as well by the people. This can be made possible by bringing changes in social, attitudinal and behavioural aspects of the people,” he said.
Municipal commissioner B Purushartha said the survey being conducted by the Quality Council of India this time has increased its ambit from 73 to 500 cities and the incentives various players involved by rewarding the cities performing better, rewarding RWAs and workers at the grassroot level.
“This will help in mobilising and changing the mindset of the people towards cleanliness and induce a competitive spirit among them,” Purushartha said.
Mayors, deputy mayors, mission directors, municipal commissioners, executive officers, sanitary inspectors and engineering department and administrative employees from the cities took part in the workshop.
“The Swachh Survekshan is going to be carried out in 500 cities, 472 cities which are having more than one lakh population as per the 2011 census, 7 cities which are the capital cities of State/UTs but have population of less than 1 lakh, 21 other cities which is less than 1 lakh but in near an important river or is of religious importance,” a statement said, adding that the total marks of the survey is of 200 marks and 900 marks is on documentation, 600 on citizen participation and feedback and 500 on the evaluation by an external agency.