A nationwide cleanliness survey of rural India has ranked Sikkim as the cleanest state, followed by Kerala, Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh and Nagaland. Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand are among the worst performers.
These findings by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) were made public by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation on Thursday. The Swachh Survekshan 2016 ranked 26 states based on the percentage of households that have access to sanitary toilets.
The ministry, however, cautioned that the NSSO findings were a year old and some states, such as Maharashtra, MP and UP have significantly improved their toilet coverage since then.
Swachh Survekshan 2016 also included a separate survey carried out by the Quality Council of India, which ranked 75 best performing districts, covering more than 70,000 households, in rural India. These districts were shortlisted based on the improvement in toilet coverage since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in October 2014 and percentage of villages free of open defecation.
Of the 75 districts, 53 are located in the plains and 22 in hilly areas. Among the 22, Mandi in Himachal Pradesh is the cleanest. Sindhudurg and Satara districts of Maharashtra and Nadia in West Bengal figure in the top three of the 53 districts.