Patna’s ranking on the cleanliness survey has usually been the worrisome reason for its citizens. The responsibility of the ranking is not solely held by the municipal corporation department but is shared with its citizens as well. The ministry of ‘Housing and Urban Affairs’ gives citizens the right to participate in the process of rating the city. The ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021,’ the sixth edition of the annual cleanliness survey, will rank the city based on their performance.
This survey is based on the evaluation of three parameters, citizen’s feedback, service level progress, and garbage-free city certification.
From 70th rank in 2016, Patna has performed better over the years by securing 47th rank last year.
The rating scoreboard consists of 6,000 points, of which citizen’s feedback has 1,800 points, another 1,800 is for certification and 2,400 is for service level progress.
Citizen’s feedback form consists of eight questions, which tests the respondents on the awareness of their locality and town planning initiatives.
As per last year’s points, Patna scored 1552 points in the cleanliness survey. In an interview with Patnabeats, Himanshu Sharma, Patna Municipal commissioner says, “We aim to achieve 3,000 points this year.”
Commissioner further highlights the importance of citizens’ involvement in the process of city ranking, “they need to be accountable for the cleanliness of their town. In the process of providing feedback, they will realize the importance of cooperating with us. Eventually, we all want to see the city rank on top.”
In order to increase the engagement of the public, PMC is adopting conventional methods to raise awareness about the program. Wall paintings, street plays, dance, and social media channels, are being used to reach out to the public under Swachh Survekshan 2021.
As per Patna Municipal corporation (PMC), more than a thousand feedback has been registered to date. The survey is planned to be conducted between three months i.e., from January 1 to March 28.
To provide feedback people can go to the Swachh Survekshan 2021 and fill the survey form.
Apart from the citizens review part, the survey is based on parameters like Segregation of waste, ban on plastic covers less than 50 microns in thickness, measures towards eradicating open defecation and urination, door to door garbage collection, and awareness campaigns about cleanliness.
Under the scheme, the ministry of ‘Housing and Urban Affairs,’ introduced a new category of award ‘Prerak Daaur Samman‘ as part of ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’. This award will be presented to the winning city.