WD News: The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu presided over the Swachh Bharat Diwas-2022 event of the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti, to commemorate the birth anniversary of swachhata inspiration and Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on October 2nd 2022.
This year, to encourage and commend the efforts of the States/UTs, accelerating the ODF Plus and Har Ghar Jal momentum and strengthening the people’s movement – Jan Andolan towards comprehensive sanitation, awardees for both Swachh Bharat Mission – Grameen (SBM-G) and Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) were felicitated by President.
The Union Minister for Jal Shakti Mr Gajendra Singh Shekhawat along with Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Mr Giriraj Singh, Minister of State for Jal Shakti & Tribal affairs, Mr Bishweswar Tudu and Minister of State for Jal Shakti & Food Processing Industries Mr Prahlad Singh Patel also conferred the awards to best performing States/UTs for Swachh Survekshan Grameen (SSG) 2022, Swachhta Hi Sewa 2022, Sujlam 1.0 & 2.0, JJM Functionality Assessment, Har Ghar Jal Certification and winners of Start-up Grand Challenge for innovative technology for Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM), National film competition for Gram Panchayats on various components of ODF+, National Wall painting competition on SBM(G).
The President was presented the first copies of Swachh Survekshan 2022 and JJM Functionality Assessment 2022 reports by Union Minister of Jal Shakti Mr Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
The President, Smt Droupadi Murmu gave the Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2022 awards under large state category to Telangana, Haryana & Tamil Nadu; under Small States & UT category to A&N Islands, DNH D&D and Sikkim in that order and to Bhiwani (Haryana) as overall Top Performing District.
This was followed by the President conferring the awards for Jal Jeevan Mission Functionality Assessment. In the more than 60% tap water coverage category, Puducherry and Goa were felicitated; in less than 60% tap water coverage category Tamil Nadu and Meghalaya secured the first and second position. Smt Murmu also gave the award to Burhanpur District, M.P for being the first ‘Har Ghar Jal’ certified district in the country, where all the villages through Gram Sabhas declared themselves as ‘Har Ghar Jal’.
In her speech, the President remembered Gandhiji and expressed that his thoughts were eternal.
The rest of the awards for both Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2022 and for Jal Jeevan Mission Functionality Assessment were presented by Union Minister of Jal Shakti Mr Gajendra Singh Shekhawat along with Ministers of State for Jal Shakti – Mr Bishweswar Tudu and Mr Prahlad Singh Patel.
In his address, Union Minister Mr Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said that Swachh Bharat Mission became more than just a government program and metamorphosed into a people’s movement – a Jan Andolan, which has completely transformed the picture of rural India.
The following categories of awards were presented at the event:
- Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2022
- Swachhta Hi Sewa (SHS) 2022
- Jal Jeevan Mission – Functionality Assessment
- Start-up Grand Challenge
- Har Ghar Jal States/UTs & Districts
- Sujlam 1.0 & 2.0
- National Film Competition
- National Wall Painting Competition
Union Jal Shakti Minister also released Swachh Survekshan Grameen (SSG) 2022 report and JJM Functionality Assessment 2022 report and handed over the first copies of these reports to the President of India.
During this event the Union Minister of Jal Shakti also announced Swachh Survekshan Grameen (SSG) 2023 and Jal Jeevan Survekshan (JJS) 2023. Further, the Department also launched the following campaigns on this occasion:
- “Retrofit to Twin Pit Abhiyan” for promoting twin pit toilets in households towards improved faecal sludge management.
- ‘Swachh Jal Se Suraksha’: The campaign on water quality will help create awareness on the importance of clean and safe drinking water and also help to monitor the quality of water supplied in rural households