President Droupadi Murmu awarded the annual Swachh Survekshan prizes at a Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs event held in the capital today.
In her address, Murmu lauded the survekshan initiative involving extensive participation for raising cleanliness standards nationwide. She appreciated the focus on women empowerment and safety of sanitation workers.
The President emphasized the need to eliminate manual scavenging through mechanized cleaning of sewers and manholes – calling it critical for a humane society.
Murmu also highlighted the reuse, recycle concepts of circular economy that can boost sustainable growth including in waste management. She stated that the “value from waste” approach can generate electricity from landfills.
Nearly one-third of India’s population lives in cities where dumpsites pose immense health hazards. Murmu expressed confidence that the Swachh Bharat Mission will help achieve the zero dumpsite target.
The President urged the youth who are pivotal stakeholders, to lead the charge in realizing India’s goal of becoming the cleanest nation by 2047 – the centenary of independence.
The Swachh Survekshan model has helped revolutionize civic administration and public participation around sanitation. States and cities are recognized for innovations to transform dirty streets and illegal garbage dumps.