Swachhta Hi Seva 2019

The Prime Minister has called for an unprecedented campaign called “Swachhta Hi Seva” from 14th of September to the 2nd of October  2019 to celebrate the third anniversary of the flagship programme “Swachch Bharat Mission”. “Swachhta Hi Seva” campaign aims at fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India by mobilizing the masses and reinforcing “Jan Andolan” for sanitation.

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The launch of Swachhta Hi Seva (SHS) was organized jointly by the central Departments of Animal Husbandry and Dairying and Drinking Water and Sanitation and the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation was a ministry of the Government of India formed in 2011. From May 2019, the ministry has been merged with the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

This article provides relevant details about the “Swachhta hi Seva” which can be helpful for aspirants preparing for the Civil Services Exam

Swachhta Hi Seva 2019- Theme

This year the campaign “Swachhta Hi Seva” is based on the plastic waste management theme.

Swachhta hi Seva 2019 is intended to create mass awareness on plastic waste management between September 11 and October 1. Various activities will be conducted until the last day of the campaign to spread the awareness on the topic.

The campaign will also involve a nationwide shramdaan for plastic waste collection and segregation on October 2. The collected plastic waste will then be recycled and effectively disposed before Diwali, which is on October 27, 2019.

The campaign intends to mobilize people from various walks of life to undertake shramdaan (volunteering) for construction and cleanliness of toilets, make the country open defecation free.

Swachhta Hi Seva- Event Details

The campaign will see participation from people with a diverse background, like Chief Ministers, Union Ministers, celebrities and legislators. Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the convening Ministry for the Swachh Bharat Mission will take care of the coordination of the campaign.

Important Dates

Swachhta Hi Seva- Event Details Date
Mass awareness generation activities on Plastic Waste Management September 11, 2019 to October 1, 2019
Shramdaan for Plastic waste collection October 2, 2019
Effective disposal of the collected Plastic waste October 3, 2019 to October 27, 2019

The hallmark of the campaign would be to reach out to the poor, marginalized and providing them with sanitation services that are sustainable. The campaign was launched by the President of India at Ishwarigunj in Kanpur that has attained the open defecation free status.

The pledge was administered by the President initiating simultaneous actions in all the Gram Panchayats and cities in India.

List of some Eminent Personalities involved in the Event:

  1. Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
  2. Shri Yogi Adityanath
  3. Shri Rattan Lal Kataria

Apart from these personalities, there are delegates from various other Departments and Ministries who have an active involvement in the event of  Swachhta Hi Seva 2019.

To encourage the masses to participate and make the campaign successful, a special portal and a web page have been created by the Ministry to upload pre and post-intervention pictures of their shramdaan.

Three Sundays during the period will be dedicated for large scale shramdaan for cleaning of public places, lakes and ponds and construction of toilets. On October 2nd which is Gandhi Jayanti and also Swach Bharat Diwas, awards will be given away to the winners who participated in paintings,  essays etc focused on central police forces, schools, youth organizations besides general citizens.

Multiple Choice Question

Consider the following statements

  1. Swachhata Pakhwada started in April 2016 with the objective of bringing a fortnight of intense focus on the issues and practices of Swachhata by engaging Central Ministries and Departments in their jurisdiction
  2. NamamiGange Programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Water Resources (MOWR), comprising making villages on the bank of River Ganga ODF and interventions dealing with solid and liquid waste management are being implemented by MDWS.
  3. Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) is a multi-stakeholder initiative focusing on cleaning up 100 places across India that are “iconic” due to their heritage, religious and/or cultural significance.
  4. 4470 villages located across 52 districts of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal have been declared ODF with active help of state governments.

Which of the following options are correct?

A) None of the above statements are true

B) Only 1 and 4 are true

C) Only 3 and 4 are true

D) All the above statements are true

Answer: D

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