According to the report released, based on evaluating the progress of States and Union Territories on social, economic and environmental parameters, Kerala retained its rank as the top state with a score of 70. Chandigarh too maintained its top spot among the UTs with a score of 70.
A social behavioural change led community movement, Satyagraha se Swacchagraha is an ambitious sanitation drive by the Central Government to bolster its Swachh Bharat Mission. Sensitising people in rural India about the importance of sanitation and cleanliness of their surroundings in day to day life, Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation talks to Manali Jaggi of BW SmartCities about this movement as more of a peoples’ movement driven for them, by them and from them. Edited Excerpts:-
Puri had last month announced the commencement of the country’s first-ever ‘Liability Index’ to rank 116 cities which include the identified Smart Cities and few more cities with a population of over 1 million.