NEW DELHI: Telengana was adjudged among the three cleanest large states in the country while Assam finished at the bottom of the list, along with two other states, in the rural cleanliness survey or Swachh Survekshan Grameen (SSG) 2022.
Assam, Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir were the three worst performers in the Swachh Survekshan Grameen (SSG) 2022 even as Telangana, Haryana and Tamil Nadu emerged as the cleanest among all large states on parameters of rural sanitation.
Bhiwani in Haryana is the cleanest among districts even as the second and third best performers' award were bagged by Jagtial and Nizamabad districts of Telangana.
Golaghat district of Assam finished at the bottom of a list of 709 districts which were ranked in the SSG survey.
The two other worst performers were from Bihar – Banka (708 rank) and Katihar (707).
Since Delhi and Chandigarh are fully urbanised UTs, these were not ranked
President Droupadi Murmu on Sunday released the survey report, which has ranked states and districts on the basis of their performance attained on qualitative and quantitative parameters and engagement of the rural community in improvement of their sanitation status.
On Saturday, she released the sanitation status of urban areas, during which the ranking of states and cities were announced. While the housing and urban affairs ministry carries out the Swachhta ranking of urban areas, the Jal Shakti ministry conducts the survey of rural areas
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, which is now celebrated as Swachh Bharat Diwas as well, Murmu also released the status report on "Functionality Assessment of Tap Connections" under the Jal Jeevan Mission.
Puducherry received the best performer award under the more than 60% coverage category while Goa was ranked second.
Under the less than 60% coverage category, Tamil Nadu ranked first and Meghalaya came second. Murmu also gave away a special award to the Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh for being the first "Har Ghar Jal" certified district.
President Murmu also said that like truth and non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi insisted on cleanliness. She said once Gandhiji had said that if the habit of cleanliness was inculcated in children, from the very beginning, then they would remain conscious of cleanliness throughout their life.