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Jharkhand bags best-performing award in cleanliness ranking

Ranchi: Jharkhand on Saturday formally received an award for the best performing state among all the states with less than 100 urban local bodies category in this year’s Swachch Survekshan 2021, a centrally sponsored cleanliness ranking. President Ramnath Kovind handed over the award to state urban development department secretary Vinay Kumar Choubey at a ceremony at Delhi’s Vidyan Bhavan. He also presented a certificate and an idol of Mahatma Gandhi to the team Jharkhand. Choubey was accompanied by director, SUDA, Amit Kumar as state representatives. 

Under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban, the Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs in collaboration with the Quality Council of India, every year confers awards in different categories to the cities (urban bodies) across India.

During the award ceremony, two urban bodies of Jharkhand—Jamshedpur and Jugsalai — were also felicitated in different categories. Jamshedpur was ranked 2nd in the Safai Mitra Suraksha Challenge among the cities with a population of 3-10 lakh whereas, Jugsalai has been awarded as the best city in the Citizen Feedback category among the cities with a population of 25,000-50,000 in the eastern zone.

Chief minister Hemant Soren said, “It’s an honour for us to be selected as the best-performing state in the Swachh Survekshan 2021 award. I thank all the people of the state for their contribution in keeping our cities clean.”