Telangana was awarded the first place in the large states category of the Swachh Survekshan Grameen (SSG) 2022, while Haryana came in second and Tamil Nadu coming in third. The awards were presented by President Droupadi Murmu.
The Swachh Survekshan Gramin-2022 award grades states and districts based on their performance on key quantitative and qualitative Swachh Bharat Mission – Gramin (SBM-G) parameters, as well as the rural community’s engagement in improving sanitation.
Andaman and Nicobar ranked first among smaller states and Union territories, followed by Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Sikkim.
President Murmu spoke on the occasion, emphasising the importance of creating a clean, healthy, and self-sufficient India. She said “Only 3.23 crore rural households had tap water supply at the start of the Jal Jeevan Mission, which has now increased to 10.27 crore in three years. Access to safe drinking water has resulted in a significant reduction in water-borne diseases in recent years.”
“But our ambition is much greater. We must set an example for the rest of the world in terms of water management and sanitation “She stated. The awards were presented on 02nd October 2022, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.