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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan wants School Curriculum to have Waste Management

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Mumbai, April 20, 2017: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has been associated with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, says that waste management should be part of the school curriculum.

“Waste management is a huge problem. We need to inculcate a kind of thinking and training at a very young age. As a part of the school curriculum, we need to have a class where this is taught,” he said on Thursday.

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The actor was present at the launch of Season 4 of NDTV-Dettol Banega Swachh India where he spoke about the ways to keep the city clean.

“Our purpose here is linked to cleanliness. We need to sort our waste. If we sort the waste where it is generated, it will be easy to recycle this. We can reduce the burden of garbage on our country” said Amitabh.

Big B is the Campaign Ambassador of NDTV-Dettol Banega Swachh India.

“I feel that every time I travel, places are looking a lot cleaner. Certain areas of Mumbai which were known to be dirty are cleaner. I think there is a greater consciousness” he said.

Big B added: “I’m very happy that Swachh Bharat has taken off and done so well, but we now need to take the next step. We need to collect, segregate and compost this waste. Compost is a very healthy ingredient. It can be used as fertilizer.”

He feels it would be wonderful if while taking care of our own backyards, we would take care of other’s front yards as well.

“But I think even if we go and clean up waste thrown by someone else, it would set an example” he said. (IANS)

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Cleanliness Survey Taps into Toilets Usability, Sludge, Waste Management

A national-level survey of cleanliness of cities is slated to begin from January 4, leading to the final Swachh Survekshan 2020 rankings

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The Puri administration claimed that it is the world's largest coastal clean-up drive that aims to sensitise people about the importance of clean beaches. Pixabay

BY SUMIT SAXENA 

The Swachh Survekshan (SS) League 2020, which monitors cities on the basis of cleanliness, quantifies cleanliness into three crucial segments — usability of toilets, faecal sludge management and waste management.

SS League is conducted in three quarters – April-June, July-September and October-December – with the aim of sustaining the on-ground performance of cities along with monitoring of when it comes to cleanliness. A total of 4,237 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) cities participated in the league.

The measurement indicators within the Survekshan were redesigned to capture whether initiatives taken by cities are sustainable in the long run, thus going beyond ODF status and looking into the sustainability other crucial segments, which includes meeting protocols ward of a ULBs, and bylaws and regulatory compliance, contributing to quantify cleanliness in the country.

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Students and volunteers were found joining in large numbers to clean beaches near Ramachandi Temple, Konark and Astarang area along the coastline across the district. Pixabay

Indore ranked first consecutively in first and second quarter results of the SS League, among the cities where population is more than 10 lakh. Indore’s success establishes that ULBs have efficiently complied with protocols, regulations and bylaws. This year a fourth assessment protocol, citizen feedback, was introduced under Swachh Bharat Mission, which includes certification of cities on ODF+/ODF++ and star rating of garbage free cities by independent third parties.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs secretary Durga Shanker Mishra had said Indore, which was number one in the past three sanitation surveys, continues to occupy the top slot in the first two quarters of 2019. Bhopal, second in the first quarter, was replaced by Rajkot (Gujarat) in the second quarter. Surat was at third position in the first quarter, but Navi Mumbai replaced it in the second quarter rankings.

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Jamshedpur, in the category among with population between 1 lakh and 10 lakh, was at the top in both quarters. New Delhi Municipal Council ranked fifth in the SS League, and the other municipal corporations ranked very poorly on the table. South Delhi Municipal Corporation was at 138; East Delhi Municipal Corporation ranked at 240; and North Delhi Municipal Corporation ranked at 282.

A national-level survey of cleanliness of cities is slated to begin from January 4, leading to the final Swachh Survekshan 2020 rankings. (IANS)