During the International Zero Waste Day 2023 in New Delhi, Sh. Hardeep S. Puri, The Hon’ble Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, announced that 1000 cities are targeted to achieve a 3-Star Garbage Free rating by October 2024. The GFC-Star rating protocol, launched in January 2018 to promote a competitive and mission-driven approach among ULBs, has seen a significant increase in certification since its inception.
The Minister commended the ‘Swachhta Doots‘ from all over the country, praising them for being agents of change and leaders in their communities, as well as for their ability to turn challenges into opportunities for livelihood.
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More about Swachhotsav:
- Swachhotsav is a government initiative to promote cleanliness and hygiene in India.
- Launched in 2019, it aims to raise awareness about the importance of cleanliness, encourage citizen participation, and recognize those who contribute to the cleanliness drive.
- The initiative involves school children, youth, and technology to make the cleanliness drive more efficient.
- Its goal is to make 1000 cities 3-Star Garbage Free by October 2024 and create a cleaner and healthier India.
- Swachhotsav events are held at national, state, and city levels and include campaigns, drives, competitions, workshops, and seminars to engage citizens and create a sense of responsibility.
Objectives of Swachhotsav 2023
- To create awareness among citizens about the importance of cleanliness and hygiene in their daily lives.
- To encourage citizens to participate in the cleanliness drive and make it a mass movement.
- To recognize and reward individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the cleanliness drive.
- To involve school children and youth in the cleanliness drive and make them aware of their responsibilities towards cleanliness and hygiene.
- To promote the use of technology and innovation in the cleanliness drive and make it more efficient and effective.
- To achieve the goal of making 1000 cities 3-Star Garbage Free by October 2024.
- To make India a cleaner and healthier nation.
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