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Title: India sets in motion Swachh Survekshan, world’s largest cleanliness survey
Date:4 January 2018

The Indian government on 4 January 2018 commenced what is being dubbed as the world’s largest cleanliness survey, the Swachh Survekshan survey. Surveyors will reach out to more than 200 urban local bodies on the first day and the entire exercise is expected to be completed by March. For the first time, the Swachh Survekshan survey will assess all the 4,041 towns in the country and cover a population of about 400 million people, said Mr V.K. Jindal, mission director of Swachh Bharat Mission at the ministry of housing and urban affairs. In its third iteration, the yearly cleanliness survey that arose as a mechanism to evaluate progress as well as deficiencies in waste management in urban areas has undergone several changes in response to criticism. Apart from negative marking, citizen feedback would also have a much higher weightage this year compared to previous years.

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