Under the Swachhta Stars, a joint initiative of Bathinda administration and Municipal Corporation, being held in all 50 wards of city, six schools have acquired five-star ranking, meanwhile several others clinched four-stars after the survey of cleanliness and hygiene.
While confirming the development here today, the SDM Bathinda Sakshi Sawhney said that Government Girls Secondary School Mall Road, MHR Public School Malviya Nagar, SSD Moti Ram KMV, Lord Rama Public School, Guru Nanak Dev Public Senior Secondary School Kamla Nehru Colony, MSD Senior Secondary School clinched five-stars.
The Swachhta Stars is being conducted in Bathinda under the aegis of Municpal Commissioner Bathinda, Sanyam Aggarwal, IAS.
Bathinda SDM added that 71 government, aided and private schools of Bathinda city have submitted self appraisal forms under Swachhta Stars and the establishments have been ranked on the basis of availability of drinking water, waste management, hygiene, infrastructure, Swatchhta awareness among students etc. She added that the survey carries total 100 marks and each star has been given after the completion of 20 marks.
Sawhney said that some factors were missing in several schools and such schools have been directed to complete all the necessary requirements being needed for the overall development of the students.
A team headed by SDM Ms Sakshi Sahwney, Gurwinder Mann Programme Coordinator,Vanshita Puri from Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Corporation (PMIDC); Karan, Lovenish, Rinku, Lokpal, Navdeep, Lovepreet and Arshdeep (all motivators); and officials of education department conducted survey-scrutiny of the establishments that had given forms.
She said that the objective of the survey was to encourage large scale citizen participation and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities a better place to live in. She added that the survey under the ‘Swachh Survekshan-2018’ also intends to foster a spirit of healthy competition among towns and cities to improve their service delivery to citizens, towards creating cleaner cities.
Notably, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, government of India, had conducted ‘Swachh Survekshan-2016’ survey for the rating of 73 cities in January 2016 for the first time and it was followed by ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ conducted in January- February 2017 ranking 434 cities. The ministry has targeted to cover as many as 4041 cities across the country for Swachh Survekshan-2018.