GHMC to push the pedal for awareness on civic issues among citizens, Students to be roped in for campaign

UFERWAS Felicitates 165 GHMC Staff for achieving top rank in Swachh Survekshan 2018

Hyderabad, May 25

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will intensify its campaign to create awareness among citizens on different civic issues, particularly on dry and wet waste segregation across the city, Commissioner Dr B Janardhan Reddy said on Thursday.

This is sought to be achieved by involving the young in the effort, he said adding about 10 lakh students would be roped in to kick off the campaign to build a viral impact and increase awareness.

The GHMC Commissioner was speaking at a felicitation function organized by the United Federation of RWAs (U-FERWAS), where 165 sanitation field staff, who contributed to make Hyderabad "The Best State Capital City" in the Swachh Survekshan 2018 rankings announced by the Centre earlier this month.

Apart from the GHMC Commissioner, SCOWTRA President Dr Rao VBJ  Chelikani felicitated the staff who hail from 30 circle offices of the GHMC at a well-attended function at the Hari Hara Kala Bhavan, Secunderabad.

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A special felicitation was carried out for five of these workers, who were nominated by the Deputy Commissioners, in the categories of Best Swachh Auto Driver, Best Swachh Rickshaw Driver, Best Swachh Sweeper, Best Swachh Sanitation Supervisor.

The National Level Awards in 52 categories were announced by the Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Mr Hardeep Singh Puri on May 16 in New Delhi when GHMC was according the Best City in Solid Waste Disposal for the National Level Award (Capital Cities/UTs).

In fact, for the first time, four cities including Greater Hyderabad from Telangana found top place in the rankings which have been in place since 2016. The Surveys that were conducted across the country assessed 4203 Urban Local Bodies impacting around 40 Crore Urban Citizens and was aimed to estimate the levels of cleanliness across cities and peoples’ satisfaction levels.  

While Hyderabad was adjudged the best at the National Level in solid waste management, Siddipet bagged the cleanest city tag, while Boduppal got the Best Citizen Feedback recognition.  Peerzadaguda was recognized as the town with the best best practices and innovations.

The methodology for 'Swachh Survekshan' 2018 came in for appreciation from environmental advocacy groups that lauded the improved system for this year particularly on waste management. There was more focus on innovation and adoption of sustainable waste management practices in this survey, they noted.   

The objective of the Swachh Survekshan Survey is 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. Additionally, the survey also intends to foster a spirit of healthy competition among towns and cities to improve their service delivery to citizens, towards creating cleaner cities.

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