Center to launch week-long awareness campaign on SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge

Center to launch week-long awareness campaign on SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge


As part of the World Toilet Day celebrations, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development will launch a week-long awareness campaign on SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge (SSC) . A total of 246 cities are participating in SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge which is being conducted across the country.

Through this challenge, it is aimed to encourage cities to mechanise their sewer and septic tank cleaning operations in order to prevent deaths and fatalities of sanitation workers from hazardous entry.

The Ministry had launched the Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge on the occasion of World Toilet Day on 19th of November last year with the objective of eradicating the practice of hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks and promote mechanized cleaning of the same.  

On the launch of Swachh Surveskhan 2022, the Ministry also flagged off the field assessments for the challenge. The Ministry said that a range of awards and monetary incentives across population categories has been decided for the challenge.

For cities with 10 lakh population, the first prize will be 12 crore rupees, for three to ten lakh population, the fist prize will be 10 crore rupees and upto three lakh rupees, the first prize will be eight crore rupees. Further, two top-performing States and UTs will be recognized through Citation and Shield and cities adjudged 4th and 5th in each population category will also be recognized.

Under Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge, Call Centre and Helpline number for safe cleaning have been operationalized in 345 cities with 14420 helpline number till date for safe cleaning of septic tanks and sewers and registering complaints on hazardous cleaning.

In all, 31 States and UTs have established with Responsible Sanitation Authority and 210 cities are having the Sanitation Response Units (SRU). All 246 participating cities have already notified ban on single-use plastic (SUP).



 

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