Quality Council of India conducts “Swachh Survekshan” survey in 73 major cities (ULBs)
The 'Swachh Survekshan', is a survey commissioned by the Ministry of Urban Development – the first for Swachh Bharat Mission, launched on 2nd October 2014 by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The survey was conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI) to review the sanitation and hygiene conditions in 73 major cities (comprising 40% of India’s total urban population) – including 52 cities with a population of more than one million and all state capitals. The survey was conducted between 5th January 2016 and 20th January 2016. Results of ‘Swachh Survekshan’ were announced on 15th February 2016 by Union Minister of Urban Development, M. Venkaiah Naidu.
A highly qualified team of 110 survey assessors from Quality Austria Central Asia (An ISO: 17020 Certified accreditation inspection body with Scope: 27, 28, 39) were imparted rigorous training to ensure precision, uniformity and objectivity in collecting ground-level data. A 20 member control room served as a 24x7 helpline for tackling challenges and queries on a real time basis. Use of technological tools helped in minimizing human subjectivity and also in ensuring uniformity in assessment. The assessors were provided with Tablets to fill survey responses and capture evidence based pictures – which are also geo-tagged – to ensure accuracy and transparency in data collection.
Quality Council of India also prepared a dashboard which provides all the findings and results of the survey including category wise scores in service level status, evidence based pictures and citizen feedback evaluation (collected through a toll free number 1800-267-2777) for all 73 cities.
The survey offers a comprehensive assessment of the level of cleanliness, and the respective Municipal Corporation ’s level of preparedness in urban India and would help the government to mentor and guide cities on the basis of needs and gaps. .