Swachh Mahotsav 2019 was held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on 6 September 2019. The function was organised by Union Ministry of Jal Shakti. On this occasion, President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented the Swachh Bharat Awards in various categories for outstanding contribution to Swachh Bharat Mission.
On the occasion of Swachh Mahotsav 2019, Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat formally released ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’s Book on Behavior Change Communication’. The book was received by President Ram Nath Kovind.
President Kovind described cleanliness as pathway to success and highlighted that construction of toilets across country under Swachh Bharat Mission has become peoples’ campaign and not just a government campaign and at the same time helped in maintaining dignity of women as well as their empowermet. President highlighted that cleanliness is also an essential condition for success of ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ launched by government in 2019.
About Swachh Bharat Awards 2019
Best Swachh Iconic Place award: was awarded to Vaishno Devi Shrine Board in Jammu and Kashmir. The Shrine was selected on basis of overall improvement in sanitation.
Swachh Award in Swachhta Action Plan category: was awarded to Ministry of Railways.
Swachhta Pakhwada Award: was given to Department of Defence.
Power Grid Corporation received award in category of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).
Award for Open Defecation Free (ODF) and Behavior Change: were given to Gujarat and Sikkim.
Source : GK Today