Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Current Affairs

Swachh Delhi Abhiyan launched in Delhi

A special cleanliness drive, Swachh Delhi Abhiyan has been launched in the national capital Delhi to remove debris and garbage lying in various localities.

The drive was launched by Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and shall continue in New Delhi till the end November 2015 month.

Key facts

  • Launched as part of Union Government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
  • It is being undertaken up by the Union Government, Delhi government and all the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi.
  • Under the campaign, 3 municipal bodies in Delhi will clear the garbage and the concrete waste will be lifted by the Public Works Department (PWD) of Delhi government.
  • Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had launched a special mobile application to give a push to the drive.
  • Using this app and appilication people can send photographs of debris and garbage lying in their areas so that the concerned agencies could take steps to remove them.

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Government announces Rs. 20 lakh for each village Panchayat for the clean India mission.

More than 2,47,000 gram panchayats across the country will receive Rs. 20 lakh each per annum for the Clean India campaign of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan that was launched by the PM on October 2.

The discretion as to what project/work the funds should be used for is upto the gram panchayat, but it will have to be used towards improving sanitation.

Allocation of funds

This 20 lakh per gram panchayat will be provided from the Rs, 1,96,000 crore that will be spent on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan over a period of five years. Of this, the Ministry of Urban development has been allocated Rs. 62,000 cr for cleanliness and sanitation of urban areas while the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has been allocated Rs. 1,34,000 cr for the programme

 Source of Funds

Only a marginal portion of the funds will be appropriated from the Central Government.  The remainder of the funds will be raised through PPP mode by Stated and urban local bodies, private sector, levy of user charges, Corporate Social Responsibility, Swachh Bharat Kosh and other such measures.

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