Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Current Affairs - 2020

Sixth Edition of Swachh Survekshan Survey from 4th January 2021

Since its first edition back in 2016, the Swachh Survekshan survey has been conducted every year by making the process for conducting the survey more robust by redesigning it innovatively. The toolkit for the 2021 and the dates for the 6th edition of the Swachh Survekshan survey was launched by Hardeep Singh Puri (Union Minister of State (I/C) of Housing & Urban Affairs) on 3rd July 2020.

The Toolkit for Swachh Survekshan 2021 Indicators introduced will focus on public participation and encouragement for innovators in the cities.

The Swachh Survekshan Survey 2021 will be conducted from 4th January to 31st January 2021.

At the launch event, the portal of the integrated Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)- Urban Management Information System (MIS) was launched that will help in bringing various digital initiatives under a single platform. For states and cities, this portal will provide a unified and hassle-free experience for the creation of both Swachhta and Digital India.

New Category of Awards under 2021 Survey

Under title ‘Prerak Dauur Samman’ a new category of award was added to the 2021 Swachh Survekshan survey. The award will have five subcategories: Platinum (Divya), Bronze (Udit), Silver (Ujjwal), Gold (Anupam), and Aspiring (Arohi).

Swachh Survekshan Survey

This survey was launched in 2016 to encourage cities across the country to improve urban sanitation. The Swachh Survekshan Survey of 2018 was the World’s Largest Cleanliness Survey in which 4203 cities were ranked. This was further improved in 2019’s survey by surveying 4237 cities digitally in a record time period of 28 days.

For 3 consecutive years- 2017, 2018 and 2019 Indore has been the Cleanest City of India. In 2016 Mysore was the Cleanest. Results for the 2020 Survey were delayed due to COVID-19 but are expected to be released soon by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

MoU for providing Special Micro-Credit Facility for Street Vendors signed

The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lucknow based financial institution SIDBI- Small Industries Development Bank of India on 19th June 2020. The MoU will provide a boost in building Atmanirbhar Bharat by providing credit or loans to the street vendors across the country for resuming their livelihood activities.

About the MoU

The MoU authorizes SIDBI as the implementing agency for the Pradhan Mantri AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme. The scheme will be under the guidelines set up by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

PMSVANidhi

The scheme was launched on 1st June 2020 by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs with a target to provide financial support to more than 50 lakh street vendors across the country. A street vendor can avail a loan of up to Rs 10,000 under the scheme which has to be repaid within a period of 1 year, there will be no penalty for early repayment of the loan amount. For repayment of loan or credit, monthly installments can be availed by the vendor.

The interest on the loan amount will be 7%, which however will be credited back on a quarterly basis to the bank accounts on the beneficiary as interest subsidy –if the beneficiary is able to make timely repayment of the loan amount.

The scheme will be provided in a phased manner, with a total of 108 cities being selected for the first phase which is expected to commence in the month of July 2020.

To ensure collateral-free credit under the scheme, the credit guarantee for the lending institutions will be managed by SIDBI through the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE).