Sikkim has been adjudged the cleanest State of India. The result of the survey carried out last year by National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) was released by Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in New Delhi.
Tomar, who also heads Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry which released the report, maintained that the survey was conducted in 2015 and ‘lot of changes have taken place since then’ as far as the Swachh Bharat campaign is concerned.
According to latest report compiled by the Ministry on sanitation coverage, as on September 8, Sikkim has retained the top slot with 99.9% sanitation coverage, followed by Himachal Pradesh with 97.11% and Kerala 96.35%.
Sikkim scored 98.2 per cent on a scale of 100. While the other Northeast states like Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya scored 95.8, 88.6, 80.2 and 73 respectively and were in the top 10 spots.
It’s high time the other remaining states of the Northeast namely Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Tripura focuses on cleanliness as Arunachal Pradesh and Assam have huge tourism potential and plan to spend crores on getting celebrities from Bollywood to promote tourism.
If Assam wants to attract tourists, cleanliness should become a priority. Only then will tourists be able to enjoy everything that the Northeast has to offer. There is no point in making logos or roping in celebrities to promote the State unless it is clean and green.
Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir were on the list as some of the worst performing states relating to sanitation.