India’s first Swachh Sujal Pradesh

India’s first Swachh Sujal Pradesh

Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has declared that Andaman and Nicobar Islands is now India’s first Swachh Sujal Pradesh, in a major development. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat handed over the certificate of India’s first Swachh Sujal Pradesh to Lieutenant Governor Admiral DK Joshi at a organized function in Port Blair.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands is now become the India’s first “Clean and Sujal Pradesh” and all the villages of the state have now been certified as Har Ghar Jal and ODF Plus.

Swachh Sujal Pradesh event:

The Union Minister addressed the event and appreciated the numerous efforts and the sanitation level of the country that has widened and ODF status could be achieved before the set target as per Sustainable Development Goals.

It has been stated that now the focus is shifted to basics like water, toilets, and sanitation as more than one lakh 10 thousand villages became ODF plus.

3 significant components of Sujal and Swachh tag:

  1. Safe and secure drinking water supply and management
  2. ODF Plus: ODF Sustainability and Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) and
    cross-cutting interventions like convergence, IEC, action planning, etc.
  3. Safe and secure drinking water supply and its management is a main aspect of the Sujal and Swachh

Andaman and Nicobar achieved 100% of tap water connection:

On World Water Day, 22 March 2021, Andaman and Nicobar Islands had been declared to have completed 100% coverage of rural households with tap water connection.

Even it became the third State/UT in the country to achieve 100% coverage of rural households with tap water supply after Goa and Telangana.

How UT administration raising awareness?

  • The UT presented street plays, or nukkad nataks, in 14 locations throughout the South and Middle Andaman Islands in 2020–2021 to raise awareness and promote public participation.
  • The UT administration marketed poster and video-making contests and installed hoardings and banners to increase awareness among school-age children.
  • The UT administration distributed children’s booklets on water conservation and awareness in Hindi and English.

Question & Answer:

Q1. Which Indian state/UT has now become declared as the India’s first Swachh Sujal Pradesh?

Ans. Andaman & Nicobar Union Territory

Q2. Who declared the India’s first Swachh Sujal Pradesh recently?

Ans. Jal Shakti Ministry (union minister- Gajendra Singh Shekhawat)

Q3. Who is the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT?

Ans. Admiral DK Joshi

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