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Did Maharashtra rob MP of third best state award in Swachh Survekshan 2018?

The best state award, unlike the other categories, did not include factors like the size of the state and the number of cities in the state.

Bhopal: Even though the Centre is yet to announce all the results of Swachh Survekshan 2018, questions are being raised on the awards announced on May 16.

The biggest irregularity is being alleged in the best state award as Madhya Pradesh missed out on the top-three position in this category due to cheating by Maharashtra, said sources. The best state award, unlike the other categories, did not include factors like the size of the state and the number of cities in the state.

Allegations have also been levelled that in some cities the number of citizens who gave feedback was fraudulently increased.

The Centre has also not released the results for all the 4,203 cities that were part the survey. It only announced the first, second and the third positions (Indore, Bhopal & Chandigarh respectively). Also, 56 awards were announced in various categories at the last moment, and irregularities are being alleged in these awards.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may announce all the rankings in Indore on June 23.

No guidelines issued for best state awards

  • MP government has written a letter to the Centre and asked for details of the parameters on the basis of which the awards were announced. The MP government has also asked why these parameters were not declared earlier.
  • Sources said that no information pertaining to the best state award was included in the Swachh Survekshan 2018 guidelines.
  • They alleged that officers in the Union government created the award themselves, and the states that were aware of the award lobbied for the same.

How did Maharashtra cheat?

  • The best state award, unlike the other categories, did not include factors like the size of the state and the number of cities in the state.
  • However, Maharashtra which bagged the second place, did not include all its cities in the survey.
  • Maharashtra, which got the survey conducted in only 257 of the 399 cities in the state, won the second position as its average score was high.
  • They said if Maharashtra had included all its cities in the survey, MP could have finished third in the best state category.
  • This criteria gave the smaller states an advantage as they have fewer cities. That’s the reason Jharkhand was declared the best state.
  • MP included all its 378 cities in the survey. But, as 56 cities were not open defecation free, MP lagged in the overall rankings, said sources.
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