IMPHAL, Aug 21 - Jiribam in Manipur has become the cleanest town among towns with less than 25,000 population in India�s North East Zone, according to the Swachh Survekshan 2020 survey results.
Wangjing-Lamding, also in Manipur, and Singtam in Sikkim, bagged the second and third positions in the same category in the North East Zone, the results of which were announced by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri through a virtual ceremony on Thursday.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Chief Minister N Biren Singh wrote, �Congratulations! Jiribam is the # CleanestCity in the North East Zone (Less than 25,000 Population) at the Swachh Survekshan 2020, the result of which was announced today.�
On winning the title, Moirangthem Surjit, Executive Officer of the Jiribam Municipal Council in Manipur, said that the credit for this would go to the timely contributions made by sanitary workers in particular, besides the chairperson, councillors and the public in general.
In the North East Zone (25,000 to 50,000 population) category, Thoubal and Kakching towns, both in Manipur, also bagged the second and fourth positions, while the first position went to Mokokchung (Nagaland).
Swachh Survekshan was introduced by the Government with the objective of generating large-scale citizen participation in the mission, along with inculcating a spirit of healthy competition among cities towards becoming clean.
Swachh Survekshan 2020 survey, which was carried out in 28 days, covered a total of 4,242 cities, 62 cantonment boards and 92 Ganga towns and saw an unprecedented participation of 1.87 crore citizens.
This is the fifth edition of the survey that was introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January, 2016.