The Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra, has launched the field assessment of Swachh Survekshan, 2021. This is the 6th edition of cleanliness survey which is conducted by the Central Government.


In 2016, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs introduced the Swachh Survekshan 2021. It was launched as a competitive framework in a bid to encourage the cities to improve their status of the urban sanitation. It also encourages the citizens to participate on a large scale. In 2016, when this initiative was launched, only 73 cities with million plus population were grown. But in the subsequent surveys, the number of cities increased. In the year 2017, 434 cities were covered; in 2018, 4203 cities were covered; in 2019, 4237 cities were covered while it further raised to 4242 cities in 2020. It also includes 62 cantonment boards. Since 2016, the cities are regularly filling their data and updating their progress in the MIS along with the other citizen centric campaign.

Significance of the Survekshan

The Swachh Survekshan was laid down the spirit of healthy competition between the cities and towns of India.

How the survey is conducted?

The on-field assessments for the survekshan takes place in between 4-31st January every year. This year it got delayed due to coronavirus. The assessment will be conducted between 1-28th March 2021.

About Swachh Survekshan 2021

The framework for the Swachh survekshan is redesigned innovatively every year in order to ensure that this process becomes stronger. This in order to maintain the sustainability in the sanitation value chain, indicators for 2021 will focus on parameters like wastewater treatment and reuse and the faecal sludge. It would also be focusing on the waste management and remediation of landfills.

Field Assessment of Swachh Survekshan 2021