Bhopal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office has ordered an inquiry into a complaint that data was fudged in evaluating performances of cities in Madhya Pradesh during Swachh Survekshan 2019. The ministry of housing and urban affairs has been asked to investigate.
Eight cities of MP — Indore Ujjain, Dewas, Bhopal, Khargone, Nagda, Singrauli, and Jabalpur — figured among the top 25 cleanest cities of India in the last survey. Indore was #1, while Bhopal slipped from second place to 19th. Ujjain was adjudged cleanest medium city (population 3-10 lakh). The ministry of urban affairs has been conducting Swachh Survekshan every year since 2016 to evaluate cities on cleanliness standards.
Gwalior resident Sandeep Sharma claims to have documents and data analysis reports to prove that facts and figures were distorted by consulting agencies in connivance with a section of officials of the urban administration. He filed a complaint with the PMO, which forwarded it to urban affairs ministry for investigation.
Sharma’s pain? “Gwalior was placed at 32nd rank despite the outstanding work by its municipality to keep the city clean. Gwalior is being counted among the dirtiest cities in the country because false data was submitted and this should be exposed,” Sharma told TOI.
Sharma says he will file a petition for court-monitored inquiry. “My idea is to clean up the stigma that Gwalior residents are facing. Survey companies are paid in crores from public money, so we have every right to challenge their work,” he argued.
Madhya Pradesh won the best performing state award for solid waste management in the 2019 survey in terms of door-to-door garbage collection, segregation, recycling, and composting. In 2018, MP was certified the first in the country to achieve 100% door-to-door garbage collection. And in 2017, all urban areas of the state were declared ODF with construction of 4.80 lakh household toilets.
“Gwalior performed better than many other cities under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), but false data management by agencies led to its defeat in the 2019 survey. It was downgraded in comparison to Indore, Bhopal, Ujjain, Jabalpur, Chhindwara, Neemuch, Peethampur, Devas, Singrauli and Khargon,” Sharma alleged in his complaint to PMO.
Gwalior got only 200 marks out of 500, whereas Singrauli got 500 marks despite applying with similar documents, he claims, alleging that data was generated without physical verification. “I have requested the PMO to conduct a fair and impartial inquiry and constitute a committee for proper assessment of ranking,” Sharma added.



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