K. Raghupati Bhat, MLA, launched the Swachh Survekshan Grameen-2018 (Rural Cleanliness Survey) programme at the Udupi Taluk Panchayat Hall here on Saturday.

He said that cleanliness could not be attained at once; it required concerted efforts and more time. It was not just officials, but also people who should be involved in the cleanliness drive to make it a success.

Udupi district had already been declared as Open Defecation Free. But maintaining cleanliness and sanitation was a continuous process. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted the country to be completely clean by 2020, he said.

One-month survey

Srinivas Rao, Chief Planning Officer of Zilla Panchayat, said that under the Swachh Sarevekshan, a team from the Union government would visit randomly selected villages and observe cleanliness levels. It would also observe cleanliness in anganwadis, public places, religious places and hospitals. It would also collect public opinion. The survey will be conducted from August 1 to 30, he said.

Lalaji Mendon, Kaup MLA; Dinakar Babu, president of Zilla Panchayat; Sheela K. Shetty, vice-president; and Nalini P. Rao, president of Udupi Taluk Panchayat, were present.

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