As part of the Swachhta Pakhwada, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) organized a Swachh Bharat Grand Challenge to reward innovative solutions by DIPP recognized start-ups in the country. Four areas – sanitation, waste management, water & wastewater management and air management were selected for the challenge. 165 applications were received from 70 districts in 22 states.
Four Areas selected for the grand challenge:
- Waste Management
- Water and Wastewater management
- Air Management
The objective of the award:
This was organized to reward innovative solutions by DIPP recognized Start-ups in the country.
Unique solutions were received from start-ups who had also filed for intellectual property rights.
About Swachhata Pakhwada –
It was started in April 2016 with the objective of bringing a fortnight of intense focus on the issues and practices of Swachhata by engaging GOI Ministries/Departments in their jurisdictions.
An annual calendar is pre-circulated among the Ministries to help them plan for the Pakhwada activities.
They are monitored closely using online monitoring system of Swachhata Samiksha where action plans, images, videos related to Swachhata activities are uploaded and shared.
After the observation, Ministries/Departments announce their achievements through a press conference and other communication tools.
For the Pakhwada fortnight, observing ministries are considered as Swachhata Ministries and are expected to bring qualitative Swachhata improvements in their jurisdictions.