Swachh Survekshan-2017 : Criteria and Methodology

  • Swachh Survekshan-2017 commissioned by the Ministry of Urban Development  during January – February, 2017 aimed at capturing the improvement in sanitation scenario, primarily based on making cities and towns Open Defecation Free and improvement in processing of municipal solid waste.
  • Accordingly, it is outcome oriented.

Criteria and weightages for different components of sanitation related aspects used for the Survey are:

  • A: Solid Waste Management including Door-to-Door collection, Processing and Disposal,
        ODF status etc: 45% of total 2,000 marks i.e 900 marks
  • B: Citizen feedback : 30% i.e 600 of total marks
  • C: Independent observation : 25% i.e 500 marks
  • Quality Council of India conducted the survey 

About Quality Council of India

  • The Quality Council of India (QCI) is a pioneering experiment of the Government of India in setting up organizations in partnership with the Indian industry.


  • Since 1992 a need had been felt for the establishment of an accreditation body in the country to establish internationally acceptable mechanism for recognition of conformity assessment results.
  • As regards laboratories, an accreditation body under the Ministry of Science & Technology was already functioning. A committee which included various interested ministries and stakeholders including industries was established to make suitable recommendations.
  • The work was coordinated by the then Department of Industries (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion) and the recommendations were submitted to the Cabinet in 1996.
  • Key recommendations included the Need for establishing an organization jointly by the Government and the industry and the need for the organization to be self-sustaining and be away from the government.
  • Accepting the recommendations, the Cabinet Committee decided to set up Quality Council of India as a non-profit autonomous society registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 to establish an accreditation structure in the country and to spread quality movement in India by undertaking a National Quality Campaign.

Source: PIB & QCIN Site

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