Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs to Host Inaugural Pey Jal Survekshan Awards

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs to Host Inaugural Pey Jal Survekshan Awards

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has announced the inaugural Pey Jal Survekshan Awards, scheduled for March 5th, 2024, at Vigyan Bhawan. The awards aim to recognize excellence in the water sector among cities and states across India.

Event Details:

  • Date and Venue: March 5th, 2024, at Vigyan Bhawan.
  • Presiding Officer: Her Excellency, Smt. Droupadi Murmu, the President of India.

Award Categories:

  1. Pey Jal Gold, Silver, and Bronze City Awards:
    • Gold: 1st position in respective population categories (1 to 10 Lakh, 10 to 40 Lakh, and More than 40 Lakh).
    • Silver: 2nd position.
    • Bronze: 3rd position.
  2. Other Categories Include:
    • Best Water Body
    • Sustainability Champion
    • Reuse Champion
    • Water Quality
    • City Saturation
    • AMRUT 2.0 Rotating Trophy of the Year

Evaluation Process:

  • Evaluation conducted under AMRUT 2.0 in 485 cities.
  • Parameters include access, coverage, water quality, sustainability, SCADA/flowmeters availability, and reuse of treated water.
  • Grading based on a star rating scale from 5 stars to No star.

Purpose and Objectives:

  • Recognize cities and states ensuring clean and sustainable water resources.
  • Celebrate excellence in the water sector.
  • Launch the AMRUT Mitra initiative.

AMRUT Mitra Initiative:

  • Aims to involve women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in urban water management.
  • Women SHGs designated as key contributors in household water management.
  • Engaged in executing AMRUT 2.0 projects including billing, leak detection, water quality sampling, etc.
  • Promotes inclusivity, diversity, and gender equality.
  • Anticipated outcomes include socio-economic upliftment of women SHGs and increased awareness.

Impact of Pey Jal Survekshan:

  • Drives ULB decision-making and enhances service delivery.
  • Fosters citizen engagement and ownership.
  • Promotes water conservation and optimal use.

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs):

  1. When are the first Pey Jal Survekshan Awards scheduled to take place?
    • A) March 5th, 2024
    • B) March 10th, 2024
    • C) April 5th, 2024
    • D) February 5th, 2024
    • Answer: A) March 5th, 2024
  2. Who will preside over the Pey Jal Survekshan Awards event?
    • A) Prime Minister of India
    • B) President of India
    • C) Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs
    • D) Chief Minister of Delhi
    • Answer: B) President of India
  3. What is the highest accolade in the Pey Jal Survekshan Awards?
    • A) Platinum City Award
    • B) Gold City Award
    • C) Silver City Award
    • D) Bronze City Award
    • Answer: B) Gold City Award
  4. Which initiative aims to involve women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in urban water management?
    • A) AMRUT 2.0
    • B) Pey Jal Gold Award
    • C) AMRUT Mitra
    • D) Water Quality Champion Initiative
    • Answer: C) AMRUT Mitra
  5. What is one of the anticipated outcomes of the Pey Jal Survekshan initiative?
    • A) Decrease in citizen engagement
    • B) Decreased awareness about water conservation
    • C) Socio-economic upliftment of women SHGs
    • D) Increased water pollution
    • Answer: C) Socio-economic upliftment of women SHGs