The Presidents and Secretaries of the 7 Area Development Societies of Kudumbashree received the ‘Swachhatha Excellency Awards’ for the notable interventions made by them in the sanitation programmes in the state from Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India during the programme held at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, Dr. Rizal Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi on 22 March 2018.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs selected 7 Area Development Societies of Kudumbashree for ‘Swachhatha Excellency Awards’ for the notable interventions made by them in the sanitation programmes. The awards were announced at the workshop conducted prior to the award distribution programme. Award Money of Rs 1.5 Lakh, along with memento and certificate was given away to the Kazhakootam ADS of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation which came in the first place. Kalady ADS of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation, Thamarakuzhi ADS & Moonnampadi ADS of Malappuram Municipality which came second were given an award money of Rs. 1 Lakh, along with mementos and certificates. Chappara ADS of Kodungalloor Municipality, Kulathoor ADS and Punnakkamughal ADS of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation which came in the third place were given award money of Rs 50,000 along with along with mementos and certificates. The Awards are for the various interventions that Kudumbashree ADSs made in vector control, waste disposal mechanisms, awareness campaigns, organic manure promotion, grow bag cultivation, plastic recycling etc.
The selection committee including Shri. S. Harikishore, Executive Director, Kudumbashree, Smt. Haritha V Kumar, Director, Urban Affairs Department and Shri. Binu Francis, Programme Officer, Kudumbashree selected and sent the 21 entries out of the 206 entries received from the various urban local bodies to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. The officials from Quality Council of India had inspected the 21 shortlisted ADSs and submitted the reports. It is on its basis that the selection committee presided by the Joint Secretary, Ministry Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India selected the best performing ADSs from Kerala.