Swachh Bharat - Current Affairs Questions and Answers

1)   What is the new campaign for promotion of toilet usage launched on May 30, 2017 called?

a. Darwaza Band
b. Swachh Bharat
c. Swachh India
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Darwaza Band

For promotion of toilet usage across the country’s villages, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has come out with an aggressive new campaign called Darwaza Band starting May 30th, 2017.

Iconic actor, Shri Amitabh Bachchan, who leads the campaign, will be launching it.

The campaign has been supported by the World Bank and is being rolled out countrywide immediately after the launch.

It is designed to encourage behaviour change in men who have toilets but are not using them.

The campaign also features actor, Ms Anushka Sharma, who will be seen encouraging women to stand up for this issue in their villages and assume a leadership role.

Shri Bachchan has been a major supporter and ambassador for the Swachh Bharat Mission and is already associated with its ongoing campaigns.

Behaviour change has been the focus of Swachh Bharat Mission, which is being pursued through a countrywide comprehensive IEC(Information-Education-Communication) programme.

Communication campaigns have been taken up both, at the central and State levels, for promoting sustained use of toilets and for sustaining the Open Defecation Free status achieved.

2)   Which ministry launched a Swachh Bharat app for ASI monuments?

a. Culture
b. WCD
c. Social Empowerment
d. Environment
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Culture

Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma has launched Swachh Bharat app at the National Museum in New Delhi.

The app will enable visitors to report garbage on the premises of the ASI monuments across the country.

Around 30 galleries in the National Museum have already been equipped with a device that will make use of the intranet to connect to the app.

The services of the app will be soon rolled out in 116 monuments under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) across the country.

The devices installed in the monuments will connect to this app using Bluetooth.

The devices will have a range of around 30 metres.

The visitors with the help of the app would be permitted to report the culture ministry any litter or garbage on the premises of the monuments.

The app is available for Android mobile phones. As soon as the visitors enter the premises of the monuments and switch on the Bluetooth, the app will relay Swachh Bharat-related information to the visitors and will ask them to report any garbage around them.

Even if the visitors have not installed the App on their handsets, a message will be delivered by Google about the Swachh Bharat Abiyan and will provide the visitors with a link to install the App.

The Swachh Bharat App will be monitored by the Ministry of Culture. The App is expected to promote cleanliness in the premises of ASI monuments.

3)   Service tax has become more expensive from November 15 as the government has imposed a ____ Swachh Bharat cess.

a. 0.4%
b. 0.5%
c. 0.6%
d. 0.7%
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 0.5%

Activities that attract service tax will become more expensive from November 15 as a 0.5% Swachh Bharat cess has been imposed by the centre. Levy has been announced in the Budget for meeting goals of the sanitation and cleanliness drive announced for the nation. In the last budget, service tax rate was increased from 12% to 14%.

4)   In a survey conducted during 2014-15 by the Ministry of Urban Development, which city topped the Swachh Bharat Rankings among 476 cities in India?

a. Chandigarh
b. Thiruchirapalli
c. Mysuru
d. Navi Mumbai
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mysuru

The top 10 ranked cities in the city are Mysuru, Thiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), Navi Mumbai, Kochi (Kerala), Hassan, Mandya and Bengaluru (Karnataka), Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Halisahar (West Bengal) and Gangtok (Sikkim).