NEW DELHI/ KOLKATA: After staying away from participating in the “Swachhta” ranking of cities and towns since the Modi government launched the flagship mission, West Bengal has joined the competition for 2018. But the Mamata Banerjee administration has a caveat. The state has named its own programme as Mission Nirmal Bangla.

Sources in housing and urban affairs ministry told TOI that the assessment of cities and towns in West Bengal has started under the Swachh Survekshan (Swachhta ranking of urban areas) along with other states. The assessment will be completed by March 10 and the results will be out later this year.

Bengal’s urban development minister Firhad Hakim told TOI, “We are taking part in the competition, but under our Mission Nirmal Bangla. We hope to outshine many other states so far as making our cities and rural areas cleaner and providing basic minimum toilet facilities to our rural population.” Notably, the toilet construction in Bengal in rural…

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