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Sikkim declared India’s Cleanest State

(Photo: Zuluk in East Sikkim)

According to research conducted by National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Sikkim has been honoured as the cleanest state in the country while Jharkhand finishes last in the list of 26 Indian states on the condition of sanitation in rural areas.

The survey was carried out in May-June 2015 covering 73,176 households in 3,788 villages across the country. Other Northeastern states in the top 10 list included Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya.

Sikkim, known as the Land of Flowers, with a population of around six lakhs, is also the first fully organic state in the country.

Despite it being a landlocked state nestled in Himalayas with no train or commercial flight connectivity till now. The state has managed to become a major tourist hub for domestic and international tourist.

Meghalaya’s Mawlynnong, a small village located around 100km from the capital Shillong, has been earlier rated the status of being the cleanest village in Asia, by the travel guide magazine Lonely Planet in 2003.

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