The state of Odisha was bestowed with two national awards — Fastest Moving State Award and Innovation Award — in the prestigious Swachh Survekshan 2020 on Thursday.

While the Fastest Moving State Award was credited to the state for its overall development, the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) bagged the Innovation Award. With the award, Berhampur was titled as Best Medium City in Innovation and Best Practices, in the category of the population between 3 to 10 Lakh.

Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri announced the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2020 at a virtual ceremony “Swachh Mohatshav” in New Delhi on Thursday.

Odisha’s Housing & Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena and Principal Secretary G Mathi Vathanan received the state award, while Ganjam Collector received the award on behalf of Berhampur Municipal Corporation.