Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ call: India Inc Queues up to Invest Big Money in Building Toilets

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Visit the website of the event www.indiasanitationsummit.indiacsr.in for the full detail.

The India Toilet Summit 2015 ‘Sanitation for All – Toilet First’ will take place on February 6, 2015 at Lakshmipat Singhania Auditorium, PHD Chamber House, 4/2 Siri Institutional Area, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi.  Contact: conference@indiacsr.in  or 9981099555

 

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI/KOLKATA: Economic Times reported that CSR with a Modi imprint. The prime minister’s Independence Day speech exhorted India Inc to adopt the mission of providing modern sanitation facilities nationwide. Just as the I-Day weekend got over, India Inc promised to spend big money to clean up India.

TCS, Bharti, HUL, Aditya Birla Group, ITC, Adani and Dabur are among major companies that announced big CSR spends or promised to upgrade existing programmes for building sanitation facilities, especially for girl students and women in rural India. These announcements and promises look substantial. TCS, India’s largest software services firm, said it will spend Rs 100 crore building sanitation facilities for girl students in 10,000 schools.

Bharti promised a Rs 100-crore budget, too, but kept the focus on Ludhiana. The Punjab district of Ludhiana is the home base for Bharti’s founders, the Mittals. The company has named its CSR initiative, which will be run by the Bharti Foundation, ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’.

Gujarat-headquartered Adani Group said its already existing CSR project on sanitation in Gujarat will be extended to states where the group is present — Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. It also said Adani Foundation will look at new states for this CSR project.

The Aditya Birla Group’s CSR arm — Aditya Birla Centre — plans to build 10,000 facilities this year, the centre’s head Rajashree Birla said. States in focus are MP, UP, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

FMCG major HUL plans to construct 24,000 facilities by 2015, the company said. This is a branded CSR activity — the initiative is being powered by the Domex Toilet Academy launched nine months ago; Domex is HUL’s toilet cleaner brand.

ITC also plans to build 10,000 facilities, hoping to hit this target by next year. It is strengthening its current CSR activity in this area, ITC said, adding 800-plus facilities for low-income households had been built in the last financial year in areas adjoining ITC factories in several states.

Dabur’s CSR arm Subdesh, the company said, already has rural sanitation as one of its priorities. The focus will be stronger. Fifty facilities in five villages have been made the first target. Dabur said its goal is to build 80-100 facilities a year.

India’s record in providing proper sanitation is abysmal. According to census data, almost 70%-plus rural households lack any facility. Even in India’s cities, one out of five households does not have in-house sanitation facility.

Narendra Modi, as the Gujarat chief minister, had launched Nirmal Gujarat, a sanitation provision campaign that had received good response from the state’s companies. The PM’s stress on clean public spaces is well known. His ‘toilets before temples’ remark as chief minister had made headlines and his speeches frequently make equate prosperity and progress with clean public spaces.

(Economic Times, 19 August 2014)

Modi Effects: IndiaCSR to Organize First ‘Summit on Sanitation for All-Toilet First’ in Delhi

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NEW DELHI: IndiaCSR (www.indiacsr.in , India’s Largest CSR News Network) has also decided to participate in Prime Minister’s Clean India Mission and announced a national level forum – India Sanitation Summit with the theme of ‘Sanitation for All-Toilet First’.

Visit the website of the event www.indiasanitationsummit.indiacsr.in for the full detail.

The India Toilet Summit 2015 ‘Sanitation for All – Toilet First’ will take place on February 6, 2015 at Lakshmipat Singhania Auditorium, PHD Chamber House, 4/2 Siri Institutional Area, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi.  Contact: conference@indiacsr.in  or 9981099555

It is expected to attract more than 50 experts and 300 delegates from across the globe. The main aim of the summit is to develop strategies to widen sanitation coverage for India. “The summit will be an extraordinary opportunity for the exchange of information, ideas and know-how with well-known experts on sanitation, women empowerment, education and toilet-related topics.

India Toilet Summit 2014 logoIndiaCSR welcomes likeminded philanthropist, thought leaders and organization, UN agencies, NGOs, local bodies, town planners and policy makers be become a partners and sponsors.

Various corporate have decided to be an active participant of Visionary Prime Minister Shri Narendra Midi’s Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Initiative) to improve rural sanitation environment and toilet facilities for students in schools. Stressing on ‘dignity of women’, Prime on August 15 asked Parliamentarians and the corporate sector to help build separate toilets for girls in schools across the country by next year.

To help India harness its demographic dividend and support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India campaign that was announced on the occasion of India’s Independence Day, Tata Consultancy Services, Bharti Foundation, Hindustan Zinc and IDBI Bank announced that it would finance hygienic sanitation facilities for girl students various schools in the country.

It is worth mentioning that Swachh Bharat Mission, announced by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on August 15, 2014 is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th Birth Anniversary and aims at tackling sanitation and waste management issues in the country.

According to estimates, 2.6bn people around the world lack access to a hygienic toilet. The United Nations hopes to halve this figure by 2015 as part of its millennium development goals. In India alone, more than 700 million people have no access to toilets which have proper waste disposal systems.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Toilet

Prime Minister called on the corporate sector to help in building toilets in schools under their Corporate Social Responsibility projects under priority programme. It is worth mentioning that, with the implementation of the new company law from April 1, 2014 India has become the only country in the world with legislated corporate social responsibility (CSR) and a spending threshold of up to Rs 15,000 crore a yearly.

The new law mandates that all companies, including foreign firms, with a minimum net worth of Rs 500 crore, turnover of Rs 1,000 crore and net profit of at least Rs 5 crore, spend at least two percent of their profit on CSR. Works carried out by corporate in the area of toilet building is very much part of social welfare spending activity of Scheduled- VII of Section 135 (the CSR Rule) under new companies law. Sensation and Rural Development is priority area of Scheduled-VII.

30 Speakers, 300 Participants

The India Sanitation Summit involves some of the most reputable and competent national and world renowned speakers from government and private sectors, research agencies, innovators, social and though leaders dealing in sanitation and toiletries industries in the country. There will be 30 speakers and 300 participants projected in these 2 days exclusive summit. The Summit would provide a forum to initiate a dialogue and enlighten the delegates on various issues related to sanitation, toilet movement, woman empowerment, women dignity and girl child education etc.

For the Sponsorship, Speakership Opportunity, partnership and Participation at India Sanitation Summit -2014, kindly send your expression of Interest as earliest:

Please contact:

Rusen Kumar, Director

IndiaCSR

Mobile: 9981099555

Email: conference@indiacsr.in

 

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