Pvt Cos Flush Swachh School Vows
Build less than 1% of loos under Swachh Vidyalaya mission; PSUs take the lead
New Delhi: Private companies contributed less than 1% toilets constructed in schools under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, PM Narendra Modi’s earnest appeal to India Inc notwithstanding.
Barely 10 private firms, along with industry lobbies Ficci and CII, heeded the PM’s call and helped build 3,466 toilets in 20 months under the Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan or clean schools drive under the larger mission, a survey has revealed.
In contrast, 64 state-run firms shouldered the bulk of responsibility by building 1.42 lakh toilets, as per Swachhta Status Report 2016 released by National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), which had carried out the first survey since the initiation of the mission in 2014.
Tata Consultancy Services led the private sector by constructing 1,509 toilets, followed by Mahindra Group (1,171). Infosys Foundation (252) was a distant third, followed by IFIG (150), CII (138), Toyota Kirloskar Motor (69), ITC (60), Titan Company (42), Ficci (38), Microsoft India (22), Coca-Cola India (14) and Mercedes-Benz (1). Modi had said in his Independence Day speech in 2014, “I call upon the corporate sector also to give priority to the provision of toilets in schools with your expenditure under corporate social responsibility.”