Coal In­dia Built Over 50,000 Toi­lets, NTPC Next

The Economic Times - - Econ­omy & Com­pa­nies -

TCS and Bharti Foun­da­tion, the de­vel­op­ment arm of Bharti En­ter­prises, were the first two pri­vate play­ers to ear­mark funds un­der CSR to build toi­lets.

A Bharti Foun­da­tion spokesper­son said the sta­tus re­port does not re­flect the com­pany’s con­tri­bu­tion be­cause it only in­cludes statis­tics of the gov­ern­ment’s Swachh Vidyalaya pro­gramme.

“We had ini­ti­ated Satya Bharti Ab­hiyan in 2014 to im­prove san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties in ru­ral ar­eas. About 12,723 toi­lets have been con­structed and handed over free of cost to in­di­vid­ual house­holds in Lud­hi­ana. Sep­a­rate toi­lets for girls have also been con­structed in 14 gov­ern­ment schools in ru­ral Lud­hi­ana,” the spokesper­son said.

Bharti Foun­da­tion has adopted Lud­hi­ana and is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing san­i­ta­tion con­di­tions by con­struct­ing a toi­let in every house­hold in over 900 vil­lages across the district by De­cem­ber 2016, ben­e­fit­ing 1 lakh in­di­vid­u­als, the spokesper­son said.

Mercedes-Benz In­dia said in a state­ment to ET, “Mercedes-Benz con­ducts a gamut of so­cial ini­tia­tives in the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor. The G.P.S. Valape and Dadachi­wadi school project were al­lot­ted to Mercedes-Benz In­dia through the web-link of Swachh Vidyalaya project. The com­pany is also in the process of iden­ti­fy­ing lo­cal school projects that need sup­port.”

Among state-run com­pa­nies, Coal In­dia built 51,115 toi­lets, more than twice as much as the sec­ond-big­gest con­trib­u­tor NTPC (24,626), fol­lowed by REC (12,379), PFC (9,026) and ONGC (7,958). The sur­vey, con­ducted by NSSO in May and June 2015 to gauge the im­pact of Swachh Bharat Ab­hiyan showed that 52.1% of peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas and 7.5% in ur­ban ar­eas still defe­cate in the open.

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