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Power, coal firms to build 100,000 school toilets

CSR Digest News Service

New Delhi, Oct 02, 2014 02:40 PM IST

State-owned energy companies will build 100,000 toilets in schools within a year.

Piyush Goyal, union minister of state for power, coal and renewable energy, said in a webcast from Mumbai today that public sector undertakings under his ministries would make this their commitment to the Swachh Bharat mission.

He said keeping India clean would increase tourism, employment opportunities and income.
In New Delhi, the secretaries of the ministries of power, coal and new and renewable energy administered the cleanliness pledge in their respective offices. The chiefs of the state-owned companies in these ministries likewise administered the pledge to their staff.

Nitin Gadkari, Union rural development minister, today said Rs 20 lakh would be given to every village in the country every year under the Swachh Bharat mission. The money will be deposited in every panchayat for cleaning purposes.

The minister has already announced that, the rural development, drinking water and sanitation ministries will spend Rs 134,000 crore to build about 111 million toilets in the country in five years.

Gadkari assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Swachh Bharat mission would achieve its objective by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He said the mission would involve gram panchayats, panchayat samitis and zila parishads, apart from large sections of the rural population, NGOs, religious leaders, school teachers and students.

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