New Delhi: Union Minister for Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar called on corporates to contribute towards the building of toilets under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at the recently held FICCI CSR Summit and Awards 2016.
He particularly called for their assistance in hilly areas where construction can be challenging and in helping create awareness about the importance of cleanliness.
“The government is offering Rs. 12,000 per household to encourage people to construct toilets. But at some places, especially in hilly areas, where constructing toilets is difficult the government assistance will not suffice,” the minister said.
“In case government funds fall short, the corporates can contribute Rs 5,000 for each household,” he added.
Tomar also urged the corporates to help propagate the government’s campaign for spreading education and encourage them to enter the field of solid and waste management.
“If the government tries to do waste management in 60,000 villages it will take us 70 years. However if companies help out with their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiatives, we will be successful,” he said.
Additionally, the minister called on corporates to venture into research and development in the solid and liquid waste management space.
(With inputs from PTI)