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Top Bankers Extend Support To Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Pledge Their Resources And Money To Make It A Success

Banks like ICICI and SBI have come forward and announced their full support towards making India clean and green. While ICICI will train 1.5 lakh individuals through sanitation programmes, SBI will increase digital banking to cut down the use of paper and waste generation

Top Bankers Extend Support To Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Pledge Their Resources And Money To Make It A Success
Highlights
  • ICICI will train 1.5 lakh people for sanitation programme over next 1 month
  • 6,000 ICICI employees have cleaned areas near 800 branches in 130 cities
  • Going digital will cut paper usage and reduce waste: SBI Chairperson

Mumbai: The heads of the country’s two largest lenders today picked up brooms on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, and pledged resources and money to make the government’s ‘Clean India’ drive a success. ICICI Bank’s chief executive Chanda Kochhar announced a plan to train 1.5 lakh individuals for sanitation, health and hygiene awareness programme over the next one month. SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said they will increase digital banking to reduce the use of paper which will help the environment as well as lead to better cleanliness.

Led by Ms Bhattacharya, around 250 senior employees of SBI cleaned the area around the Girgaum Chowpatty in the heart of the city, while Ms Kochhar and her senior management officials cleaned the area near its branch in the Backbay Reclamation area of the city.

On the occasion, Ms Bhattacharya said the drive will hopefully encourage everyone to come together and help turn Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India into a reality.

SBI’s commitment towards digital banking is another way of supporting a clean India as less usage of paper will lead to a lot of reduction in waste and making the environment healthy and a clean place to live, she said.

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Ms Kochhar said in November 2014, ICICI Bank adopted the ‘Clean India Mission’ and since then on every working day, the employees of one branch of the bank have been participating in the initiative by cleaning the area surrounding their office.

So far, 6,000 of our employees have cleaned the areas near 800 of our branches in over 130 cities, she said.

Starting tomorrow, ICICI will also organise multiple sanitation, health and hygiene training modules which will be conducted across all the 24 urban centres and over 200 rural centres of ICICI Academy for Skills, and 17 rural self-employment training institutes, she said.

“Tomorrow alone, they will train over 15,000 individuals,” she said.

The bank, through its efforts, aims to train nearly 1.5 lakh people over the next month alone, Ms Kochhar said.

Ms Bhattacharya said the SBI workforce will carry out similar clean-up activities elsewhere.

“SBI aims to improve the quality of life and make the country sustainable by carrying forward this initiative on a regular basis,” she said.

Also Read: #SwachhataHiSeva Recap: Here’s How India Cleaned Up Their Surroundings To Mark 3 Years Of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan On October 2

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