Swachh Bharat Kosh (SBK) has been set up to attract Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Swachh Bharat Kosh (SBK) has been set up to attract Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds from Corporate Sector and contributions from individuals and philanthropist to achieve the objective of Clean India (Swachh Bharat) by the year 2019, the 150th year of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi through Swachh Bharat Mission.
Objective of SWACHH BHARAT KOSH
Individuals and philanthropists have expressed interest in contributing to efforts to achieve the objective of Clean India (Swachh Bharat) by the year 2019.
The Swachh Bharat Kosh has been set up to facilitate channelization of philanthropic contributions and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds towards this cause.
The Swachh Bharat Kosh (henceforth called Kosh) would be administered by a Governing Council chaired by Secretary, Department of Expenditure. Other Permanent members will be Secretary (Planning), Secretary (Drinking Water and Sanitation), Secretary (Urban Development), Secretary (Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation), Secretary (Rural Development), Secretary (Panchayati Raj) and Secretary (School Education and Literacy). Departmental Secretaries from Tourism, Culture
Admissible Activities in SWACHH BHARAT KOSH
The Kosh will be used to achieve the objective of improving cleanliness levels in rural and urban areas, including in schools. It may also be enabled to bring out innovative / unique projects and girl toilets will be the priority area to start with. The following broad activities will be financed from the Kosh:
· Construction of community/individual toilets in rural areas, urban areas, in elementary, secondary and senior secondary government schools, aanganwaadis (Centres that provide support to children below 6 years and their mothers under the Integrated Child Development Scheme, Ministry of Women and Child Development);
· Renovation and repair of dysfunctional community/individual toilets in elementary, secondary and senior secondary government schools and aanganwadis;
· Construction activity for water supply to the constructed toilets;
· Training and skill development to facilitate maintenance of constructed toilets and to ensure its inter-linkages with education on hygiene;
· Other initiatives of improving sanitation and cleanliness in rural and urban areas including solid and liquid waste management;
· Any other activity to improve sanitation in the country as decided by the Governing Council.