RANCHI, 9 November 2016 – ‘Swachh Bharat Mission & the role of corporate sector’ workshop was organized by the Jharkhand Corporate Social Responsibility Council (JCSRC) of the Department of Industries, Mines and Geology, Government of Jharkhand (GoJ); Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation, GoJ & UNICEF here today.
This workshop is an initiative of JCSRC to foster discussion and collective action on Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in Jharkhand towards sensitisation and interaction on Swachh Bharat Mission with participation of corporate sector, NGOs, CSOs and the community.
Mr. Amit Khare, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Planning & Finance said, “This workshop will be a milestone in achieving the goal of Swachh Jharkhand. I compliment the Department of Industries and the industry fraternity as the CSR spent has gone up almost three times to 754 crores in 2015-16.”
He said, “We hope to achieve the target of open defecation free Jharkhand in the coming years. Swachh Bharat is not just a cleanliness and sanitation issues but a matter of human dignity. We can achieve this target only when the government, NGO partners, companies and citizens come together.”
Mr. Sunil Barnwal, Secretary to the Chief Minister & Department of Industries said, “Two years ago the Government of Jharkhand set up the JCSRC – the first and only such body in India - to ensure that the CSR funds are efficiently used with substantive results. This year during the Governing body meeting of the JCSRC, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Jharkhand and Chairperson of the Jharkhand Corporate Social Responsibility Council (JCSRC) identified three key priorities for utilization of CSR funds in the State. These are Swachh Jharkhand, malnutrition-free Jharkhand & ensuring clean drinking water in the State. The Jharkhand Corporate Social Responsibility Council (JCSRC). The JCSRC Council in partnership with companies will now prepare a plan for the CSR funds for this financial years with UNICEF Jharkhand’s technical support.”
Mr. A P Singh, Principal Secretary, Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation said, “The companies can adopt a block or entire district and make it open defecation free in consultation with the Department of Drinking Water & sanitation. Alternatively, institutional mechanisms are in place for transfer of CSR funds directly to the Department at the state or district level.”
Dr. Madhulika Jonathan, Chief of UNICEF Jharkhand said, “The human rights to water and sanitation are at the core of the UNICEF mandate for children. Not only are poor hygiene, open defecation, and lack of access to safe water and sanitation systems leading causes of child mortality and morbidity, they also contribute to undernutrition and stunting, and act as barriers to education for girls and to economic opportunity for the poor.”
She said, “UNICEF is supporting the implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission in Jharkhand and providing techno managerial support to the JCSRC. It is matter of pride that Dulmi in Ramgarh and Kirsai in Simdega have been declared open defecation free and CSR funds utilization has seen a jump specifically on SBM. We will continue working with the Government of Jharkhand, companies, NGOs, civil society and communities in achieving the goal of Swachh Jharkhand.”
Mr. Ravi Kumar, Director, Department of Industries opened the workshop with a presentation on the JCSRC, progress so far and the CSR activities of companies.
The workshop was attended by Mr. Amit Khare, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Planning & Finance; Mr. Sunil Barnwal, Secretary to the Chief Minister & Department of Industries; Mr. A P Singh, Principal Secretary, Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation; Dr. Madhulika Jonathan, Chief of UNICEF Jharkhand; Mr. Ravi Kumar, Director of Department of Industries; Mr. Kumar Premchand, Water & Sanitation Specialist, UNICEF; Ms. Moira Dawa, Communication Officer, UNICEF; company representatives and NGO partners.