Children perform a skit on the benefits of cashless transactions at the function in Telco, Jamshedpur, on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Chief minister Raghubar Das has said that Tata Steel had been given the onus of constructing toilets in rural pockets of East and West Singhbhum to help the state government fulfil its mission to make Jharkhand open defecation free (ODF) by 2018.
Das, who was addressing a gathering on the benefits of cashless transactions at Laxminagar Football Ground at Telco in Jamshedpur on Wednesday, said he had already held a meeting with Tata Steel vice-president (corporate services) Sunil Bhaskaran.
"We have asked Tata Steel to construct toilets in rural pockets which are yet to have the facility through CSR spending. We are committed to make the state ODF by 2018 and we will also take help from other corporates in achieving this objective which would see construction of around 30 lakh toilets across the state," the chief minister said.
Das said talks had also been held with PSUs for adopting districts and constructing toilets using CSR funds.
"We have also directed Central Coalfields (CCL), Bharat Coking Coal (BCCL) and Eastern Coalfields to adopt one district each for construction of toilets through one per cent spending under CSR," he said.
According to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan guidelines, the government is constructing individual toilets through contributions from the Centre as well as state funds.
Earlier, talking about cashless transactions, Das asked people to embrace the mode whenever possible.
"The government is serious about improving the infrastructure required to facilitate cashless transactions. We will also be providing over 12,000 POS (point of sale) machines at retail outlets and PDS shops in villages. We are also working to improve mobile connectivity," he said.
The chief minister praised NGO Faith in India, which was behind awareness camps held for women in urban slums by performing skits and one-acts plays on the benefits of online payment systems, and donated Rs 2 lakh to it from his fund.
"I would like the NGO to hold similar awareness drives on cashless transactions in major commercial hubs of the steel city, like Sakchi, Bistupur and Telco, so that people are encouraged to adopt this method which reduces tax evasion and helps increase government revenues," Das said.