The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is planning to build at least 2,000 toilets across schools in West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh by March 2016.
Speaking at a CII-organised CSR meet in Kolkata, Viresh Oberoi, Chairman of CII-Eastern Region, said, “Setting up of toilets across various schools is a part of the industry body’s social agenda “in consonance with the Swachh Bharat” campaign.”
Oberoi informed that the industry body is already working with corporate houses, governments, local bodies, self-help groups and NGOs to achieve the goal. Over 4,16,000 schools in the country are without toilets. In West Bengal, 26,466 out of 81,915 are without toilets; in Bihar, 37,400 out of 70,673 are without toilets.
Similarly, in Odisha and Chattisgarh the number of schools without toilets stands 21,648 and 10,921, respectively. In Jharkhand, there are only 10,220 schools with toilets, while the number of schools is 40,666.