Kotak Mahindra Bank has formed an alliance with Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust to support #MissionMillionBooks to distribute it to 10,000 low-income schools and colleges in India by 2018.
Kotak’s initiative is a part of its CSR venture on providing logistics and operations of the book collection drive and its distribution, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
The Google supported Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, an NGO working to empower disability, had earlier appealed to over 500 publishing houses to donate educational books to help low-income schools and colleges in various districts across Maharashtra.
Rajiv Mehta, one of the trustees for Ratna Nidhi, said: “#MissionMillionBooks is a pan-India initiative aimed at providing the underserved with access to quality educational materials for their growth and advancement. Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust aims to gather educational books.”
Ratna Nidhi in association with Alibaba Group and Crossword bookstores had launched the Mission Million Books project in 2016. The first book exhibition was organized on September 29 - 30 in Mumbai where close to 10,5,000 books were donated to 535 schools and colleges who had actively participated in the drive.