Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, today announced the completion of the ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’, its rural sanitation initiative to promote the eradication of open defecation in Ludhiana.
This is a major milestone for the initiative under which, approx 18,000 toilets have been constructed by Bharti Foundation and handed over to rural / urban Households across Distt. Ludhiana. This also makes Ludhiana (Rural) the second self-declared ‘Open Defecation Free’ District of Punjab, the company said. The initiative supported by grants from Bharti Airtel Limited and Bharti Infratel Limited.
Satya Bharti Abhiyan is one of the largest private sector supported interventions designed to contribute to Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission. Over 87,000 individuals, in particular women and children, in 1000 villages across Distt. Ludhiana have benefited from this initiative.
In addition to rural household sanitation, separate toilets for girls have also been constructed in 14 Government schools in rural Ludhiana to encourage girl child education by ensuring that this basic infrastructure is not a barrier to them attending schools.
Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance, Defence & Corporate Affairs, felicitated some of the beneficiaries and village leaders, and lauded them for their support towards building a cleaner India.
Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Co-Chairman, Bharti Foundation, said “We are proud to have contributed in our small way to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission and improving the quality of life of our fellow citizens”
In addition, Bharti Foundation today announced plans to launch Satya Bharti Abhiyan in Distt. Amritsar (Rural) in partnership with the Government of Punjab to construct over 50,000 toilets.
In addition to providing sanitation solutions by constructing toilets for rural households, the Satya Bharti Abhiyan also focuses on increasing awareness among the rural population through Information, Education and Communication (IEC).