Swachh Bharat Kosh (SBK) has been established to attract Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds from Corporate Sector and contributions from individuals and philanthropists in response to the call given by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 15th August, 2014 to achieve the objective of Clean India (Swachh Bharat) by the year 2019, the 150th year of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi through Swachh Bharat Mission.
A nation-wide effort will commence on Gandhi Jayanti 2nd October 2014 to mobilize resources for enhancing sanitation facilities in the rural and urban areas, particularly, school premises.
The objective of Setting-up the Fund (Kosh):
Individuals and philanthropists have expressed interest in contributing to efforts to gain the objective of Clean India (Swachh Bharat) by the year 2019. The Swachh Bharat Kosh has been establishing to facilitate channelization of philanthropic contributions and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds in this cause.
The Swachh Bharat Kosh (henceforth called Kosh) would be administered by a Governing Council chaired by Secretary, Department of Expenditure. Another Permanent person will be Secretary (Planning), Secretary (Drinking Water and Sanitation), Secretary (Housing and Urban Affairs), Secretary (Rural Development), Secretary (Panchayati Raj) and Secretary (School Education and Literacy). Departmental Secretaries from Tourism, Culture or any other department would be invited as and when their proposals are being deliberated.
The Governing Council would be helped by a division to be set up in the Department of Expenditure, which will perform as its secretariat, headed by an Administrator, at the Joint Secretary level.