REC commits financial support under CSR Initiatives for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities in 100 Government Schools in Unakoti District in Tripura
INVC, Tripura, Exchange of MoA between Shri Mrinal Kanti Nath, I.A.S, District Magistrate and Collector, Unakoti, ShriJaidev Banerjee, Zonal Manager, East Zone, REC, and Professor V. Srinivas Chary, Director, ASCI, in august presence of ShriTapanChakraborty, Hon’ble Education Minister, Government of Tripura, Dr. K. RajeswaraRao, IAS, Principal Secretary, Government of Tripura, Shri. P.K. Chakravarty, Director of School Education, Government of Tripura, ShriAbhishek Chandra, IAS, Commissioner, Agartala Municipal Corporation and Shri Rakesh K. Arora, Executive Director, REC, in the State Secratariat, Agartala, Tripura, on 18th October 2014Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC), has committed financial support under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, for sustaining the efforts of the District Administration of Unakoti, Tripura,for creation of infrastructure for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities for strengthening 100 poorly performing Government schoolsUnakoti District,in partnership with The Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad (ASCI), for technical and programme management assistance. A tripartite Memorandum of Agreement in this regard was signed on 18th October 2014 in the State Secretariat, Government of Tripura, in Agartala, by Shri. MrinalKantiNath, I.A.S, District Magistrate and Collector of Unakoti, ShriJaidev Banerjee, Zonal Manager, East Zone, RECL and Professor V. Srinivas Chary, Director (Urban Governance, Infrastructure, Environment and Energy), ASCI,in the august presence of ShriTapanChakraborty, Hon’bleEducation Minister, Government ofTripura,Dr. K. RajeswaraRao IAS, Principal Secretary, Government of Tripura, Shri. P.K. Chakravarty, Director of School Education, ShriAbhishek Chandra, IAS, Municipal Commissioner, Agartala Municipal Corporation, Shri Rakesh K. Arora, Executive Director, RECL, besides other senior officials from the State Education Department, REC and ASCI. The programme would be implemented in two phases. During Phase I identified strategies would be executed on pilot basis in 100 schools of Unakoti district, impacting the lives of about 21,000 students. Based on the outcomes,the program could be scaled up in Phase II to cover 205 more Government schools in the rest of the district. Access to safe WASH would improve the learning abilities of children, health, and attendance, especially of girl child, with far-reaching consequence on the health of the community. Effective implementation of WASH in Schools would increase attendance and cognitive development; fosters social inclusion and individual self-respect by offering an alternative to stigma and marginalisation. Research shows that hand washing with soap, particularly after contact with excreta, can significantly reduce diarrhoeal diseases and respiratory infections. Poor sanitation causes diarrhoea, the second biggest cause of death in children under five years of age. Each day approximately 2000 children die in India as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. Soil transmitted diseases, trachoma, scabies and acute respiratory infections are common in schools with unsanitary toilet facilities. Children are also particularly susceptible to helminth (intestinal worms) infections due to their incomplete physical development and their greater immunological vulnerability. Recent studies show strong evidence that lack of proper sanitation facilities leads to malnutrition and stunted growth in children. India accounts for more than 3 out of every 10 stunted children in the world.