Amitabh Bachchan and Ratan Tata promote TB Free India
K V Raman
At the promotion of TB Free India, Chief Minister of Maharashtra urged to change 1000 villages in Maharashtra.
Amitabh Bachchan united with Ratan Tata, Anand Mahindra, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Rajshri Birla and the Anil Ambani group to discuss the roadmap for the state’s social transformation mission.
Fadnavis, who will head the governing council that will run the mission, is looking to tap into the Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR initiatives of top companies to develop the villages, reduce poverty, aid agriculture there, ensure telecom connectivity and improve health services.
He went on to add that 25 percent of these villages will be from the tribal areas and by October 2 work should start in 100 villages and made it known to ensure that this can be implemented anywhere in the country. All departments will have to work together and only those people who really want these schemes will become beneficiaries and that this will supplement deficiencies in existing schemes and programmes.
Corporates and the state government are to contribute 50 per cent each of the funds and the companies will also step in to help in their area of expertise. Anil Ambani’s group has pledged telecom services for the villages. While the Aditya Birla group will adopt 300 villages.
Ratan Tata Tata Chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, ensured that the Tata Trust will be too happy to join this initiative and with growing industrialization we will also have to strive for this kind of change. This will change the state of Maharashtra.
Anand Mahindra of Mahindra and Mahindra articulated that, “this is extremely positive thinking of change and if f this project works then this will be an example of change before the country”.
Amitabh Bachchan, an ambassador of the mission and who already endorses several government programmes, termed it as an amazing programme and that many schemes related to health and education are in this programme. He felt that if acted upon on the announcement then change will definitely happen.