NewsVoir | 11 Jul, 2016
ICICI Bank Ltd, Indiaâs largest private sector bank, today announced the launch of a unique contest for residential housing societies to recognise and reward clean and green initiatives in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Christened, âSwachh Society Awardsâ, the initiative aims at sustaining the spirit of the âSwachh Bharat Abhiyanâ. Spanning over 50 days, the programme will evaluate, identify and acknowledge residential societies for their efforts such as energy conservation, rainwater harvesting, waste management, adoption of clean-green technology among others. Selected entries stand to win prizes of ` 30 lakh in various categories like Gold, Silver & Bronze and âClean Crusader Innovation Awardâ among others.
The âSwachh Society Awardsâ is open to all residential societies registered with the Municipal Corporations of Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Navi Mumbai and Vasai-Virar; and Municipal Councils of Panvel, Kharghar and Kalamboli.
Speaking on the initiative, Ms. Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO, ICICI Bank said: âIt gives me immense pleasure to launch âSwachh Society Awardsâ. This programme aims to encourage residential societies for driving cleanliness programmes. The vision for a clean and hygienic India has struck a chord with all of us. We, at ICICI Bank, had adopted the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in November 2014. Since then, every day one ICICI Bank branch has been cleaning the area surrounding it. I am delighted to share that over 500 branches and more than 3,800 employees across 112 cities have contributed towards strengthening this initiative. Now, we would like to extend this to the residents of thousands of societies in and around Mumbai. The âSwachh Society Awardsâ will aim at sustaining the spirit of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and broadening the horizon of a cleaner and safer society.â
To submit entries, registered societies need to visit www.icicibank.com/ssa fill the questionnaire and upload proof of various initiatives and measures undertaken in the last one year. The initiatives include steps taken for energy conservation, rainwater harvesting, segregated waste dustbins, mopping machine, compost pit or similar infrastructure on cleanliness, safety, painting and adoption of clean-green technology. The members of the housing societies can also post pictures of their initiatives using #SwachhSociety and follow the Bankâs twitter handle www.twitter.com/ICICIBank
Responses of shortlisted entries will be validated through a society visit by United Way Mumbai, an NGO which is the community impact partner of the âSwachh Society Awardsâ. The winners will be selected by an eminent jury that includes, Ms. Pratibha Belwalkar, Vice Chairperson of the Bangalore-based NGO, Centre for Sustainable Development, Ms. Seema Redkar, Former Officer on Special Duty of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and Mr. Saurabh Singh, President, ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth.
For more information on the Swachh Society Awards, visit www.icicibank.com/ssa. For latest information on the Bank, visit www.icicibank.com.
About ICICI Bank Ltd: ICICI Bank Ltd (NYSE:IBN) is Indiaâs largest private sector bank with consolidated total assets of US $ 138.67 billion at March 31, 2016. Its subsidiaries include India's leading private sector insurance companies, securities brokerage firms, mutual funds and private equity firms. ICICI Bankâs presence currently spans 17 countries, including India.
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