NITI Aayog, NSE Foundation join hands to improve quality of life of citizens in Aspirational Districts

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New Delhi, 7 January 2019: The National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. (NSE), India’s leading Stock exchange, today signed a Statement of Interest (SoI) with NITI Aayog to improve quality of life of citizens by providing safe drinking water supply and sanitation, education and elder care sectors in mutually agreed three Aspirational Districts of Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu, Karauli in Rajasthan and Nandurbar in Maharashtra.

NSEF is currently working in Ramanathapuram, Karauli and Nandurbar, which are a part of the 112 districts of the Aspirational Districts Programme.

Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog said: “The Aspirational Districts Programme aims to align on-ground stakeholders and administrative structures towards improvement of crucial indicators of human and social development. Health, Nutrition and Education constitute a core component of the programme, which will help leverage our demographic dividend as we move towards a New India”.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Rema Mohan, CEO, NSE Foundation said “NSEF has identified three primary focus areas namely: primary education, elder care and WASH (sanitation and safe drinking water) and supports more than 35 projects PAN India. NSEF works with the vision to enhance the wellbeing of people who are residing in these areas. NSEF aspires in helping the underprivileged sections of the population by improving their quality of life and reaching out to them.”

The focus of this initiative is to improve the performance of public programs in these districts and improve the quality of life of the citizens.

NITI Aayog and NSEF would collaborate towards the review and co-creation of strategic action plan and spearhead scoping studies and formative researches for innovative solutions in the identified sectors. The aim is to demonstrate innovation in education, WASH and elder care. NITI Aayog and NSEF will further contribute to the strengthening of institutional capacity in the identified sectors.

NSE Foundation recognizes that economic well-being of the nation is linked with the social well-being of the community and hence the focus on improving the quality of life of its identified beneficiaries towards creating inclusive societies, while meeting its social, economic and environmental responsibilities.”

“The projects are impacting around 58,425 students directly through education interventions; around 1,33,700 students and community members through creating safe drinking water and sanitation infrastructure and around 14,800 elders through social and financial welfare programme. NSEF aims at bringing change in the above sectors with the coordination of local Government,” Ms Rema Mohan said.

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