Sachin has won hearts with his sportsmanship and his charity work. He auctioned the bat he used to score his 100th century and donated the money to charity. The former cricketer put in 51 lakh rupees towards a relief fund to help Uttarakhand in its time of loss when it was ruined by enormous floods In 2013.
Now the Master Blaster and Schneider Electric India CSR have come together to provide Energy Autonomy to rural India through Renewable Energy and to “Spread Happiness”. He is helping provide villagers access to energy in the collaboration, SHIF: ‘Spreading Happiness InDiya Foundation‘. They have electrified 25,000 households through their various solar-based interventions.
Says Sachin Tendulkar:
“The very foundation of SHIF was built around the vision of providing ‘energy autonomy’ to rural India through renewable energy. Having achieved this feat under Spreading Happiness Initiative, a year prior to the set target of 2020, we are motivated to take electricity to every corner of our country. This is the foundation stone for building a progressive society and supplementing the government’s efforts in this crucial area.”
So far, Spreading Happiness Initiative has completed projects across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Arunachal Pradesh and J&K. The project is in line with the vision of the government of India to provide 24×7 power for all. With schemes like Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and Saubhagya, the government aims to provide continuous power supply by allocating electricity connection at an affordable cost to the people living in rural areas.
Schneider Electric India are not only developing various products and solutions but also investing in vocational training of the youth to ensure steady supply of technical resources for deployment in remote regions, according to Zone President and Managing Director, Anil Chaudhry. The solutions include portable lamps, Solar Home Systems and Micro Grids that provide a backup of 6-10 hours.
We are cheering for you all over again, Sachin.