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CSR: Empowering The Tribal Community Holistically

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Tribal population in India is a community that is underdeveloped both economically and socially. They mostly live in isolation from mainstream population. Women especially often find it difficult to be employed in the mainstream jobs. However, it is important to aid them with an overall social upliftment in life. This includes economic, psychological, infrastructure in the village and grave improvement for their children too.

Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications worked out a Micro-Hydro Electrification System to harness the natural resources of a village and encourage its residents to value its role in providing a basic need. A 5KW hydro-generation and distribution system, constructed by the perennial water stream in the tribal settlement of Komalikudi, Kerala, currently provides 24/7 electricity to eight homes, multi-grade learning centre, the village’s anganwadi (pre-school), and youth centre. Each home has four connection points with three lighting points and a plug point. Villagers currently use energy efficient seven watt LED bulbs for energy conservation.

‘Kanya Awas Chatralay’ is a girl’s school and hostel, located at Dabkal village in tribal Gujrat. The school caters exclusively to the education of tribal girls and has classes from 3rd to 10th Standard. Rotaract Vapi Riverside NGO along with Enjay IT Solutions has made the initiative. “There are several small villages in India where the nearest school is over 20 -30 kms away and there is seldom any reliable source of public transport available. As a result, the tribal girls are forced to give up education and work in the fields,” says Limesh Parekh, CEO, Enjay IT Solutions.

The Korbong tribe, nestled in the hills of Western Tripura, is on the verge of extinction and today has only 31 families. The place needs the attention to create a self-sustaining livelihood to revive the Korbong tribe as well as develop it into a Model Village. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has adopted Korbongpara village to provide basic amenities including educational support, healthcare, drinking water etc

Facilities like community centre, market shed, sanitation, drinking water and irrigation, internal road connectivity, education centres and provision of quality healthcare will be provided. This would encourage income generation opportunities for the villagers through pisciculture, duck and goat rearing, piggery farm and cross bred cattle schemes.

Corporates should reach out to the grassroot level in terms of providing support for education, healthcare and skill-development. Although the work towards it has begun, the commitment towards the marginalised sections of the society has to grow for it to pay off for the country as a whole.

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The CSR Journal Team

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