Nagpur is a burgeoning city in Maharashtra and has recently regained its first position in the Smart City Mission as ‘Nagpur Smart’. The city is also considered among the greenest and cleanest in India. In addition to being the seat of the annual winter session of Maharashtra state assembly ‘Vidhan Sabha’, Nagpur is also a major commercial and political centre of the Vidarbha region. It is known as the ‘Orange City’ for being a major trade centre of luscious oranges that are cultivated there.
In FY2020-21, the district of Nagpur was the recipient of Rs. 37.84 Cr. of CSR funds from 123 companies. The top sectors for CSR programs were Education, Health, and Rural Development, with an investment of Rs. 17.88 Cr., Rs. 13.48 Cr., and Rs. 2.64 Cr., respectively, in each of the sectors. The top three spenders in the district in the last financial year were Glass Wall Systems Private Limited (Rs. 2.7 Cr.), Solar Energy India Limited (Rs. 2.54 Cr.), and Lifestar Pharma Private Limited (Rs. 2.25 Cr.).
Top Companies for CSR in Nagpur
CSR in Nagpur is driven by government-run and private companies which have a base in the city.
Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) is a Mini Ratna company headquartered in Nagpur. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coal India. WCL is mainly engaged in the mining and production of coal, and major consumers of the company are the power and steel sectors.
With a view to bringing meaningful change in the lives of the most important stakeholders – people residing in the WCL command area in particular and society at large, WCL undertakes various rural development and skilling initiatives in Nagpur. Pankh is Western Coalfields’ flagship CSR initiative introduced 4 years ago for menstrual hygiene of girl students in and around Nagpur. The company installs sanitary vending machines in schools and educational institutions. Pankh won the ‘Best Practices in CSR’ Award at the 6th International Conference on CSR held at IPE, Hyderabad.
WCL is one of the dominant players for CSR in Nagpur. There are various CSR interventions for gainful use of mine water discharge for drinking, irrigation and recharging of groundwater so as to mitigate the hardships faced due to water shortage by the locals residing near the mines. RO plants for supply of drinking water to local populace were installed in Nagpur and Chandrapur districts. The Company imparted skill training in various trades under the Udaan, Shakti, Kisan and Aarogya missions through its Skill Development Centres. Recently, WCL donated Rs. 3 crore to RST Cancer Hospital for people’s welfare under Corporate Social Responsibility. WCL has given Rs. 15.38 crore from its CSR fund for Oxygen plant at Nagpur & Chandrapur to tide over the second wave. Arrangement of Oxygen will be made in GMC, Mayo Hospital and AIIMS at Nagpur.
ICICI Academy for Skills was established in Nagpur on June 24, 2015. ICICI Academy for Skills is a national-level initiative started by the ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth, in order to meet the demand for skilled labour and give underprivileged youth a chance at gainful employment.
The centre has tied up with Tally Solutions as knowledge partner to help set up course content for providing training to the candidates. It has also tied up with industry partners to provide employment opportunities to the students who get trained at the academy. Top companies like Tech Mahindra, Team Lease, McDonalds and Pantaloons, among many others have recruited trainees from the academy at Nagpur.
At Nagpur, ONGC has supported the setting up of National Cancer Institute, a 455 bedded quaternary care oncology centre. The institute will provide a world-class oncology treatment facility at affordable rates to the general public of Central India. The radio diagnostic equipment and construction of the first floor and ground floor of the institute has been funded by ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation).
The centre provides comprehensive cancer treatment, patient care and research through sustainable charity. In addition to providing general cancer care, the institute also creates speciality groups of highly skilled professionals who are masters in the treatment of a select group of cancers. The institute also plans to start University recognized training courses for nurses, paramedical staff and medical fraternity including super speciality training in Oncology and PhD programmes.