Jharkhand, one of the newest states of India is known for its rich mineral resources like Uranium, Mica, Bauxite, Granite, Gold, Silver, etc. and for the large amount of indigenous population living there. The state, in order to achieve holistic development of its population, has recently approved its first-ever CSR policy with an aim to create an enabling environment and to increase the total volume of CSR investments.
The state government expects that the policy will also create transparency and avoid duplication of efforts arising out of similar central and state-sponsored schemes and thereby rationalizing the utilization of resources for positive impact. It will also help prioritize meaningful CSR projects to create a sustainable, long-term impact on communities and the environment.
The government of Jharkhand aims to maximise the potential of CSR investments to achieve the results that are best for the state. Its sound policy is set to attract CSR investments in the state. In this context, let us look at the top CSR projects in Jharkhand.
Vedanta Nand Ghar
With the aim of promoting education, women empowerment and eradicating child malnutrition, Vedanta Group has implemented its flagship CSR project Nandghar at various places in Jharkhand. A dream CSR project for Vedanta, Nand Ghars are dedicated to benefiting rural children and women in India by transforming traditional aanganwadis into a state-of-the-art, fully equipped structures that create a conducive environment for early childhood development which includes elements critical to cognitive, social and emotional development. Run in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD), Nand Ghars are ensuring that rural India is not left behind in the country’s march towards progress.
They have some key features such as smart TVs for e-learning, 24×7 power backup, earthquake resistant structures, toilets, water purifiers, solar panels and kitchen gardens that make them model resource centres for the community. Besides providing nutritious meals to women and children, the Nand Ghars offer take-home rations to children and pregnant or lactating women. Primary healthcare services are also rendered here through mobile vans while the women are empowered through skilling, credit linkage and enterprise development.
The company has launched more than 50 Nandghars in the state.
Nuvoco Vistas Corp Shikshit Sunderhattu Project
Nuvoco Vistas Corp Ltd’s ‘Shikshit Sunderhattu’ was introduced to empower the tribal community and improve the way of living. The project has been implemented in the year 2014 under their CSR pillar ‘Sakshar Bharat’ in order to provide formal education, create education awareness and contribute to the tribal population’s development in Sunderhattu and Sarenbera villages near Nuvoco’s Jojobera Cement Plant in Jharkhand.
Under this initiative, Nuvoco started Birsa Prathmik Vidyalaya to empower the tribal population by giving them access to education and enrolling them into mainstream education. Birsa Prathmik Vidyalaya currently educates 108 students from Nursery to class III and has shaped the lives of more than 500 tribal children. This has also resulted in the improvement of their livelihoods, as children too were involved in rag-picking and other hazardous activities. This initiative is a success as Nuvoco has observed zero dropouts since the inception of Birsa Prathmik Vidyalaya.
As a socially responsible corporate Nuvoco plans to replicate the project by developing Model Government schools at various locations. The success of ‘Shikshit Sunderhattu’ has motivated the organisation to expand the school till class V. The company is contributing towards education across various plants, through the development of smart classes, providing better infrastructure, learning essentials, setting libraries and computer labs etc. They have already installed more than 35 smart classes in various government schools in Jharkhand. The company has been long committed to providing access to new age education to children in rural areas; they have touched 7300 students under their CSR pillar Sakshar Bharat.
Coal India Limited’s Support to Ekal Vidyalayas
Coal India Limited (CIL) as its CSR initiative has extended financial support of Rs. 22 Lakhs for the functioning of 100 Ekal Vidyalayas in Jharkhand. This unique concept of non-formal primary schooling is where one teacher, usually from the same village, teaches 25 to 30 students in the open and does not need any fixed infrastructure or building. Once a Vidyalaya is established in a village, the Gram Samiti takes the responsibility to monitor and support its activities. This brings in the involvement of the village community. The Ekal Vidyalayas are located in the aspirational districts of Narayanpur in Bastar-Chhattisgarh and Simdega, East Singhbhum & West Singhbhum in Jharkhand.
Central Coal Fields CSR interventions
Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL) has started a “Sewing Training Center” as part of a new CSR initiative in Chatra District of Jharkhand. The centre will provide training in cutting and stitching to 40 project-affected women in two batches of twenty each with a training duration of 60 days. On completion of training, a sewing machine will be provided to them to help them become self-reliant or Atma Nirbhar.
The company has also installed Solar units in 25 houses of the Birhor community in the Amrapali-Chandragupta area as part of its CSR initiative. Each unit has solar panels, a battery, a table fan, 02 LED bulbs, and mobile charging points. The beneficiaries were also trained for the maintenance of the unit.
Project Saksham by Welspun India
Welspun India Limited has launched Project Saksham with an aim to connect with the families of Welspun employees residing in Bihar and Jharkhand to reassure them about the wellbeing of the workforce as well as build awareness amongst the local communities around precautionary measures to be taken to fight the spread of COVID-19. In partnership with social entrepreneur, Udyan Singh Founder & CEO Banka Silk, Welspun is reaching out to one lakh individuals across 15 districts through Project Saksham to distribute masks and relevant informatory material, and to educate them about the initiatives undertaken by the company to ensure the safety of its members.
The CSR project involves 60-70 volunteers visiting the families door-to-door, showcasing videos about initiatives that Welspun has undertaken to ensure proper hygiene, social distance, sanitization, usage of masks and appropriate PPEs to protect its employees from the pandemic. Additionally, they will set up kiosks/canopies wherein people will be made aware of the safety precautions to be followed and provide masks to all members of the community. The volunteers will also be recording messages that the family members may want to convey to their dear ones.