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Top CSR Projects in Jharkhand

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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 government expects that their CSR policy will create transparency and avoid duplication of efforts arising out of similar central and state-sponsored schemes 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 maximize 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. Here is a look into the top CSR projects in Jharkhand.

Amount spent on CSR

As per data from National CSR portal, in the financial year 2021-22, the total CSR expenditure in Jharkhand has been Rs 192.41 crores. The top 3 districts to enjoy CSR benefits in the state are respectively Ranchi (amount spent towards CSR 51.49 Cr), East Singbhum (23.9 Cr) and Bokaro (20.05 Cr).
The top 3 sectors in which most of the CSR activities have been performed in the state are Healthcare, Education and Rural Development. The top three companies spending for CSR in Jharkhand in FY 2021-22 are respectively HDFC Bank Limited (40.32 crores), Central Coalfields Limited (24.01 crores) and ESL Steel Limited (11.78 crores).

Ranchi – Top Recipient of CSR Funds

Ranchi, situated in Jharkhand, is not just a city of administrative importance but also a hub of diverse cultural heritage. Its rich cultural fabric mirrors the varied traditions and customs of its people. From the lively beats of folk music to the spirited performances of tribal dances, Ranchi pulsates with the vitality of its inhabitants’ cultural expressions. Moreover, the city’s cultural essence is evident in its arts and crafts, with handcrafted textiles, tribal paintings, and handicrafts adorning local markets and galleries. Ranchi’s culture is a vibrant mosaic, interweaving tradition, diversity, and community spirit, instilling a sense of pride and belonging among its residents.
Ranchi, as the capital city of Jharkhand, stands out as a prime candidate for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investment due to several compelling reasons. Firstly, it serves as a pivotal economic and cultural hub, attracting a diverse population from across the state. This concentration of people presents a unique opportunity to address a wide range of social and environmental challenges, making Ranchi an ideal location for impactful CSR initiatives. Secondly, Ranchi is home to numerous communities, including tribal populations, who often face socio-economic disparities and lack access to essential services such as education, healthcare, and sanitation. By investing in Ranchi, CSR funds can directly contribute to uplifting these marginalized communities and fostering inclusive development. Additionally, Ranchi’s strategic location and growing infrastructure make it conducive to sustainable development projects that can have a lasting positive impact on both the city and its surrounding regions. Furthermore, Ranchi boasts a rich natural heritage, with lush forests, rivers, and wildlife, presenting opportunities for CSR initiatives focused on environmental conservation and biodiversity protection. Overall, Ranchi’s status as a prominent urban center, coupled with its socio-economic diversity and environmental significance, makes it a deserving recipient of CSR investment aimed at driving positive social change and sustainable development.

Top CSR Projects in Jharkhand

CSR of Central Coalfields Limited

Central Coalfields Ltd in partnership with State Govt of Jharkhand established the Jharkhand State Sports Promotion Society in the year 2016. In the first batch, 78 sports cadets were admitted from various Districts of Jharkhand. In the year 2016-17, 100 more Sports Cadets were added. About 97% of the academy sports cadets are Tribals and OBCs from remote villages of almost all 24 districts of Jharkhand. The cadets are provided free boarding, lodging, sports training, schooling etc in the sprawling campus at Khelgaon, Ranchi along with a monthly stipend of Rs 500.
 The Academy is presently managed by a Local Management Committee (LMC) of Officers from Central Coalfields Ltd (CIL). Coaches of international repute have been selected from across the Country. They have led the Indian contingent in Olympics, Sr World Championship, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in their respective areas of specialisation. Sports disciplines like Athletics, Archery, Football, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Judo, Hockey, Boxing, Weight Lifting, Shooting, Synchronised Diving, Swimming and Table Tennis are taught here.
In May 2023, CCL launched first-ever “Hospital on Wheels” for stray animals under new CSR initiative in Jharkhand. The inaugural function was held at CCL, Darbhanga House, Ranchi. The vehicle equipped with modern facilities is aimed at providing crucial veterinary care to stray animals which are neglected and need attention. Equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and staffed by compassionate veterinarians, the hospital will bring healthcare directly to the streets, parks, villages and neighbourhoods where these vulnerable creatures reside.
This CSR initiative of CCL will not only offer round-the-clock medical attention to stray animals in Ranchi but will also visit different command districts of CCL to immunise, sterilise and conduct sensitisation cum awareness campaigns for the villagers.

HDFC Bank’s Holistic Rural Development Programme

HDFC Bank’s Holistic Rural Development Programme (HRDP) includes farm and nonfarm-based livelihood, water conservation, on-ground training for farmers, creation of Farmer Producer Organisations, sanitation and Natural Resource Management. The bank facilitates livelihood enhancement opportunities, particularly for women and youth, primarily in agriculture and allied areas such as dairy and poultry. The objective is to help them find jobs locally, enhance their household income and discourage migration.
During FY 21, the focus was on facilitating employment opportunities for migrant labourers who returned to their native villages following job losses due to the pandemic. Under this program, the bank also helped promote entrepreneurship such as poultry and goat rearing. Rural Jharkhand along with villages in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Assam and Meghalaya were targeted for this program.

CSR of ESL Steel Limited

CSR activities of ESL Steel Ltd, formerly known as Electrosteel Steels Ltd are mostly focused in and around Bokaro. The company owned by Vedanta Ltd undertakes CSR activities aimed at improving healthcare facilities, education, skills, water & sanitation, agriculture for the local population and empower women.
Under Project AAROGYA, Vedanta ESL Health Clinic provides healthcare facilities, lab testing, Special camps with Mobile Health Van. Different awareness camps, Special Camps, Blood Donation Camps, Eye Check-up, and cataract operations, Covid testing and STI, HIV, TB, Malaria etc. illness/diseases specific camps are organised under this project.
The Mobile Health Unit programme involves professional doctors, nurses and pharmacist who form a team along with a dedicated vehicle who visit two village locations in a day. The camp brings primary health care services to the doorstep of the villages and provides free of cost medicines.
Vedanta ESL Skill School is a multi-trade residential training Centre aimed at securing employment for youths in partnership with Learnet Skills. The project aims to impart training through a short duration vocational program to the unemployed youth. The training programme equips the youth with requisite skills as per industry standards thereby engaging them in a sustainable employment in an organized sector.
The students are provided training under 2 trades namely, Solar PV Installer (Duration: 90 Days) and Sewing Machine Operator (Duration: 45 Days).
Jharkhand has a rich legacy in the field of archery. Taking this idea forward, the company has developed state of the art – VEDANTA ESL ARCHERY ACADEMY, catering to 47 young archers of all the age groups up to the age of 21 years under the guidance of renowned professionals. The students are being trained under following categories: Under 9, Under 14, Under 17 and Under 21. They will be trained for 3 years.
With the intention of making safe drinking water available in the state, the company has undertaken several measures under Project SWAJAL. Hand pumps are the primary source of water in these villages. The response time for attendance of such complaints and repairs has set to be done in minimum 3 working days after receiving complaints. Apart from this initiative, ESL CSR is also helping the community with water Supply through tanker during different social events/functions. The company has also provided Solar operated drinking water facilities and tap water connections in the nearby villages through Project SWAJAL.
PRERNA is an education project, which aims to provide quality and equitable education opportunities to the students of the socio-economically weak sections of the society within ESL’s CSR operational areas for wholesome development of the students so that they can achieve greater heights. ESL is running Project PRERNA in partnership with Sarthak Sustainable Development Foundation (SSDF).
Project JIVIKA aims to ensure socio-economic empowerment of women. The aim is to strengthen 50 SHGs/500 women through different interventions which would ensure multilevel livelihood impact on beneficiaries and their families in textile, mushroom, phenyl production, bamboo craft and other interventions. Project JIVIKA is being run along with Drishtee Foundation since September 2020.
NABARD’s flagship project WADI is Small orchard-based development projects for Tribal” projects, catering to more than 500 tribal farmers from 8 villages in Chas and Chandankiyari Blocks in Bokaro district in partnership with ESL Steel Limited under its CSR initiative since FY 2020-21.
Along with the orchard-based activities, the project also covers financial assistance for Agri-allied activities such as animal husbandry and micro-enterprise development activities to cover more landless population for better Income generation under the project. The other components of the projects include arrangements for irrigation, land development, skill/capacity development of community, women folk, children, and health development. The aim of the WADI project is to provide sustainable livelihood to tribal and nontribal household out of Orchard produce from 5th year onwards.

Tata Steel’s ‘Green School’

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Tata Steel Foundation (TSF) launched phase six of the ‘Green School’ initiative in July this year across Tata Steel’s operational locations in Jharkhand and Odisha. TSF is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel Limited and is the CSR implementing organisation while TERI is an independent, multi-dimensional research organisation with capabilities in policy research, technology development, and implementation.
Collaborating on sixth phase of the Green School Project, TERI and TSF will work towards educating and empowering young minds in the age group of 12-14 years on water, energy, forest, biodiversity, and waste management to undertake awareness and action projects at school and community levels to develop solutions enabling the creation of a sustainable environment.
The Green School Project was launched in 2017by TSF and TERI to work towards creating awareness about environmental conservation in schools through curriculum linkages, action projects, and capacity-building activities.
“In all 869 students from 45 schools joined the launch event along with 95 teachers. To commemorate the launch of the sixth phase, the students, teachers, TERI and TSF staff came together to plant 350 trees on Monday and another 475 plants will be planted over this week across locations,” as per an announcement by Tata Steel.

CSR of NTPC

As part of its CSR, NTPC Coal Mining took up an initiative to sponsor 80 youths including 4 girls from all coal mining project areas and its vicinity from the states of Jharkhand, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh for skill development training in two courses: Machine Operator Injection Moulding and Machine Operator Plastic Processing. The courses were carried out in association with Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Ranchi for a duration of 6 months.

Dell Technologies CSR

Dell Technologies has successfully implemented its Mobile Solar Community Hubs project in Jharkhand, as part of its commitment to impacting communities positively through technology. These mobile hubs, equipped with laptops, television screens, solar panels, and 4G internet facilities, aim to provide digital access to local residents. In collaboration with the Common Service Centres Scheme (CSC), Dell and Learning Links Foundation have deployed these hubs in six aspirational districts, including Ramgarh in Jharkhand. The project focuses on providing digital and financial literacy training to students, youth, and women, along with technical skills and entrepreneurship guidance. Additionally, Dell aims to upskill ex-servicemen and retiring junior-ranked personnel from the Indian Armed Forces, addressing any gaps in skill acquisition during their military tenure. Archana Sahay of Dell Technologies emphasized the goal of supporting underrepresented communities to achieve digital equity, while Nuriya Ansari of Learning Links Foundation highlighted the critical role of the project in transforming the lives of rural communities and ex-servicemen. Through this initiative, Dell aims to contribute to narrowing the digital divide and fostering inclusive growth in Jharkhand and beyond.