Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been a crucial aspect of the development of Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand. In recent years, the region has witnessed a significant influx of industries, which have brought with them a responsibility to ensure the well-being and progress of the local community. With a population of over 1.4 million, Ranchi is home to many economically backward sections and tribal communities that need support to improve their living conditions. Hence, companies operating in Ranchi must prioritise CSR initiatives that contribute to the development and upliftment of the local community.
Ranchi was the second-largest recipient of CSR funds in FY2020-21. The district received a total of Rs. 11.79 Cr. from 49 companies. The top three contributing companies were Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, Sutlej Textiles and Industries Limited, and Petrofac Engineering India Private Limited, which spent Rs. 2.4 Cr., Rs. 75 Lakhs, and Rs. 56 Lakhs, respectively. The top three areas of focus for the CSR initiatives in the region were Education, Health and Gender Equality.
Top Companies for CSR in Ranchi
Tata Communications has announced the launch of the ‘School of Hope and Empowerment’ (S.H.E.) at the 2021 UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development. S.H.E., a multi-media, multi-stakeholder impact communications initiative to support and educate women from small towns in India to overcome key barriers to entrepreneurship.
By leveraging the power of digital connectivity and partnerships, Tata Communications will create enabling environments of, for and by women from marginalised communities to establish themselves as entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities.
S.H.E. includes a series of short films highlighting challenges faced by women in becoming entrepreneurs, such as gender stereotypes, family commitments, financial and societal constraints, and lack of self-belief. Tata Communications aims to spotlight such stories of successful local entrepreneurs who are women, and offer them business grants, mentorship, digital training, amongst other key resources. Women, therefore, will be supported to embark on the path of financial independence to pursue their ideas and bring it to life. In addition to The Better India, the technical and knowledge partners will help strengthen the program implementation.
The aim of this CSR project is to inspire at least a million women to realise their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs. In the first phase, S.H.E. is focused on aspiring women entrepreneurs aged 18-35 years from low-income backgrounds in the peri-urban areas of Dhanbad, Bokaro, East Singhbhum, Hazaribagh and Ranchi in Jharkhand. With just 25% of women in the labour force and limited employment opportunities in the region, this project will address the challenges of financial independence of these women.
NTPC, a Maharatna CPSU under Ministry of Power, under CSR initiative has come forward for installation of Centralised Manifold Oxygen Support system for 300 beds ITKI TB Sanatorium, a dedicated COVID Care hospital located in the outskirts of Ranchi. This comes in view of the second wave of COVID pandemic in the country as well as in Jharkhand state resulting in a high surge in critical cases and resulting in bed scarcity across all the major hospitals in Ranchi and Hazaribagh including Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RlMS).
The hospital is one of the covid cluster care centres intends to increase the treatment of covid patients to minimise the load on the city hospitals during ongoing COVID second wave. NTPC is improving the existing infrastructure facility to mitigate COVID-19.
Further, it is providing assistance to RIMS Hospital, Ranchi for installation of an oxygen piping system to support 600 oxygen equipped beds with 40 jumbo cylinder with accessories for covid treatment with the financial support under the CSR initiative.
The support intends to cater to the large need for oxygen for COVID patients admitted at hospitals. The oxygen equipped beds for Covid Care ICU/Wards shall be helpful not only for the residents of the city but people of Jharkhand visiting the hospital for treatment.
Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE) under its CSR initiative has signed a new MoU with Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, to support five new Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa (GAP) units in Ranchi. This initiative is aimed towards holistic development of approx. 255 underprivileged tribal children of Badree, Getalsud, Kuturloba and Tupudana of Ranchi district from FY 2019-20 to FY 2022-23.
Under this project, in addition to conducting daily classes for academic development, daily nutritive food supplements, periodic medical check-up, health awareness classes, free-hand exercise/yoga sessions, sports activities will be undertaken for the intellectual and physical development of the children. Toiletry items like toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, hair oil, socks, footwear etc. will be provided to each child for ensuring personal hygiene.