Corporate Social Responsibility
The area in the eastern part of the state of MP and the adjoining southern part of Sonebhadra district in the state of UP is collectively known as Singrauli Coalfields. Singrauli is emerging as India’s Energy capital, the place earlier known as Shringavali, named after the sage Shringi, was once upon a time covered with dense and unnavigable forests and inhabited by wild animals. The place was considered so treacherous that it was used by the Kings of Rewa State, who ruled the area till 1947, as an open air prison for detaining errant civilians and officers.
On 24 May 2008, Madhya Pradesh government has declared Singrauli as its 50th district by separating from Sidhi with 3 tehsils viz. Singrauli, Chitrangi and Deosar. On 1 April 2012 two new tehsils are added viz. Mada and Sarai.
This area has group of Rock cut caves made in 7-8th century A.D. in Mada which is 32 km from Waidhan. Mada is situated in Mada tehsil of Singrauli district. Famous caves include Vivah Mada, Ganesh Mada and Shankar mada, Jaljalia and Ravan Mada.These caves are not only a beautiful examples of rock cut caves but it is spendid also from the point of view of iconography. Singrauli and Sonebhadra both district is under the purview of BRGF identified by Planning Commission as per the new guidelines of DPE.
In 2011, Singrauli had population of 1,178,132 of which male and female were 614,885 and 563,247 respectively. In 2001 census, Singrauli had a population of 920,169 of which males were 478,633 and remaining 441,536 were females. Singrauli District population constituted 1.62 percent of total Madhya Pradesh population. In 2001 census, this figure for Singrauli District was at 1.52 percent of Madhya Pradesh population.
|Area Sq. Km||5,675||5,675|
|Proportion to Madhya Pradesh Population||1.52%||1.62%|
|* In 2001 census, this figure for Sonebhadra District was at 0.88 percent of Uttar Pradesh population.|
Base line Survey of 42 villages was done by TISS Mumbai in Dec 2011 and Jan 2012 which included the villages of both MP and UP. Out of these 42 villages TISS has suggested CSR interventions in 15 villages of MP and 12 villages of UP.
After Base line survey TISS, Mumbai has broadly suggested interventions in the following areas:
Healthcare is a common problem to all the villages as there are no State Govt. facilities for them at subsidized rates and quality healthcare. Ad-hoc medical camps, weekly doctors, distribution of medicines are not helpful as they need facility on a regular basis. Permanent medical dispensaries in interior parts with doctor, nurse and medication is required. Awareness of govt. schemes as well as company’s CSR initiatives needs to be given as well.
Livelihood options are needed in almost every village as mentioned above. Options need to be devised for three categories: (1) those who are literate and educated; (2) those who have agricultural lands and; (3) those who are illiterate and landless. A systematic implementation and monitoring of SHGs; technical education; irrigation techniques and water management; scholarships and counselling for higher education are various options that need to be well-thought out and explored for sustainable changes.
Education needs focused intervention as and where required. Constructing a school building is not enough when the quality of teachers is poor or altogether unavailable. Furniture and school buildings are suggested, however, teachers from within the community, transport or TA/DA and salary to get teachers from towns are options that need to be discussed and implemented. Scholarships, bicycles and other transport facilities are required so as to make access to schools a routine activity and not a struggle for the children and parents.
Infrastructure like roads needs to be made such that it should have a longer life. And the repairing and maintenance of the infrastructure like roads, hand pumps, solar lamps, etc. needs to be done through consultative mechanism between the company and the District Administration.
The projects identified above to be as part of our operation has been received from various quarters which include elected representative’s viz. MP, MLA, local bodies, District Administration etc. The proposals received have been sent to TISS, Mumbai for evaluation and recommendation which is based on the base line survey done by TISS and CIL CSR Policy. Only when it has been found that there is genuine requirement of interventions, activities have been considered in this project.
For fund allocation, calculations have been done on the basis of standard schedule of work of CPWD/market rate earlier or awarded rate. All the above identified activities shall be implemented by outside agencies. The selection of the implementing agencies shall be made by inviting open tenders through competitive bidding as per Company’s policy or through Government Units directly.
MAJOR CSR PROJECTS
All the interventions suggested by TISS Mumbai in require continuous monitoring by the CSR department of NCL. Keeping these in view NCL is making interventions through following projects:
- Gaon Jodo Abhiyaan
- Swaksh Jal
- Sab Swasth
- Sab Sakshar
- Khel Tarang
GAON JODO ABHIYAN:Accessibility and connectivity are two major factors for the development of any area. The reason of backwardness of these area is lack of these two factors. NCL’s Gaon Jodo Abhiyaan is a step taken by NCL to connect the different villages in Singrauli and adjoining areas with town areas with roads. With the road connectivity, the villagers have started bringing their products to market which otherwise was being arranged through middleman. This has immediately increased their earning capacity. Further many unemployed youths are getting jobs in the town with the start of public transport.
SWAKSH JAL:There is no doubt that water is an essential requirement for everybody. Not only do we humans use it just about every day, but every living thing needs it to live. It has helped form the Earth as we know it, and it covers over 70% of the Earth. The rural population of Singrauli and nearby areas is devoid of the basic drinking water facilities and irrigation facilities for their crops. NCL management has taken this problem very seriously and have installed tube wells, hand pumps to solve it. Also check dams and deepening of ponds prevent the rain water from getting wasted.
AADHAR:Aadhar Project of NCL supports the society by providing basic infrastructure for the poor and needy people of Singrauli and Sonebhadra. The different activities done under this project are constructing community buildings, school buildings, low cost houses, construction of public toilets, electrification of villages, installation of solar lights and lanterns etc. in the villages of Singrauli and Sonebhadra. These types of basic infrastructure facilities have increased the standard of living of the villagers in the nearby areas. The project cost is calculated on the basis of DSR 2007 considering escalation.
SAB SWASTH:NCL organizes regular health camps in its hospitals of poor people in and around Singrauli & Sonebhadra. Nehru Shatabdi Chikitsalaya and Central Hospital of NCL have one of the best doctors in this area with all modern healthcare facilities. NCL team of doctors visit different villages and provide health care to the people free of cost. NCL provides free medical facilities to all the BPL card holders living in and around our projects through all our dispensaries and hospitals. NCL also has a mobile van to visit various villages and provide healthcare facilities there. Some of the health camps organized by NCL.
SAB SAKSHAR:: Indian literacy rate grew to 74.04% in 2011 as compared to 65.38% in the year 2001. Average literacy rate of Singrauli and Sonebhadra in 2011 were 62.36% and 66.18%. The main aim of “Sab Sakshar” is to increase the literacy rate of Singrauli and areas around NCL and to minimize the gap between the National Literacy rate and average literacy rate of Singrauli. The gap between the men and women literacy rate is also alarming in Singrauli and Sonebhadra. One of the objectives of this project is to bring the women of Singrauli and Page 8 of 10 Sonebhadra parallel to men by increasing their literacy rate and reducing the literacy rate gap between the two genders.
KAUSHAL:A major population of rural Singrauli and Sonebhadra is unemployed and BPL. They have not been benefitted by the industrial development in and around the area due to lack of required skills to get employment. NCL Management has planned to increase the living standard of people of Singrauli by giving them vocational training courses and thus helping them to get employment. NCL provides vocational training programs through various organizations. Some of the organizations are as follows:- 1. Central Board of Workers’ Education 2. MP Fishery Department 3. Vehicle Training Institutes 4. Sewing and Embroidery Training Institutes
KHEL TARANG:: Khel Tarang project of NCL supports sports and cultural activities for the local people of Singrauli and Sonebhadra. Sports and culture are the two foundations of Indian civilization. NCL have always tried to support and enhance the sports and cultural skills of the local population in Singrauli and Sonebhadra. For this, sports and cultural activities are organized by different projects of NCL. Cultural activities also help in saving the rich culture of the local population.NCL also supports and encourages distinct talent in different sports by providing them required facilities. The cost is calculated on the basis of utilities purchased, cost of sports goods and the prizes and gifts to the participants.
A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF CSR ACTIVITIES OF NCL IN THE PAST THREE YEARS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
NCL has kept on increasing its expenditure over CSR activities in the last three years. It can be seen that every year we are spending double of the previous year and in 2012 - 13 the expenditure if approx. is 44% of allocated budget which we shall be more than 90% in 2013-14. The data of NCL’s CSR Expenditure are as follows:-BENIFICIARIES
All these interventions are going to help the people living within 25 kms of our project operational area. These areas include a major portion of Singrauli and Sonebhadra district.
The major beneficiaries shall be the people villages:
Birkuniya, Piparkhad, Ajgudh, Barmani, Khirwa, Chatri, Churki, Solang, Kareila, Chakariya, Padri, Mudwani, Chanduar, Bansi, Ranhore and Jogendra, Kasar,Dasauti etc. All these are the villages where TISS Mumbai has suggested intervention, but there some areas / villages where NCL does CSR works by assessing the need itself.
Apart from that NCL gives priority to SCs/STs dominated villages and people living below poverty line viz. Mudwani, Birkuniya, Piparkhad etc. NCL gives specific attention to the development and empowerment of women in and around its operational area.