BHUBANESWAR: GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF), the CSR arm of GMR Group, celebrated its silver jubilee with series of CSR initiatives at Aerocity, Delhi International Airport. The celebration coincided with DIAL’s 10 years anniversary of community development.
On occasions, DIAL–CSR introduced two Mobile Medical Units, which will cater to approximately 30 different locations in Delhi. Also, under the Gifted Children Scheme, DIAL promised to support education of 25 meritorious under-privileged children from the 1st standard till they get their first job. GMRVF organised a beautiful exhibition on CSR activities at the venue which attracted all guests and visitors.
Dr. Mohanrao Bhagwat, Sarsanghachalak, Rashtriya Swayamasevak Sangh (RSS) attended as Chief Guest on the occasion. Among others, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation; Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation; Rajiv Pratap Rudy, MP; YS Chowdary, Minister of State for Science and Technology & Earth Sciences were present on the occasion.
From GMR Group; GM Rao, Group Chairman, GMR Group; Srinivas Bommidala, Chairman – Airports, GBS Raju, Chairman – Energy, Kiran Kumar Grandhi, Corporate Chairman, BVN Rao, Chairman – Transportation & Urban Infrastructure, Indana Prabhakara Rao, CEO, DIAL, V. Raghunathan, CEO, GMRVF and Meena Raghunathan, Director, GMRVF were present on the occasion.
Dr. Bhagwat praised GM Rao for carrying out corporate social responsibility (CSR) for last 25 years with dedication and ample responsibility. “I have seen that despite being busy, you also look after the CSR activities with sensitivity and it is this sensitivity which makes your social work special,” Bhagwat said.
GM Rao said, “We have been aligning our foundation work with the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi Ji’s initiatives like Skill India, Swachh Bharat and many others. On the occasion of 25th anniversary, we are adopting 25 more children under Gifted Children scheme.”
“Individual Social Responsibility is the moral duty of every individual to give back to the society. Providing skill and imparting education are the best tools for eradicating poverty as it changes lives of an entire family forever,” he said.
GMRVF’s social intervention in Delhi supports more than 3000 women and specially-abled children through various initiatives focussing Education, Health & Hygiene, Community Development and Empowerment for Livelihoods through Vocational Training. One of the key enablers of DIAL CSR is its state-of-the-art vocation training institute. This institute offers more than 30 disciplines of skill-oriented courses providing training to over 1000 students every year with more than 85 per cent placement ratio. This also includes a holistic, 360-degree training including soft skills like yoga, etiquettes, grooming and counselling.
Indana Prabhakara Rao, CEO, DIAL, said, “CSR is not merely a spend but an investment for us. An investment in human development and inclusive growth is an investment in the social capital of the country. Social, economic and environmental aspects are considered in each and every aspect of Delhi Airport Operations.”
Raghunathan, CEO, GMRVF expressed his happiness on this special day. “We run GMR Varalakshmi Foundation with same professionalism as we run other businesses of GMR Group. There is complete dedication and accountability. We will continue our commitment to be a partner in community development as well as skill development,” he said.