IndiaCSR Awards: Korba West Power Awarded CSR Best Project for Women Empowerment Creating Livelihood

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Korba West Power Company Limited under its CSR initiatives took step for women empowerment through formation of Gramin Mahila Sahkari samitis. Mithila sidar, a landless lady was staying with her family. They had no agricultural land and depended mainly on wage labor. After Korba west power ltd intervention, she got work as mid day school cook.

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NEW DELHI: Korba West Power Company, Raigarh has been conferred with the prestigious India CSR Community Initiative award for its CSR project for empowering rural women with Livelihood initiative.

S.Sriniwas and Purnendu Kumar, Manager CSR of Korba West Power Company Ltd, Raigarh (Chhattigarh) received the award from Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and Rusen Kumar, Managing Editor, IndiaCSR and CSR & COMPETITIVENESS during the Annual India CSR Awards Ceremony held at PHD House, New Delhi on April 6, 2015.

The award winning case study is also featured in special edition CSR & COMPETITIVENESS, March 2015. CSR & COMPETITIVENESS is publication of IndiaCSR group.

Korba West Power company limited under its CSR initiatives took step for women empowerment through formation of Gramin Mahila Sahkari samitis. Mithila sidar, a landless lady was staying with her family. They had no agricultural land and depended mainly on wage labor.

After Korba West Power Co. Ltd intervention, she got work as mid day school cook. This is an example how women are learning to achieve self confidence and enables them to take their decisions in their own way. KWPCL Mahanadi Grameen Mahila Bahuddeshiya Sahkari Samitis one of the institutions, which is by origin member-driven and strives to create women entrepreneurs.

Grameen Mahila Sahkari Samitis

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, DG & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and Rusen Kumar, Managing Editor, IndiaCSR and CSR & COMPETITIVENESS handing over the Award to S.Sriniwas and Purnendu Kumar, Manager CSR of Korba West Power Company Ltd, Raigarh received the Best Project on Women Empowerment Award.

Women entrepreneurship represents a huge untapped source of innovation and job creation. Mahanadi Grameen Mahila Samitiis now has membership of 850 women and supports various income generation activities like poultry farming mushroom cultivation, cutting & tailoring etc.

Korba West Power Company Limited (KWPCL), a subsidiary of Avantha Power & Infrastructure Limited, is a power generation company based at Raigarh in the State of Chhattisgarh. KWPCL has recently commissioned its first 600MW Unit with its second unit of 600MW under implementation.KWPCL is also committed towards the environment and the community it operates in. It has successfully implemented several community welfare schemes in the field of livelihood, infrastructure, community health and education which has so far benefited over 60,000 people from close to 76 villages.

Basically, this article deals with empowerment of rural women through poultry farming. How economic empowerment of rural women led to development of family and community at large.Women entrepreneurship represents a huge untapped source of innovation and job creation.

KWPCL under its CSR initiatives took a distinctive approach for women’s empowerment through formation of a purely women based multipurpose cooperative supporting various income generation activities by women under one umbrella. Mahanadi Grameen Mahila Bahuddeshiya Sahkari Samiti (MGMBSS) is one of the institutions, which is by origin member-driven and strives to create many more women entrepreneurs. Accessing credit, training, networks and information, as well as legal and policy constraints are the barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and KWPCL’s project progress in narrowing such gaps between women and entrepreneurs.

MGMBSS is now has membership of 850 women and supports various income generation activities like poultry farming, mushroom cultivation, cutting & tailoring etc. MGMBSS has successfully established forward and backward linkages for poultry farming and received appreciation from Department of Agriculture and Horticulture jointly.

IndiaCSR Awards

Instituted by IndiaCSR group, ‘IndiaCSR Awards’ is an endeavour to promote reporting and communication in the CSR domain in our country. It is a milestone and an iconic event that acknowledges the unique and extraordinary contributions in the CSR domain. This is a premium honour that recognizes the most admired and outstanding CSR initiatives and ventures in India. The awards acknowledge the noble contributions in the CSR domain that are raising benchmarks by bringing radical and transformative change in the development arena through innovation and excellence.

The IndiaCSR Awards, in 21 categories, were opened to all organizations registered in India that engage in social responsibility. The Awards was opened for nomination by all companies, corporate funded foundations and partnerships operating in India.

The vision of the initiative is to identify and recognize the corporate best practices of ongoing Corporate Responsibility initiatives in various domains in the country and mission is to inspire, encourage, and facilitate corporate social responsibility awareness and practices among corporate India. The aim of the Awards is to recognize the best CSR and innovative projects, and translating best practices into concrete action on the ground. The awards encourage the organizations on social projects or programmes to increase the recogniznition of CSR principles in their operations.

This exciting and need based initiative focuses on successful partnerships between business and society, with particular emphasis on collaborative projects that tackle contemporary social issues through innovations and action oriented interventions.

‘IndiaCSR Community Initiative Awards’ is a milestone and an iconic event that acknowledges the unique and extraordinary contributions in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) domain. This is a premium honour that recognizes the most admired and outstanding CSR initiatives and ventures in India. The awards acknowledge the noble contributions in the CSR domain that are raising benchmarks by bringing radical and transformative change in the development arena through innovation and excellence.

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