BHUBNESWAR: GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF), the CSR Arm of GMR Group, today organised the valedictory function of its Silver Jubilee, amidst much enthusiasm at Rajam in Andhra Pradesh. Rajam happens to be the origin of the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation activities. The Foundation has achieved a landmark by completing 25 years of service to the society through several sustainable developmental initiatives.
Ratan N. Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Also present were the members from GMRVF Board under the chairmanship of GM Rao, Chairman, GMR Group among other Government and GMR officials. On this auspicious occasion, Ratan N. Tata visited the GMR Institute of Technology, Sri GCSR Degree College, GMR Varalakshmi DAV Public School, Seethamahalakshmi DAV Public School, GMR Varalakshmi CARE Hospital, Nagavalli Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship Development, among other facilities run by GMRVF at Rajam. GMRVF has come up a long way in serving the community at its various locations across the country in line with the vision of Shri G M Rao, Chairman – GMR Group, who believes in the philosophy of giving back to the society.
On the occasion, Shri GM Rao said, “We are happy to have with us Shri Ratan N Tata, who is a noted entrepreneur and an eminent philanthropist of India. GMRVF was formed with an objective to develop social infrastructure and enhance the quality of life of communities around the locations that has the Group’s presence. And today I am happy to say that we have not left any stone unturned to achieve this goal over the last 25 years and I want to take a pledge in front of Shri Tata and other dignitaries that we would continue to serve the society with same zeal and enthusiasm. And, I am Grateful to Society for giving us the opportunity to serve them.”
Shri Rao’s passion for serving the under-served community reflected when he said, “Individual Social Responsibility or ISR 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. We at GMR are committed to this, and Social Responsibility is one of the core values adopted by GMR Group for itself.”
Shri Tata lauded the efforts taken by GMRVF towards bringing in significant sustainable improvement in the society and contributions of the Foundation spanning 25 years in different fields including Education, Health Care, Empowerment and Livelihood and Community Development. Addressing the gathering of about 8000 audience, he said “I am extremely happy to see the commitment of Shri GM Rao and the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation towards the socio-economic upliftment of the under-privileged sections of the society. The Foundation works closely with the community to overcome the hurdles that are affecting their lives. Today India needs 100s of personalities like Mr GM Rao, who has immensely contributed to the society.”
All the activities of GMRVF are undertaken through thorough study and analysis of the problems of the communities. Subsequently, the Foundation works closely with the community to overcome the hurdles that are affecting their lives. With its interventions in the areas of Education, Health, Livelihoods and Community Development through its Foundation, GMR Group is touching the lives of lakhs of people. It is the resolve of the Group to support the Government in making India as one of the leading Nations in the World by creating both physical and social infrastructure and the Group seeks to be a key contributor in the inclusive growth of the Nation. With its 25 years of unstinted social commitment amidst challenges, GMRVF is committed to inclusive growth, with a vision to ‘Creating Tomorrow Together’.