New Delhi: Power Grid Corporation of India Limited spent Rs.195.52 crore during FY 2018-19 towards various CSR initiatives, Company’s annual report said.
The company has sanctioned more than 200 CSR projects of value of approximately Rs. 360 crore, that will be executed over the next 2-3 years.
Focus area of the Company’s CSR activities during FY 2018-19 were education and health initiatives besides infrastructure development in rural areas like construction of community centres, internal roads, culverts as well as projects like installation of solar street lights, drinking water facility etc.
The company in the report said, the main objective of its CSR initiatives is improvement in the quality of life of marginalized and under-privileged sections of the society residing around its areas of operation. With this approach, the Company carries out various CSR activities with thrust on Rural Development, Infrastructural Development, Skill Development, Health, Education, Environment etc.
The company provided ambulances, conducted health check-up camps and provided infrastructural support to government hospitals/ Community Health Centre/Primary Health Centre, etc. and organized livelihood generating skill development programmes for youths through various government agencies.
To help economically weak patients and their attendants, creation of patient support infrastructure at prominent health centres, like AIIMS, State Govt. Medical Colleges, and Hospitals etc., has been given special focus over the last few years.
In this direction, the Company has constructed 300 bedded ‘POWERGRID Vishram Sadan’ at J.P. Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi, which was dedicated to the nation by the Hon’ble PM on 29th June, 2018.
Seven more ‘POWERGRID Vishram Sadans’ are being established in the Govt. hospitals at Lucknow, Patna, Guwahati, Ranchi, Bengaluru, Darbhanga and Vadodara, where outpatients from distant locations approach for specialised medical treatment.
During the year, Company participated in ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, as a part of Swachhta initiative. Besides construction of toilet blocks in Government schools, construction of individual households’ toilets for development of primitive tribal groups was also taken up across the Country.
The Company has its owned and operated Skill Development Centres in eight of its Substations in Assam, Manipur & West Bengal, which impart training on Transmission Line Tower Erection.
Besides, the Company has also tied up with Indo-German Institute for Advanced Technology (IGIAT), Vizag and Indo German Tool Room (IDTR), Indore for imparting high-end skill training to youths on a residential basis in their campus.
About 1,100 youths were trained during FY 2018-19 and most of them are gainfully employed