New Delhi: Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) has been conferred with ‘5th CSR Impact Awards’ in Environment Category for its natural resource management initiatives under the CSR programmes. Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mr. Anant Kumar Hegde presented the award at a glittering function today at Delhi. Mr. Prashant Kumar Hota, Group Head, CSR & Education, along with Ms. Miriam Carter, Director OP Jindal Community College, received the award on behalf of company. Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Water Resources Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Dr. Satya Pal Singh was also present during the prize distribution ceremony.
JSPL has been awarded for implementation of Integrated Watershed Development & WADI programmes in Odisha and Chhattisgarh in partnership with NABARD. Winner for the ‘5th CSR Impact Awards’ was selected after the two stage evaluation concluding with the Jury Round.
“Such recognitions will motivate us to do better, “-said Mr. Naveen Jindal, Chairman, Jindal Steel & Power Limited.
Congratulating the team, Co-Chairperson of JSPL Foundation Smt. Shallu Jindal said, “Protection and sustainable management of natural resources has been a focused area for JSPL under its CSR activities. WADI and Watershed Development projects implemented by the JSPL Foundation are models for holistic development of the Community as well as for the holistic protection of Mother nature”.
“The award will encourage JSPL foundation to explore replicating similar programmes in other deserving locations.”- She added.
After receiving the award JSPL’s Group Head (CSR & Education) Shri Prashant Kumar Hota said, “It is a privilege to receive the award from two Union Ministers. JSPL has been working for holistic development of the community in and around its operational areas. WADI and Watershed projects have truly been instrumental bringing all round development in select villages of Angul District of Odisha and Tamnar District of Chhattisgarh”.
Under watershed development programme in Angul district Odisha, a catchment of 4000 acres have been treated on a ridge to valley basis benefiting 2500 rural families. Bio engineering interventions have been made for control of Soil erosion and ground water recharge, benefiting 2000 farming families and 250 underprivileged landless families and enhancing the Farm income three times on a sustainable basis. Under the Wadi programme in Tamnar District of Chhattisgarh, Agro Horti-Silvi-Pasteural Orchards have been raised for 500 tribal families improving their income and quality of life multifold on a sustainable basis. There has been revere migration and eliminating sustainably school dropouts and drastically reducing IMR & MMR in both projects.
Besides, the company, in its business locations, has undertaken more than 10 lakhs community driven plantation and excavated more than 200 Ponds and water harvesting structures in the plant vicinity creating carbon sink and balancing the ecosystem.
Recently JSPL has won the India CSR Award for the Decade for social investment in Chhatisgarh by India CSR. JSPL Foundation has also won the Odisha CSR award for sustainable development projects.
About the awards:
The CSR Impact Awards is an initiative of NGOBOX to encourage companies, CSR foundations and CSR implementing agencies delivering high impacts through CSR projects and adopt multi-stakeholder approach, leading to excellence in project outcomes. This initiative focuses on identifying high impact CSR projects in 14 categories at Pan-India level. The Awards seek to appreciate project specific impacts made by the organizations in particular thematic areas, to set benchmark in projects planning, identification and delivery of results.