New Delhi,18 Apr:The renewed thrust given by the Ministry of Steel on Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) by its PSUs since a year back was reviewed by Shri R.S. Pandey, Secretary, Steel in a meeting with the CMDs of all the 11 PSUs under the Ministry. The highlights of the CSR activities were:-
A budget of around Rs. 230 crores, amounting to over 2% of the net profits of the PSUs, had been allocated for 2007-08 by the 11 PSUs; out of which 8 PSUs could spend their entire allocated funds fully. During 2007-08, SAIL incurred an expenditure of around Rs. 114 crore as against Rs. 20 crores in 2006-07.
Last year the Ministry had advised its PSUs to spend not less than 2% of their profits on CSR. In respect of the rest three PSUs- RINL, MSTC & NMDC, the funds budgeted for, have been earmarked for spending and related works are in various stages of progress. Moreover, mechanisms have been put in place to avoid lapse of earmarked funds. In a unique initiative, CSR targets were made part of MOUs signed by the Ministry with its PSUs.
126 villages were identified for adoption by the PSUs and these will be developed in a phased manner by them- SAIL(79), NMDC(40), RINL(5) and MOIL(2) in a three year time frame. The steel villages are spread over states mostly near the location of PSUs. Major activities including development of infrastructure, construction of roads, culverts, water tanks, drains along the roads; electrification mainly by solar lights; improvement of environment through tree plantation and promotion of agri-livelihood through sustainable income generation schemes such as teak plantation, poultry farming, water harvesting etc. have been taken up. 13 villages were developed by SAIL during the year 2007-08 and 46 identified for development in 2008-09; 5 villages were taken up by MOIL for adoption as model villages.
Against a target of organizing about 150 medical/health camps in which health check ups, pathological lab, testing medicines, post operative check-ups, immunization, etc. were provided by the PSUs, SAIL alone could organize over 400 medical camps in 12 States (Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh) benefiting about 5 lakh persons. The other PSUs – KIOCL, SIIL, MOIL, NMDC, MECON and RINL also organized similar medical camps benefiting a large number of people in the peripheral areas of their mines/plants.
In view of the calamity brought in by the floods in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam, SAIL, NMDC and RINL organized immediate relief measures in these affected states and contributed Rs. 5 crore, Rs. 4 crore and Rs. 2 crore respectively towards the flood relief measures.
The PSUs also contributed by way of scholarships to deserving SC/ST undergraduate engineering students, adoption of tribal children to provide free education, construction/renovation of school buildings, free uniforms and textbooks.
Some of the innovative projects taken up under the CSR umbrella include – a project Jaladhara was taken up by SAIL in Visakhapatnam Dist. whereby drinking water was provided to the villages through pipeline, whereby the trekking distance of nearly 2.5 kms. for collecting water was reduced; Grameen Prusti Yojana of NMDC for distribution of fortified food to tribal children, adolescent girls and women in the entire Dantewara Dist. from all the 1214 Anganwadi Centres. The PSUs have taken the help of reputed organizations and NGOs and have also worked in close concert with the District Administration while carrying out CSR activities.
During the review meeting, which led to mutual sharing of experiences; the Steel Ministry PSUs also stated that they would consolidate the experiences gained and lessons learned; maintain the budgetary allocations for CSR for 2008-09 at not less than 2% of the net profit. The Ministry advised the PSUs to undertake a benefit analysis and impact of the CSR programmes conducted during the year 2007-08 for better focus in the ensuing year 2008-09. During the meeting, the PSUs also mentioned that they have finalized road maps for caring the way forward for 2008-09 and maintaining the momentum on CSR activities. It was decided that to enhance the experience sharing amongst the PSUs, a compendium on the CSR activities undertaken by the PSUs is to be brought out shortly.