GAIL remains committed to the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which it strongly believes play a defining role in the development of the country. The Company’s vision of “value creation” for all stakeholders remains the guiding force behind the social interventions. A top-to-bottom, robust governance structure with a dedicated team of CSR professionals, helps in evaluating and selecting meaningful social programmes which are in alignment with the areas of intervention specified under the Companies Act 2013.
Following a Project-based Approach towards all CSR interventions, as detailed in the CSR Policy, GAIL has implemented CSR programmes primarily in the rural areas which are in close proximity to the major work centres/installations of the Company. As identified under Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013, GAIL has identified seven broad areas of CSR intervention, each of which is titled by the objective they seek to achieve viz. Arogya (Wellness) - Nutrition, Health and Sanitation and Drinking Water projects , Ujjwal (Towards a Bright future) – Education initiatives, Kaushal (Skill) - Livelihood Generation and Skill development initiatives, Unnati (Progress)- Rural Development, Sashakt (Empowerment)- Women Empowerment initiatives, Saksham (Capable) - Care of the elderly and differently abled, and Harit (Green) - Environment centric initiatives. Details of initiatives under each of these broad areas are provided in the Management Discussion & Analysis.
To boost the outreach of education among the lesser privileged, GAIL has contributed for creation of school infrastructure like class rooms, IT facilities, libraries, science labs, provision of equipment and stationery to schools to enhance creativity among students and improve attendance of children. GAIL's inclusive development philosophy makes education for children with special needs a possibility, through provisioning of hearing aids and other assisted aids to help such special children join the mainstream. In the last FY, your company provided financial assistance for Construction of Junior College Buildings at Kosigi and Kodangal Mandals in Mahabubnagar, Telangana. Breaking away from social stigmas, GAIL has also introduced social interventions like Project UDAY wherein education and rehabilitation of High Risk Children/Children of Sex workers, was undertaken in Guna District of Madhya Pradesh.
A flagship programme, GAIL Utkarsh, is aimed at meritorious children from marginalized communities; provides all-expense paid, specialised residential coaching/intensive mentoring so that they can compete for engineering entrance examinations such as IIT/JEE, AIEEE and UPTU. For the year 2014-15, 100 students were identified for this programme through a meticulous selection process. Of these 94 have qualified for the IIT Mains and results are awaited for the advanced stage
Apart from education centric interventions carried out under the Ujjwal thrust area, GAIL also undertakes initiatives exclusively focused in the domain of Education under GAIL Charitable and Education Trust. In the last Financial Year, GAIL provided scholarship to beneficiaries of Project Utkarsh, as support for continuing higher education. Scholarships have been extended to 346 meritorious children from various schools across its work centres. Financial aid for procurement and distribution of school furniture, teaching aids, computers and projector, water coolers etc in government schools, in selected districts of Telangana, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan were also provided.
GAIL is making proactive efforts to address the issues of health and sanitation, by introducing interventions that make at least primary health care facilities accessible and affordable to the rural and marginalised communities. It is operating 20 Mobile Medical Units across the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab, covering more than 391 villages and a population of almost 5,00,000. Understanding the role and significance of Transporters/ Drivers/Truckers in furthering the business operation and to address the problem of HIV/AIDS associated with this segment, GAIL has been running an STI Clinic in Uttar Pradesh. and Madhya Pradesh. Medical and supporting equipment have been provided to Hospitals in Sohna (Gurgaon, Haryana), Ankleshwar and Bharuch( Gujrat), and Kakinada (East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh). Health Camps have also been organized in various villages near the work centre of your company.
Scarcity of water is a global concern, and therefore GAIL places a premium on the value of water as a depleting natural resource. To enable access and increase the supply of potable water, GAIL has adopted an integrated water management strategy that supports responsible water management and environmental stewardship. GAIL has facilitated installation of bore-wells, tube-wells, hand pumps, overhead tanks, submersible pumps as well as storage facilities and promoted rain water harvesting and check dams/ irrigation systems in villages, as part of this intervention. 650 handpumps have been installed in various districts of Uttar Pradesh to address the perennial problem of non – availability of water.
In order to further the Government's agenda on sanitation, toilet blocks have been constructed in schools of Ghaziabad (UP) and Karnataka.
Enabling and empowering the marginalized, so that they become agents of change lies at the very heart of GAIL's Skill development centric initiatives. GAIL is operating 3 GAIL Institute of Skills in Guna (MP), Dediapada (Narmada, Gujarat) and Nagaram (Andhra Pradesh) for imparting job linked skills training in Auto CAD, Web Designing, Domestic BPV/BPO, Welding, Industrial Electrician, CNC Operator, Instrument Technician, retail associate, masonry to 3000 rural and semi urban youth in the remote/backward districts. Aligning with the business interests of the company, GAIL provided training to 240 candidates in Plastic Product manufacturing and Plastic industry related trades in the cities of Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Lucknow and Hyderabad through Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), Ahmedabad. GAIL also lent a helping hand to Delhi Police by providing Skill Training in the Hospitability Sector to 500 young men and women under Delhi Police's Yuva Programme. GAIL has also contributed for setting up Skill Development Institute (SDI) at Bhubaneswar, Odisha with joint participation of Oil Sector PSEs Training in hydrocarbon and related sector trades is also being extended to 2000 youth across Andhra Pradesh in partnership with Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation.
Over 6,000 people have benefitted through various Skill Development initiatives of GAIL.
GAIL is guided by the triple bottom line i.e. people, profit, planet and takes cognizance of the fact that society's economic competitiveness is interlinked to its social, economic and environmental health. GAIL's interventions under this thrust area have therefore been designed to schematically meet all three goals.
Project Srijan, a holistic intervention meant for restoration and rehabilitation of the affected people was implemented in Uttarakhand, post the Flash Floods that hit in 2011 is a key initiative undertaken in this Focus area. The hugely successful Integrated Watershed Development and Management Programme, Project Jaldhar has resulted in functioning of over 48 Self Help Groups which have in turn facilitated Income generation and promote saving among tribal women of Jhabua, creation of 15 Watershed Structures and plantation of trees/saplings. All these activities have been undertaken after comprehensive assessment and creation of database for Jhabua watershed, soil quality, water quality and topography of the project area as also regular interactions and meetings with the community. GAIL made investments in asset creation in infrastructural development in the states of Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Guntur), Telangana (Warangal) and Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow) and installation of solar street lights in identified villages and promotion of non-conventional sources of energy in various villages of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. GAIL also contributed substantial amount from its CSR funds towards MoP&NG Scheme for providing one time grant to BPL families for release of new LPG connections. GAIL has undertaken restoration of Heritage Gate at Sisupalgarh entrance, Dist. Khorda, Odisha and also constructed approach road from Kalindi Kunj to Madanpur Khadar.
GAIL is sensitive to the fact that the interventions must address the needs of communities at the periphery of development and recognises its responsibility towards various stakeholder groups, for holistic development of all. . GAIL's inclusive development philosophy makes education for children with special needs a possibility, through provisioning of hearing aids and other assisted aids to help such special children join the mainstream. Infrastructural support and audio- visual aids were provided to over 1400 children in the last Financial Year. Financial support was provided to Umeed Asha Kiran schools, run/supported by Air Force Wives Welfare Association for children with special needs Additional accommodation and Dining Hall kitchen was built at Deaf and Mute school at Belagumba, Tumkur, Tumkur District, Karnataka GAIL has also provided aids and assistive devices to nearly 700 Persons with Disability through organization of 2 Distribution Camps in partnership with Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India. Two more camps are in the pipeline.
GAIL firmly believes that a woman's position is a true reflection of a society's progress. While women were always included as part of the beneficiaries, GAIL has now created a new thrust area specially focused for the empowerment of women. This is also in line with the guidelines of DPE and the rules of the Companies Act, 2013. SEWA – a new initiative introduced in Ujjain, M. P. this year, has provided skill training based training to 3200 women in courses in Computers, Beauty & make-up, tailoring, karchok, Tiffin service, financial literacy training. Etc Support was also given for organizing a training programme of nonwoven fabric cloth bags and screen printing for women of Nagaram, Mamidikuduru, Mandal AP. Another GAIL project has been undertaken in Delhi/NCR with an aim to empower Adolescent Girls & Women through Employability Skill Training, Gender Sensitization and Legal Awareness in slums of Nizammuddin, Jangpura, Bhogal and Pant Nagar.
Commitment towards the Environment forms an implicit part of GAIL's Vision statement. As part of the bigger Sustainability ambit, GAIL remains conscious of sensitivities associated with natural habitats and ecosystems and therefore restrict our activities to cause minimum damage to the surroundings. GAIL has tried to mitigate the damage to the environment and reduce its footprint by - effectively ensuring zero discharge of harmful effluents, adopting recycling practices of rain water harvesting, water recharging and ground water reuse systems, increasing the green cover of the areas in proximity to the work centres through extensive soil treatment of correcting alkalinity and restoring the soil balance, afforestation and other biodiversity management activities. GAIL has in the last year, envisaged the setting up of 02 Plastic Waste to Fuel Plants in Ujjain (MP) and Haridwar (Uttarakhand) respectively.
The word Shrijan in Hindi means ‘Creation’. After the devastating floods of 2013, GAIL took it upon itself to rehabilitate 10 villages of the valley in Rudraprayag region of Uttarakhand under ‘Project Shrijan’, which aimed at long term rehabilitation work in the selected villages. Over the last 2-3 years, the success and response the project has received from the people is overwhelming.
Project Shrijan adopts a comprehensive approach to disaster mitigation and awareness. It provides people with income generation opportunities while simultaneously making them more aware and alert towards a future disaster situation. Right from organizing trainings to support livelihood to providing disaster resistant infrastructure in the villages to psychological support for dealing with the trauma of loss, Project Shrijan has touched over 7000 lives.
The products made by the beneficiaries of projects Shrijan are a humble but true representation of the resilience of the people of the valley which is in complete alignment with GAIL’s objective of building a resilient ecosystem.
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