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Key CSR Activities

1.0 INTRODUCTION

  1. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (POWERGRID) are focussed towards initiatives that promote inclusive growth and address the basic needs of the majority of under privileged and weaker sections of the society. As per POWERGRID CSR policy, preference is given to address needs of the stakeholders, generally located in neighbourhood of its areas of operation. Due to its nature of business, operating areas of POWERGRID include remote and far flung rural areas spread across the country and thus Compnay’s CSR initiatives generally benefit the rural population and marginalized communities.
  2. POWERGRID came out with its policy on CSR in 2009. The policy is amended from time to time to align it with the DPE guidelines on CSR and Sustainability. In line with notification of the Companies Act, 2013, w.e.f. 1st April 2014 and the CSR Rules thereof (applicable w.e.f 1st April 2014), CSR & Sustainability Policy of POWERGRID was suitably amended. CSR Policy of POWERGRID was amended in its 307th Board Meeting held on 11th November 2014. POWERGRID’s CSR strategy is aligned with national priorities and Govt. guidelines.
  3. Besides the policy, a separate “Delegation of Power” (DoP) for execution of CSR projects has also been framed. Thus, DoP gives decentralised powers and clarity to the working level executives in execution of CSR projects. Further, POWERGRID Works and Procurement Policy & Procedures are in place which institutionalizes Works and Procurement processes being adopted for the CSR functions as well. Besides these documents, various implementation mechanisms are notified by the company from time to time to streamline the CSR functioning in the Company.

2.0 CSR BUDGET AND EXPENDITURE:

  1. Allocation of CSR funds during the last 5 years:

    In line with provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, CSR budget of POWERGRID is two percent of the average net profit made during the three immediately preceding financial years. Accordingly, POWERGRID has made expenditure in a number of CSR schemes. Details of CSR budget and expenditure incurred are as follows:

    Period Budget Expenditure
    FY 2019-20 ₹209.92 crore ₹346.21 crore
    FY 2018-19 ₹186.72 crore ₹195.51 crore
    FY 2017-18 ₹157.94 crore ₹157.99 crore
    FY 2016-17 ₹135.58 crore ₹147.27 crore
    FY 2015-16 ₹121.79 crore ₹115.78 crore

    For last four years, POWERGRID’s CSR expenditure has exceeded the 2% criteria.

  2. Support during COVID-19 Pandemic:

    In view of unprecedented crises arising out of COVID-19 Pandemic, Govt. of India declared lockdown in the country with effect from 25.03.2020. POWERGRID has always risen up to the occasion and delivered what is expected of this Power giant. During COVID-19 too, POWERGRID has ensured uninterrupted power supply in the country through its dedicated workforce. In these tough times, POWERGRID has not only taken care of its employees, but all stakeholders such as labourers, doctors, nurses, Hospitals etc.

    POWERGRID has contributed ₹200 crore towards PM CARES fund (₹130 crore during 2019-20 and ₹70 crore during 2020-21).

    POWERGRID has also earmarked ₹30.0 crore for undertaking various CSR activities including (i) distribution of meal packets / ration; (ii) PPE kits / masks / gloves etc. to labourers and needy persons; (iii) providing Financial Assistance to different Govt. Authorities / Govt. Hospitals / Medical Colleges for procurement of PPE kits/ Medical equipment / Ventilators, etc. In all, 32 projects have been sanctioned for COVID-19 related activities. POWERGRID has distributed more than 1.2 lakh packets of cooked meal and more than 1800 MT ration to nearly 2.0 lakh beneficiaries at 276 locations. Further more than 13,000 PPE kits, 3.42 lakh masks, 32,000 gloves and 26,500 litres of sanitizers have been distributed to more than 58,000 persons.

    CSR ACTIVITIES:

    CSR activities of POWERGRID can be broadly classified under thrust areas of (i) Healthcare; (ii) Promoting Education; (iii) Rural Development; (iv) Skill Development; (v) Ecology & Environment; and (vi) Drinking Water & Sanitation. CSR activities are largely intended for marginalized & weaker sections of the population. POWERGRID has made an expenditure of ₹1037.23 Crore on various CSR projects since FY 2013-14.Some of the major initiatives of POWERGRID undertaken during last years and current year are as given below:

  3. Health Care:

    1. POWERGRID, in association with the Govt. of India, is funding construction of the “POWERGRID Nuclear Medicine Theranostics Unit” at Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai. This facility will be largest therapeutic nuclear medicine treatment facility in the world (at a cost of ₹30 crore). Project shall be completed by March, 2021.

    2. POWERGRID has funded for Construction of the “POWERGRID Centre for Capacity Development in Oncology”, at Dr. B.Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati (at a cost of ₹4.18 crore). The centre has been completed in July, 2020.

    3. POWERGRID is providing financial assistance of Rs. 26.40 Crore for Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) for developing Modular Operation Theatres at Women and Child Hospital, ACTREC campus TMC, Navi Mumbai.

    4. POWERGRID Vishram Sadans

      Ten (10) storied, 300 bedded “POWERGRID Vishram Sadan” at AIIMS, New Delhi, at a cost of ₹33 crore to mitigate acute shortage of accommodation for patients and their attendants, has been put under operation since January, 2018. Keeping in view the impact of such initiative, this facility has been replicated at other Govt. hospitals in the country.

      256 bedded “POWERGRID Vishram Sadan” at IGIMS, Patna, Bihar at a cost of ₹15.69 crore is under operation since November, 2019.

      142 bedded “POWERGRID Vishram Sadan” at KGMU, Lucknow, Ph-I at a cost of ₹7.98 crore has been completed in March, 2020.

      7 more POWERGRID Vishram Sadans are being constructed at following locations:

      • King George Medical University, Lucknow, Ph-II (106 beds in Phase-II, at a cost of ₹4.77 crore);
      • Guwahati Medical College Hospital, Guwahati (144 beds at a cost of ₹15 crore);
      • Rajendra Institute of Medical Science, Ranchi (245 beds at a cost of ₹15 crore);
      • NIMHANS, Bangaluru (270 beds at a cost of ₹23 crore);
      • Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital, Darbhanga, Bihar (221 beds at a cost of ₹15 crore);
      • Sir Sayajirao General (SSG) Hospital, Vadodara, (210 beds at a cost of ₹14.95 crore); and
      • Vishram Sadan at MKCG Government Medical college and Hospital complex, Berhampur Odisha (200 beds at a cost of ₹15 crore).
    5. POWERGRID has also provided medical equipment & ambulances in various Govt. hospitals, distributed Aid & Appliances to Persons with Disabilities and organized health camps in various parts of the country.

  4. Rural Development:

    1. Integrated Watershed Management: Completed the project “Improving Rural Livelihoods through Integrated Watershed Management” at about 12,500 Hectare of arid land in two semi-arid Districts namely Kurnool, A.P. & Vijayapura, Karnataka in association with ICRISAT at a cost of about ₹18 crore.

      Benefits:

      • Creation of net water storage capacity of about 95,000 m3 resulting in conservation of about 1,45,000 m3 of surface runoff water.
      • Increased groundwater table.
      • Improvement of Crop productivity by 10-40%.
      • Benefitted more than 10,000 farmers with an additional income ranging between ₹10,000 to ₹50,000 / year / household.
      • This project has bagged “National CSR Award 2018” declared by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt of India in the category of “Corporate Awards for Excellence in CSR”. Award was conferred by the Hon’ble President of India to POWERGRID on 29th October, 2019.

      After tremendous success of above project, POWERGRID is replicating the similar project in five villages of Kalahandi District in Odisha (at a cost of ₹4 crore), and the same is under implementation.

    2. Rural Infrastructural projects like Construction of Community Centres, open sheds, roads, culverts, drains, drinking water system, development of ponds, etc. in various parts of the country, primarily in and around POWERGRID’s areas of operations, have been executed.

  5. Skill Development:

    1. MoU signed between POWERGRID and National Skill Development Fund (NSDF)/ National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) & Power Sector Skill Council (PSCC) to train 6000 youths during 2020-21 and 2021-22 at a cost of ₹14.91 crore.

    2. POWERGRID has successfully completed skill development training programme till March, 2018 at 33 locations across the country in association with NSDC and trained more than 5000 youths in various skills, required by the industry.

    3. With the aim to provide skilled manpower, required in the transmission industry, dedicated Skill Development programmes on Transmission Line Tower Erection & Stringing, at eight locations in the States of Assam, Manipur and West Bengal have been undertaken. Under this programme, about 4400 eligible youths have been trained so far.

    4. Training on other fields of high-end skills have been imparted to about 15000 youths through various implementing partners viz. Indo German Institute of Advanced Technology, Indo Danish Tool room: View of On-going trainng Vizag, Indo-German Tool Room at Ahmedabad, Indo-Danish Tool Room, Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology, National Academy of Construction, Hyderabad, Apex Hi-Tech Institute, Bangalore etc.

  6. Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan:

    Hon’ble President of India conferred Award under PSU Corporate Category for Swachhta Initiatives on 06th September 2019.

    1. Cleanliness drives at more than 250 locations of POWERGRID spread across the country was undertaken. Under the “Abhiyaan”, Debates, Painting Competitions, Swachhta talks, Health talks, Plays were organised across the country.

    2. POWERGRID has contributed a total amount of ₹85 crore to Swachh Bharat Kosh and ₹62 crore to Clean Ganga Fund, Govt. of India, during the last five years.

    3. “Swachhta Pakhwada” is celebrated every year and employees in more than 250 locations of POWERGRID whole heartedly participate in this program.

    4. POWERGRID has installed about 36,000 twin-bin dustbins in about 300 railway stations in Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and in various parts of the country, supplied 5 truck mounted sweeping machines with vacuum cleaner (at a cost of ₹9.08 crore), to various government agencies and bodies, cleaned and restored water bodies and provided clean drinking water to a large number of villages. Toilets in Government Schools and public places in various parts of the country have been constructed.

  7. Swachh Iconic Place initiative:

    1. Under the Swachh Iconic Place initiative, POWERGRID has been entrusted Baba Baidyanath Dham, Deogarh (Jharkhand at an estimated cost of ₹7 crore). This is an important pilgrimage center of our country. Millions of devotees visit the temple every year. During July & August about 7 to 8 million devotees from various parts of the country visit the temple. Following works have been completed by POWERGRID:

      • Cleaning and upkeep of the temple premises;
      • Installation of CCTV for telecast of the proceeding inside the temple to the general masses outside the temple;
      • Renovation of foot-over-bridge;
      • A “Green Waste Re-processor” unit has also been commissioned which converts the flower and other organic waste to organic manure, which are then sold in the market through the Krishi Vigyan Kendras, which is adding to the revenue generation; and
      • Besides providing infrastructure facilities, maintenance of the Dham is in progress.

    2. A multifaceted programme towards “Swachh and Bhavya Kurukshetra” is also underway at an estimated cost of ₹7.24 crore.

  8. Environment & Ecology:

    1. POWERGRID, in association with the Varanasi Nagar Nigam, is a major partner in the sustainable model of excellence for efficient & effective collection, storage, transportation and decentralized composting for Municipal Solid Waste in 25 wards of Varanasi. In this project, POWERGRID has shared its contracting capabilities for identification of competent implementing partner through transparent process of “Expression of Interest”, besides funding of the cost for all needed Tools and appliances and Operating expenditure for one- year period. POWERGRID has also contributed towards the mission of Open Defecation Free, Varanasi, which includes construction of household toilets including mobile toilets.

    2. Under renewable initiatives, POWERGRID has installed about 25000 solar lights in various parts of the country (at a cost of about ₹20 crore) during last 5 years.

  9. Education:

    1. POWERGRID has constructed various facilities for improvement in Education by implementing following major activities:

      • Construction of hostel at Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Raipur;
      • Construction of hostel at Rajnandgaon;
      • Construction of Working Women Hostel at Nuh-Mewat, Haryana.

    2. Under construction

      • “Researcher Hostel” in Jorhat Engineering College, Assam;
      • Girls Hostel in Agricultural University, Kerala;
      • Tribal Hostel in Balrampur District, Uttar Pradesh;
      • Girl's Hostel at Birpara Girls High School, Madarihat Birpara Block, Alipurduar District, West Bengal;
      • 120 bedded Hostel facility for Government Queens Inter College, Varanasi;
      • 50 Bedded Girls Hostel for Scheduled Caste Senior Girls at Surai Tehsil in Singrauli, MP.

    3. POWERGRID under its CSR initiative has upgraded five Army Goodwill Schools (AGS) in J&K by Introduction to Digital Learning Solutions at a cost of Rs. 85 Lakh. Upgrading in progress in 10 no. Army Goodwill Schools in Jammu & Kashmir - introduction of Digital Learning Solutions at a cost of Rs. 3.10 Crore.

    4. POWERGRID has constructed class rooms in various schools all across the country and supplied large number of desks and benches to various Government schools.

  10. Social Welfare:

    1. Restoration of electric supply, providing raincoats and sanitizers and Deployment of Fitters/Labours at WBSEDCL for restoration work against the damage occurred as fallout of Cyclone ‘AMPHAN’, in West Bengal under CSR.

    2. POWERGRID has played a major role in quick restoration of power supply in State of Odisha affected during Fani cyclone.

    3. Provided flood relief material in flood affected areas in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal & Kerala.

  11. Aspirational Districts:

    1. DPE has allocated the 115 Aspiration Districts to various CPSEs for their concerted efforts to bring about rapid changes particularly in the Health and Education in association with the concerned District Magistrates/Collectors.

      Accordingly, POWERGRID has been allocated nine Aspirational Districts viz. Hilakandi (Assam), Kalahandi (Odisha), Muzaffarpur & Sitamarhi (Bihar), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh), Baran (Rajasthan), Firozpur (Punjab) and Damoh (Madhya Pradesh).

    2. POWERGRID has approved around ₹66.55 Crore towards transformational change in all above 9 Districts allotted to it. Some more projects under Aspirational districts allotted to us are being conceived in consultation with respective District Administration.

  12. Women Empowerment:

    POWERGRID is committed to undertake CSR works for Empowerment of Women in the field of Skill Development, Health, Education and Sanitation. Projects worth Rs.9.31 Cr. are in various stages of completion.

MoU with Kendriya Sainik Board

Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) administratively controls Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF) providing financial assistance to needy Ex-Servicemen, War widows and their Dependents; and the Institutions involved in rehabilitation of the Ex-Servicemen, War widows and their Dependents.

POWERGRID contributed Rs. 15.0 Crore to KSB, AFFDF with the objective of education grant for 12500 children of Ex-Servicemen, Martyrs and their widows. In this regard MoU was signed with KSB on 27.02.2020 for FY 2019-20. POWERGRID has also contributed Rs.4.99 Crore in 2015-16 to KSB for education of 4166 children of Armed Forces Veterans and War- Widows.

MoU with National Foundation for Communal Harmony

POWERGRID signed MoU with M/s National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH), an Autonomous Organization under Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India on 12th February, 2020, for providing assistance of Rs. 210.30 Crore for rehabilitation of child victims of communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence, with special reference to their care, education and training besides promoting communal harmony, fraternity and national integration in Assam, Chhattisgarh and Manipur.