How A 6 meter long culvert changes’ life
Budhi Rapti river passes between the districts of Sant Kabir Nagar and Siddharth Nagar. The existing bridge was far away and the villagers, particularly those staying near Santha Block, faced difficulties in commuting since ages. There was no permanent bridge/culvert to cross over the river near Santha Block. During summer and winter, when the water level of the river was low, people of nearby villages of Santha Block generally cross the Budhi Rapti river on foot and during rainy season through bamboo bridges (locally called chahali), only pedestrian / cyclist can use this chehali bridge to cross the river. During the rainy season villagers struck up in transportation of their agricultural products and other goods to the nearby markets located in other side of the river and also to bring things like fertilizers and other material needed for their livelihood and for other societal needs etc. from the other side market. This had a direct impact on the socio-economic condition of the population near Santha Block.
The solution to overcome this socio-economic deprivation laid in construction of a culvert of size of about 4 X 6 meter span. POWERGRID took upon the job of construction of this culvert. With the expertise of Rural Engineering Department, Govt. of UP, a suitable site near Jamiya Ghat was identified and the plan for the culvert was rolled out. The work was executed by Rural Engineering Department, Govt. of UP, and became a matter of pride to the local population.
Around 50,000 people of the nearby villages under Santha Block and other nearby areas were benefitted after construction of culvert which facilitated in smooth commutation of people and transportation of goods. The culvert has connected two districts namely; Gorakhpur and Sant Kabir nagar and made them easy assessable to the masses. The socio-economic deprivation, which the population of Santha Block were suffering, was greatly eased as a result of this simple intervention of POWERGRID. This CSR activity facilitated the villagers for better and comfortable life and help them in socio-economic upliftment of a large section of the population.
Change in learning environment through dignified sitting arrangement
Learning ecosystem has a good deal of bearing on the eventual learning outcomes of children. With this philosophy in mind POWERGRID undertakes number of activities in various schools around its areas of operation. In one such initiative, POWERGRID team undertook cleanliness drive in the B1 and B2 Government Primary Schools located in Sushant Lok-I, Gurgaon under the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan”. The students and teachers of these schools joined hands with the POWERGRID team and actively participated in cleaning up the school premises. During the course of the cleanliness drive, it was observed that the students belonged to the financially weaker section of the society. Their father were working as rickshaw pullers, labourers or doing such petty jobs and their mothers were working as household maid in the adjoining townships. Inspite of availability of good school building constructed by the state government, with electrical connection having lights & fans and also providing mid-day meals, uniforms, books etc. as per the norms of the state government, these innocent, joyful children were all sitting in the floor in the classrooms. The teacher did not have any chair and table in the class room and neither was there any notice board. Due to the constraints of physical infrastructure the children were unable to concentrate on the lessons being taught and do their work. As already mentioned earlier, the children did not have a conducive learning environment at home and hence their learning outcome was largely dependent on the learning at schools. Due to the poor body posture while taking lessons in the class, the students used to lose concentration particularly during the last few period of the day and there was absenteeism, besides usual loitering around the school during class hours on some pretext or the other.
One of the needs of the hour was to provide a comfortable learning environment for the students by way of sitting in the desk and bench and a comfortable teaching environment for the teachers by way of chairs and tables in the class rooms. Having identified the need, POWERGRID took up the matter with “Central Jail factory” at Tihar Jail, New Delhi, who whole heartedly agreed to supply the materials within a fortnight. To source the materials from Tihar Jail, was another feature in the cap, by virtue of providing the prisoners with an opportunity for earning and learning a trade for their livelihood after their release from prison.
Rightfully, the furnitures were supplied to the school, just before the Independence Day 2016. The children were so excited and happy with the opportunity to have a permanent sitting arrangement in the chair that they themselves shifted the desks and benches from the truck to their respective class rooms within a matter of minutes and sat there cheerfully for the rest of the day.
During the handing over ceremony on the Independence Day 2016, the teacher told the POWERGRID officials that the immediate perceivable outcome of the supply of the desk and bench was drastic reduction in absenteeism during the later period of the day. The children remain less exhausted at the end of the day and spend more time in the class room. This initiate of POWERGRID has greatly managed to create a good learning environment in the school.
SUCCESS STORIES OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES THROUGH “ITCOT”
Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, as a part of its CSR activity had engaged ITCOT to implement a pilot Placement cum Skill development Training Programme for 300 Unemployed Youth in Ariyalur, Dharmapuri districts of Tamilnadu and Bijapur district of Karnataka. After a year the following success stories were documented
Bijapur - Karnataka
- Mr. Santosh Hadapad was unemployed before joining the training programme as he completely lacked computer knowledge.
- After completing the training programme sponsored by Power Grid, the beneficiary started earning Rs. 12,000/- per month, as a computer Operator at Bank of Baroda.
The Beneficiary testified that the project trained him to operate computer and has made him more confident as he is contributing to the family income.
- Mr. Vishal Mane’s family income was Rs 7000/- per month. After completing the training programme sponsored by Power Grid, the beneficiary started earning Rs 6,000/- per month.
The beneficiary now works at Supreme Medical shop as a billing in-charge.
- Mr. Vitesh Kanase was unemployed before joining the training programme as he completely lacked computer knowledge.
- After the training programme sponsored by Power Grid he started earning Rs. 7,000/- per month as a Data entry staff V K Motors (Hero Honda Showroom)
He testified that his family is much more happier with him as he is perceived as more responsible and he owes it all to the Power Grid training programme
- Mr. Ayyub Hakki, admitted that he was desperate for a job before joining the training programme.
- After completing the training programme sponsored by Power Grid, the beneficiary joined in Siddeshwar Engineering as a Customer relationship officer with a monthly salary of Rs. 8,000.
He mentioned that the training programme apart from helping him improve his computer knowledge, the soft skill sessions helped him improve his spoken English and confidence for talking to the customers.
- Mr. Santosh Wali, joined Siddeshwar Engineering as an Accountant with a monthly salary of Rs. 7,000.
He stated that apart from computer knowledge the Tally training given during the training programme has helped him excel in his current job.
Dharmapuri - Tamilnadu
- G.Gomathi, before joining the training programme sponsored by Power Grid, the family income of the beneficiary was 4,000/- per month.
- After completing the training programme, the beneficiary started earning Rs. 16,000/- per month, which has raised her family income to Rs. 2,00,000/- per annum.
She is very much thankful for the opportunity, as she is able to contribute to the family income.
- S.Jayasri, before joining the training programme sponsored by Power Grid, the family income of the beneficiary was 3,000/- per month.
- After completing the training programme the beneficiary started earning Rs. 7,000/- per month in AGNII SOFTWARES as a Tally Accountant which has raised her family income to Rs.84,000/- per annum.
- She is very much thankful for the opportunity, as she is able to support the education of her children.
- D.Udayakumar, before joining the training programme sponsored by Power Grid, the family income of the beneficiary was 3,500/- per month.
- After completing the training programme the beneficiary started earning Rs.12,000/- per month in MALABAR GOLD, DHARMAPURI as a Marketing Manager which has raised his family income to Rs.1,44,000/- per annum.
The beneficiary shared that the soft skill sessions has helped him develop his etiquettes and is much thankful for the training programme.
- Kanagamani.T, before joining the training programme sponsored by Power Grid, the family income of the beneficiary was ,3000/- per month.
- After completing the the training programme the beneficiary started earning Rs. 5,000/- per month in SRI MAHALAKSHMI TVS Show Room as an Accountant which has raised her family income to Rs.96,000/- per annum.
She shared that the soft skill sessions gave her more confidence to find a job irrespective of what the society might feel.
- Kannadasan.M, before joining the training programme sponsored by Power Grid, the family income of the beneficiary was 4,000/- per month.
After completing the training programme, the beneficiary started earning Rs.6,000/- per month in CSC Computer Education as a Computer Lab Co-ordinator which has raised him family income to Rs.12,0000/- per annum
Ariyalur – Tamilnadu
- Ms. Priya & Ms. Sandya, before joining the training programme sponsored by Power Grid were unemployed.
After completing the training programme the beneficiary started earning Rs. 6000/- per month, as computer Operator at National Insurance Company Limited (NICL), FMB Section, Ariyallur. Now they earn Rs. 8,000 as monthly salary.
Ms. Jeyasundari, before joining the training programme sponsored by Power Grid the family income was 6,000/- per month. Now she works with M/s., Kumaran DTP Centre, Ariyalur and earns Rs. 5,500 Per Month.
Ms. Rohini, before joining the training programme sponsored by Power Grid was unemployed. After completing the training programme the beneficiary joined M/s., Sri Sabari Optical, Ariyalur and earns Rs. 6,000 Per Month.
Ms. Srimathi, after completing the training programme joined M/s., CSC Computer Education, Ariyalur and is working as a computer instructor and earns Rs. 5,500 Per Month.