A number of development initiatives run in communities around our manufacturing facilities and in far-flung areas, through constant and well-monitored support to educational, medical and charitable organizations.
A Community Development Scheme managed by representatives from the Management and the Union, with contributions from both, caters to the needs of the neighbouring communities. Contributions include construction of buildings for government/private educational institutions, providing borewells, bus shelters, streetlights and community television sets.
In 1994, the Dharam Hinduja Matriculation and Higher Secondary School, Thiruvottiyur, Chennai, was launched, managed by a Board of Trustees consisting of some of our senior executives and workmen. Every year, buses are donated to various schools, mostly catering to economically backward students. Desks and benches are also provided. The inmates of the 'Missionaries of Charity' near the Ennore Unit are provided with free food, every day.
Ambulances have been donated for worthy causes and free medical camps held. Employees participate in large numbers at periodic blood donation camps held at the Units.
Times of crisis have evoked spontaneous and generous contributions: Rs. 1 crore in aid of relief operations for the Tsunami victims. Another Rs. 15 lakhs was collected and contributed by our employees. Substantial relief material was distributed in the worst affected districts of Tamilnadu through NGOs.
On December 26, 2004, when tragedy struck, the residents of the badly affected fishermen hamlets took shelter in our Ennore Unit which is near the northern coastline of Chennai. Over 100 employees, along with buses and ambulances, were involved in relief operations including medical attention and feeding of the displaced. 30,000 food packets were distributed for the affected for almost a week after the tragedy. A permanent drinking water arrangement has been provided just outside the factory premises for use by nearby residents.
We are also working with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for long-term solutions like fishing equipment and community centers to the fishermen communities.