As part of its initiatives under “Corporate Social Responsibility’, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd (RCF) has undertaken several projects in the areas of rural development, promoting health care and education aimed for the benefit of needy and for general good of the society. These projects are in accordance with Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Company’s CSR policy. RCF has spent Rs.3.88 Crore on CSR activities in the year 2018-19. The activities, in brief, are as under:
Scholarship to meritorious students
RCF offers a number of scholarships to students of SC / ST/ OBC communities for pursuing studies. Lodging, Boarding and Education expenses of selected students at Shivaji Military school, Pune is borne by RCF under this scheme.
Supply of Mid-Day Meal
RCF is supplying nutritious Mid-Day Meal to needy children studying in twenty five unaided schools, in and around Trombay area. The scheme is implemented through an NGO, ‘ISKCON Food Relief Foundation’ which supplies good and healthy meal to the children on behalf of RCF. In all, 8404 students have availed the benefit of this nutritious mid-day meal.
Supply of drinking water to the villages
RCF has been providing drinking water for last 23 years to seven villages around Thal unit through pipelines laid down from the water reservoir in the unit and spent about Rs.60.61 lakh on this account during the year. More than 15,700 residents of the villages got benefited of the scheme.
Community Medical Facility- Running of Mobile Medical Van
RCF in collaboration with Wockhardt Foundation, is running mobile medical van at Thal, Alibag and Chembur, Mumbai. Total three such medical vans (one at Chembur and two at Thal) were running during 2018-19. At Thal, on an average seven villages are covered in weekly cycles by a Mobile van and patients are benefitted from free medical services including supply of medicines. Through this facility, ailments like Malaria, Hepatitis, Dengue, Typhoid, Diabetes etc., are treated on regular basis. The Medical Van is accompanied with one MBBS doctor and one assistant. One medical van attends approximately 25,000 patients per annum.
RCF has supplied sports material and organised district level Adivasi Kabbadi Tournament wherein more than 1000 Tribals participated.
Livelihood enhancement projects
RCF has also supplied paddy, fruit saplings and free fertilizers to needy villagers near Thal.
Aspirational District (Osmanabad)
Government of India has issued guideline to CPSEs related to utilization of CSR funds in a focussed manner towards national priorities by adopting a theme based approach. As per the DPE guidelines common theme identified for the year 2018-19 was School Education and Health Care.
RCF had selected Osmanabad which is one of the Aspirational districts in Maharashtra. RCF has implemented two schemes in Osmanabad :
Mini Science Centres : RCF has set up “Mini Science Centres” in 40 Zilha Parishad Schools in Osmanbad district. All laboratories are installed by STEM learning Centre. It is a catalytic channel that is interactive, engaging & fun that’s aimed to raise awareness, grasp the information & strengthen the aptitude foundation of children; furthermore also supports the teachers in teaching - with a focus on science & maths. Mini science Centre has a range of 65 table top working models with 33 back-drops and manuals in regional language providing hands-on experience for learning Science and Mathematics for Class 5 to 10.
Medical Equipments: RCF supplied Medical Equipment to Civil Hospital Osmanabad. The medical Equipments provided are Digital X-Ray Machine, C-arm, Portable X-Ray, Cell Counter 5 Parts, Semi Auto analyser, Bone Drill, Autoclave Horizontal, Sonography Colour Doppler, Dental X-ray, ECG Machine, as per the request from District Collector, Osmanabad.