Powering with Care
National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) is firmly guided by the philosophy that its core business of power generation is intricately intertwined with social and environmental growth. NTPC is dedicated to generating reliable energy at competitive prices in a sustained manner employing a mix of energy sources and using innovative eco-friendly technologies. Policies and actions of the company are geared towards adding to the country’s overall economic progress, uplifting the society at large and nurturing a greener planet. NTPC is a firm believer in harmonising the 3Ps: People, Planet and Power.
In NTPC, CSR strategy is well integrated with the core business of generating power and setting up power projects. . NTPC’s first community intervention starts with planning of a project and initial development activities, aimed at gaining confidence with the local population. In the next stage comes community interventions under the R&R policy which is a combination of individual benefits to project affected families (besides land compensation) such as resettlement & rehabilitation a swell as community development. This phase begins once the project investment approval is through and continues till the time the project is fully commissioned. Corporate Social Responsibility Policy of the company targets areas such as education, health, sanitation, hygiene, women empowerment as well as vocational skill development and drinking water etc.
One of the more successful schemes of NTPC has been the National Revised Tuberculosis Control Program for which NTPC has
signed an MOU with the Ministry of Health. The association has helped about 26,000 people in rural areas near NTPC’s project sites, through 12 local centres. Of these, about 4000 were found infected for which they were treated. More than 3000 of these people have completed treatment. Another initiative has been adoption of 17 ITIs across the country as well as building of nine new ITIs. The adoption has given a new lease of life to these ITIs with new subject streams as well as capacity building. In yet another project, at its Simhadri project site, NTPC is associating with a drinking water availability project along with the district administration. The project has made drinking water available to 27 villages.
Besides this, the NTPC Foundation, set up in 2004, has also been involved in various charitable works. It has opened special ICT centres for visually impaired and physically handicapped in four blind schools as well as at three national Universities (Delhi, Gawahati and Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya) where computer education is given through specially designed software and hardware to improve employability. NTPC Foundation has also opened fi ve Disability Rehabilitation Centres through an MoU with the National Institute of Orthopedically Handicapped at its project sites of Rihand, Tanda, Korba, Dadri and Bongaigaon. At these centres, surgeries have been conducted so the patients can use artificial limbs. About 15,000 people have been benefi tted by the initiative so far. Furthermore, distributed generation projects have been put up in villages close to some NTPC projects to provide electricity as well as encourage the cause of renewables.
NTPC’s Commitment to Swachh Bharat
In line with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s push for Swachh Bharat (Clean India), NTPC has also undertaken various activities / initiatives for promoting and realizing this dream of a clean India in its plants / projects / offices.
To propagate the message of cleanliness, NTPC organized intensive awareness and cleanliness campaign through various activities during Sept- Oct, 2014 in its Projects / Stations / Offices to bring about mass awareness among its employees, associates and their family members to ensure cleanliness at the workplace as well as residential premises. In line with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s push for Swachh Bharat (Clean India), NTPC has also undertaken various activities / initiatives for promoting and realizing this dream of a clean India in its plants / projects / offices. To propagate the message of cleanliness, NTPC organized intensive awareness and cleanliness campaign through various activities during Sept- Oct, 2014 in its Projects / Stations / Offi ces to bring about massawareness among its employees, associates and their family members to ensure cleanliness at the workplace as well as residential premises.
On October 2, 2014, on the auspicious day of “Gandhi Jayanti” all the NTPC employees, associates as well as their family members, took part in “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” at their respective workplace / townships / residences. Pledge was taken and various events / competitions on the occasion were organized amongst employees, their spouses and school children. During the week, programmes like Nukkad Natak, Debates, Slogan competitions, Essay competitions, Painting competitions, Walks etc. were organized to spread awareness about cleanliness amongst employees, their family members and other stake holders.
During the awareness campaign, active involvement of our schools situated in the project / station townships was also ensured for inculcating the values of cleanliness in our children. In the first phase, NTPC has committed to construct about 24,000 toilets in schools selected from the list available on the website of Ministry of HRD. These toilets will be constructed in schools covering about 75 districts spread over 17 states .The construction of toilets is planned to be completed by August, 2015. For this NTPC has allocated an amount of Rs 285 Crore from CSR budget for the financial years 2014-15 and 2015-16. NTPC has also taken the responsibility for maintaining these toilets for a period of 2 years after completion of the toilet construction.
Furthermore, as part of its commitment towards society, NTPC has taken up construction of Community Toilets/ drains and to support the construction of Individual Toilets in the villages, especially in the neighbourhood of its operations. Over the next few years NTPC plans to pursue and reinforce Swachh Bharat in consultation with its various stakeholders.