The Company is committed to good corporate citizenship and makes constant efforts to build and nurture long lasting relationships with members of the society in general and the communities around its manufacturing facilities in particular. The Company’s CSR Policy is built on the principle of giving back to the society from which it draws its resources, by extending a helping hand to the needy and the underprivileged.
NBV has chosen Health, Education and Livelihoods as the three thrust areas for discharging its Corporate Social Responsibility.
Apart from the above thrust areas, NBV strives to serve the society through various other measures like women empowerment, setting up of home for disabled persons, helping farmers to adopt best agricultural practices and maintaining quality of soil, etc.
The Company focuses on creating awareness and improving health standards of rural poor through providing facilities and reaching quality health care in the areas of general medicine, eye care, dental care, etc.
Establishment of Eye Care Centres
To serve the needs of a large tribal and other underprivileged population, NBV has established, in association with LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Nava Bharat Eye Center at Paloncha in Telangana, India. The centre is equipped with modern eye care facilities, the latest being Green laser equipment for diabetic patients. So far, the Center has treated 116,391 out patients and performed 12,332 surgeries.
Nava Bharat Eye Center at Paloncha is adjudged the ideal centre among all the twelve LVPEI satellite centres.
NBV provided financial assistance to Bhubaneswar Eye Institute, a world-class eye care centre set up at Bhubaneswar, in Odisha, by the famous LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad.
In association with Operation Eyesight Universal, NBV established the Ophthalmic Centre (a comprehensive eye care unit) at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. This has contributed substantially to eradication of avoidable blindness, a major concern in Zambia.
Conducting Medical Camps & Health Campaign
Most of the people in rural areas live in unhygienic conditions and suffer from general ailments and diseases due to lack of awareness and necessary medical help. NBV has been organizing medical camps in villages to mitigate this problem.
To render free medical services for ordinary ailments to people living in surrounding villages, the Company’s unit at Paloncha started a Health Campaign which benefitted more than 12,680 villagers.
Establishment of Health Centres
To reach good medical treatment to people living in villages, NBV constructed full-fledged Village Health Centres at Bhatlapenumarru in the State of Andhra Pradesh and Kharagprasad in the State of Odisha.
In addition, to cater to the medical needs of marginalised sections of local population, the Company established a Primary Health Centre at Nava Bharat Eye Centre (NBEC), Paloncha in the State of Telangana.
Providing Healthy Drinking Water
To control the incidence of water-borne diseases and improve health of villagers, the Company took the initiative of providing safe drinking water at affordable cost by installing RO Water Plants in villages surrounding the Company’s manufacturing facilities in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
NBVL adopts a multi-faceted approach to promote quality education in backward areas. The major initiatives taken by the Company comprise:
Establishing and running Schools
The Company is running Nava Bharat Schools at Paloncha in the State of Telangana and supporting Brahmani Public School at Kharagprasad in the State of Odisha, with a total strength of 2000 students. The Company’s Schools have been achieving 100% results year after year with a large percentage of distinctions and have become Centres of Excellence in secondary education in the region. Apart from imparting contemporary knowledge in various subjects of study, these schools play a vital role in overall development of the students.
Arranging Free Tuitions
To inculcate the habit of study and improve scholastic performance of children of daily wage earners and agricultural labourers below poverty line, dwelling around the Company’s Works at Paloncha, the Company is arranging free tuitions in the evening hours. There is a marked improvement in the academic performance of the children attending these classes. The total number of beneficiaries so far has reached 2700 spanning 17 centres.
Mobile Science Laboratory
To improve learning of science through experiments by students of government schools which lack necessary laboratory facilities, the Company has undertaken ‘Nava Bharat Vignana Dayini’ initiative. Under this scheme, a mobile science laboratory visits various schools and demonstrates scientific experiments to the students. This project has benefitted a large number of students studying in as many as 28 schools.
The Company recruited 11 computer instructors in 11 Government schools around Paloncha to improve competence of students in use of computers.
Supplementary Spoken English
To improve the communication skills in English among the students, the Company introduced a Supplementary Spoken English Programme for students of 6th to 10th standards in Government Schools in villages. This has helped to improve their oral communication skills in English, despite their location in rural areas where all communications in daily life are done only in regional language. About 1500 students in 7 schools are bebefitted by this programme.
The Company has constructed class rooms, school buildings and hostels for tribal and differently abled students. In addition, it has contributed school furniture and constructed toilets and amenity buildings for girl students and lady teachers in Upper Primary and High Schools in nearby villages.
NBVL aims at lending a helping hand to people by providing means of livelihood and empowerment.
The demand for skilled manpower in india has been increasing much faster than its supply, resulting in a significant shortage of skills across several trades. The overall economic development of the country has also led to the emergence of new types of skill requirements that offer promising employment opportunities.
Responding to this growing requirement, NBV has set up Nava Bharat Vocational Institute at Paloncha which is providing vocational training in various trades like Welder, Electrician, Fitter and Plumber. Two new courses have been added: Refrigeration & Air Conditioning in tie-up with M/s. Daikin and Two Wheeler Mechanic in tie-up with M/s. TVS Motor.
Technical training on Micro Irrigation is provided by the Sugar Division at Samalkot to rural youth.
In view of the increasing employment opportunities for youth trained in desk top publishing and use of accounting packages, Nava Bharat Vocational Institute at Paloncha has started DTP and Tally courses.
As part of the Company’s initiative to empower rural women, Nava Bharat Vocational Institute at Paloncha has introduced two new courses exclusively for women: Tailoring & Embroidery work and Beautician courses. The response has been quite encouraging. To bring under one roof,all the vocational courses for women conducted so far in different buildings, a new Women Empowerment Center has been constructed within the company premises at Paloncha. This will also facilitate introduction of new courses for women with suitable training facilities. Training in Palm Leaf Weaving is one such course introduced recently.
The Company is providing training to women from different villages on producing household items like phenyl, detergents, pain relief balms, candles, cotton bags, paper plates, development of kitchen garden, processing of pulses, etc.
In addition, the Company established Vocational Employment Centre for Women at Paloncha. The women trained by Nava Bharat Vocational Institute, Paloncha in Tailoring & Embroidery trade work at this centre. The earnings are given away to the women.
Other CSR Activities
Setting up Home for the Disabled
To provide a safe and secure habitat for disabled persons of all ethnic origins, The Home for the Disabled was established at Bansilalpet in Secunderabad. It is managed by a registered, charitable organization. To accommodate increasing number of such persons, The Home embarked on setting up an Extension Unit at Sampanbole village, in Telangana State.
The Company extended financial support for construction of the above extension unit.
Integrated Farmers’ Service Centre (IFSC)
IFSC, established by the Company at Samalkot in Andhra Pradesh, promotes farmers’ welfare with a holistic approach. It is equipped with a Plant Health Centre, Bio-fertilizer and Bio-control Laboratories, Tissue Culture Laboratory and class rooms.
While the Plant Health Centre provides day-to-day solutions to farmers, the Bio-fertliser Laboratory produces micro-organisms for the biological decomposition of farm and factory waste into bio-earth (organic manure) and further enrichment with bio-fertilizers. The Bio-Control Laboratory produces egg parasites and distributes them for biological control of crop pests. The Tissue Culture Laboratory produces virus-free seedlings.
IFSC also creates awareness and empowers rural women from farming communities on women welfare, community hygiene, adult women education and local skill utilization.