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 focus areas for discharging its Corporate Social Responsibility.
Apart from the above focus areas, NBV strives to serve the society through various other measures like construction of roads & drains, 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, making safe drinking water available, 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 166,571 out patients and performed 16,472 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 slum areas, the Company’s unit at Paloncha started a Health Campaign which benefitted more than 28,000 people so far.
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. The Company has established 15 water plants in as many villages in Bhadradri Kothagudem district of Telangana and 4 plants in East Godavari district of 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 2,777 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 4,550 spanning 19 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 encourages students to gain hands on experience in carrying out scientific experiments. This project is benefitting 6000 students every year, studying in as many as 28 schools.
The Company recruited 17 computer instructors in 17 Government schools around Paloncha and Kothagudem 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 Englsh, despite their location in rural areas where all communications in daily life are done only in regional language. A total of 5,657 students in 10 schools are benefitted so far by this programme.
The company provided K-Yan equipment consisting of a computer, projector and speaker with provision to connect TV and pen-drive. This facility covers all subjects of study (except languages) and provides visuals with animation. It is used from 6th to 10th class in 18 schools, benefitting 5670 students. Use of K-Yans has improved the quality of education and learning experience.
The Company has constructed class rooms, school buildings and hostels for tribal and differently abled students. In addition, it has contributed so far, 2617 dual desks to 85 schools and constructed toilets, and, amenity buildings for girl students and lady teachers, in 19 Upper Primary and High Schools in nearby villages, benefitting 5120 persons.
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, Plumber, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning technician in tie-up with M/s. Daikin and Two Wheeler Mechanic in tie-up with M/s. TVS Motor. A welding simulator is aquired to improve proficency in welding.
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 started DTP and Tally courses.
As part of the Company’s initiative to empower rural women, a Women Empowerment Center has been constructed within the company premises at Paloncha.
This exclusive facility for women imparts training in tailoring & embroidery, jute product making, palm leaf weaving, sanitary napkin making and beautician courses.
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.
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 this 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.