Birlasoft CSR Initiative with Solution to Stubble Burning

Birlasoft CSR Initiative with Solution to Stubble Burning

India’s overall socio-economic development is based on multiple factors which require active participation from various sectors, viz. Government, Private or Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Our agricultural sector is one such area that requires high concentration for its development and improvement. Due to uneven seasonal conditions, declining soil and other natural conditions, it requires attention from time to time.

Birlasoft CSR Initiative

Paddy Burning or crop residual burning or stubble burning is one such hazardous agricultural activity that needs stoppage at the earliest opportunity. This practice is nothing but deliberately putting fire to the residue left after harvesting the wheat and other grains. This practice is mostly prevalent in the northern region of India, particularly in Punjab. Although, this practice is cheap and cleans the field completely for new sowing of crops, it has many harmful effects on the environment as well. For instance, it leads to a loss of nutrients, high pollution from smoke, it damages the electrical equipment and there is always the risk of fire spreading out of control.

To lessen the worries of our farmers, Birla Soft with Seed CSR and PAU one of leading CSR Implementation Partner, have initiated a Social Initiative called “Shodhan” in Agethi and bibipur village Patiala, Punjab.

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This CSR Initiative has been started to introduce new techniques for wiping off the crop residues without leaving anything harmful behind to destroy the environment. Even as the state is pushing for “in-situ” management of paddy straw as an alternative to burning it, most farmers seem reluctant to give up their age-old practice in the absence of any government incentive.

To bring this behavioural change in the practise of residual management this social initiative is being started. With the very first interaction with the farmers , many farmers come forward to adapt to this new technique of crop residual management. The objective of this Shodhan Project is to to tackle the huge quantity of straw generated is to incorporate it back into the soil (in situ). Not only it improves the soil quality, but also reduces the use of chemical fertiliser. With the initial response, more than 100 farmers come forward to participate in this awareness session for the betterment of the Crop Residual Management

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Birla Soft with Seed CSR is empanelled with Agricultural Board to provide with machines such as balers, choppers, rotavators, happy seeders, and rakes for the smart management for Crop Residual. With this initiative it will mark another magnificent step in improving the Agriculutral Development in India.

PLEDGE TO MAKE SKILL INDIA

PLEDGE TO MAKE SKILL INDIA

The “Skill India” mission was set in place by the Narendra Modi two years ago and has been fast-tracking development in the nation ever since. It is a program that understands the need to make use of the abundant labor force we have at our disposal, in a manner that uplifts their standards and raises the country’s level of development as well. The idea remains simple – give a man charity and he’ll survive for a week but teach him a skill and he will earn a livelihood. Today, on July 2015, we celebrate the two-year anniversary of Skill India and its continuous success.1

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ROLE OF SELF-HELP GROUPS (SHGS)

ROLE OF SELF-HELP GROUPS (SHGS)

Self-help Groups (SHGs) is a group of 10-20 members who work independently in order to become self-sufficient. The role of self help groups in community development found its roots in Grameen Bank model, Bangladesh (1970s) and since then the whole concept of SHGs is working in making women more productive in work front at power with men. These SHG are even called by Swayam Sahita Samuh.

Such Self Help Groups have various methods under which it works. For example: inter loaning among members, rules made by the members for proper functioning of the group, proper book keeping of credit and debit etc. Members make small regular savings contributions for few months for the group they are part of until enough capital is stored for the group to begin lending. The most significant feature of such groups is ‘linkage’ with the banks for delivery of micro-credit. In laymen language, micro-credit refers to small loans given by the group members to one another at bad times and to meet credit needs.

They  may be registered or unregistered. It is basically a homogeneous group where members belonging to same backgrounds and interests come together for achieving the sole interest of empowerment and saving little sum of money to meet the emergency needs. They pool their resources to become financially stable, taking loans from their groups and make everybody in that group self-employed. There is strong procedure for repayment among group members.

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This move of forming and promoting Self Help Groups has reduced the gender inequalities prevailing in country. With the central and state Governments, NABARD is extending support for women SHGs as a strategy for women empowerment. Important policy initiatives has been taken in this regard that includes- promotion of groups under Development of Women and Children in rural Areas(DWACRA), South Asian Poverty Alleviation programme(SAPAP) assisted by UNDP under Dhaka declaration.

The SHGs by providing access to financial services and informing the women members about the numerous welfare programmes is truly empowering by involving women in several activities and also making them understand about the market workings. This way it is addressing the gender issues of economic development in India in best way possible. The women involved have learned to manage money and use it in worst situations. Hence, financial empowerment is taking place where women are more aware of financial knowledge and are seen as women entrepreneurs. Thus, the concept of SHGs is being promoted by government and presently, also among rural women.  The status of power and position that was lacking for women since independence have now been covered up and this was possible only with the initiation of the concept self-help groups.

Yoga Day: Celebrating the union between Mind, Body and Soul

Yoga Day: Celebrating the union between Mind, Body and Soul

To promote harmony between man and nature and adopt a holistic approach towards health and well-being, we celebrate International Day of Yoga on 21 june, 2015. The roots of Yoga Day can be traced back to Prime Minister Modi’s address to the UN in September 2014, where he said,” Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies the unity of mind and body, thought and action.”
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Take a Lead: Save the Earth

Take a Lead: Save the Earth

“The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them, at least, as it was handed over to us.” Mahatma Gandhi
Earth our only home is in danger. As a result of global warming there is a rise in the earth’s temperature and oceans and atmosphere is heating up, glaciers are melting, hurricanes are occurring while there are certain areas that are facing drought condition.
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Water: The essence of life

Water: The essence of life

“Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink”

When Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the 17th century wrote this line in his poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, he was only describing the plight of the mariner in the midst of the sea. However this line seems to have found relevance and a new meaning in today’s date. Water scarcity as well as safe drinking water is a grave situation that the world is facing and needless to say demands attention from all.
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