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Community involvement

The Essar Group understands the value that people deliver in the making of a great company. The Group's spirited involvement in community service is inspired by these beliefs.

Beyond business

community_initiative.jpgThe Essar Group is both a people-driven and people-centric organisation. The Group's ethos on social responsibility focuses not just on taking care of its own employees, but also on enabling and enriching the communities around the areas where its plants are located.  In addition, the Group has been at the forefront in rendering aid and assistance by way of donations as well as relief supplies in times of national calamities, such as the tsunami, earthquakes and floods. Essar has made significant contributions to the prime minister's and chief ministers' relief funds in the past several years to alleviate suffering and help rehabilitation.

During the trauma of the 2001 earthquake and the drought of 2000 in Gujarat, Essar responded by providing doctors, critical life-saving drugs and drinking water, apart from supporting long-term rehabilitation programmes. Essar also supplied material assistance to the Gujarat Electricity Board for re-commissioning a number of distribution stations in Bhuj after the devastating earthquake. At the same time, the Group helped in the rehabilitation of Surendranagar by building schools and drilling community bore-wells.

Employee involvement

community2_essar.jpgThe underlying objectives of Essar's activities are to motivate employees to participate in and contribute to the activities initiated by the Community Relations Centre, to create self-help groups for village women, to further overall development of children and women, and to spread awareness about AIDS and de-addiction.

Essar has outlined seven focus areas where employee involvement can make a difference to the people of the community:
bullet_blue.gif Education
bullet_blue.gif Self-employment
bullet_blue.gif Training
bullet_blue.gif Infrastructure development
bullet_blue.gif Medicine
bullet_blue.gif Health and hygiene
bullet_blue.gif Recreation and welfare

In every quarter, specific tasks have been lined up, and are being conducted with a high success rate, with the involvement of community leaders.

Special focus on Hazira, India

The Group has transformed Hazira and its neighbouring areas by planting thousands of trees and laying water pipelines. Self-supporting schemes for women, schools, roads and playgrounds, and outreach programmes have established Essar as a committed corporate citizen of Gujarat. What's more, the company's businesses have generated direct and indirect employment opportunities for thousands of people in Gujarat.

The Group has supported and continues to support Hazira and surrounding villages through the following activities:
bullet_blue.gif Built a water pipeline to carry 0.7 million cubic metres of drinking water everyday to the villages near Hazira
bullet_blue.gif Organising weekly recreational programs for children between the ages of 9 and 12 at Ankur Bal Kendra, Hazira
bullet_blue.gif Providing subsidised medical care at the Essar Hospital at Nand Niketan for the local population
bullet_blue.gif Providing subsidised education facilities at Nand Vidya Niketan for children of nearby communities
bullet_blue.gif Infrastructure development; building of overhead water storage tank at Matafalia village
bullet_blue.gif Maintaining water pipelines, community wells, etc.
bullet_blue.gif Worked on the electrification of the 7km stretch of road from L&T to Mandali Gate
bullet_blue.gif Building and laying an approach road to the village crematorium
bullet_blue.gif Donation of an ambulance to the Arogya Samiti of Hazira village
bullet_blue.gif Providing direct and indirect employment to semi-skilled and unskilled population

Activities at Vadinar, India

bullet_blue.gif Two major ponds have been deepened in Kathi Devaria and Kajurda villages for rainwater harvesting
bullet_blue.gif Water tankers are sent periodically to Kajurda, Vijaynagar and Bharana villages to help deal with water shortages
bullet_blue.gif Two school buildings at Bharana and Jankhar villages have been renovated
bullet_blue.gif More than 150,000kg of fodder has been supplied to 14 surrounding village gaushalas (cow farms). From August 2007 onwards, Fodder Financial Assistance is provided to villages near the refinery
bullet_blue.gif Around 12,000 patients from the refinery's 10 surrounding villages benefited from an arogya vahini (mobile clinic), while around 3,000 patients benefited at our Mother & Child Centre at Vadinar, a joint venture with the District Panchayat, Jamnagar
bullet_blue.gif Four eye camps were organised in 2007-08, with 500 patients receiving treatment and 25 patients being operated on, free of cost
bullet_blue.gif A skin treatment camp was also organised at Timbdi village where 100 patients were diagnosed and necessary medicine distributed
bullet_blue.gif Since November 2007, a 24-hour Essar Community Health Centre started in Jankhar village, with three doctors, three paramedics and an ambulance. The centre also has a full-fledged laboratory that is available round the clock
bullet_blue.gif Two medical camps were organised in 2007-08 at Jankhar and Kajurda villages where 1,100 people from 10-12 villages were treated 
bullet_blue.gif At the Primary School Mahotshav 2007, 1,450 school bag kits were distributed to students from 74 villages of Khambhalia and Lalpur talukas
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