Red Cross-NMDC Centre being founded on Gandhi Jayanti

Reaching out to render medical assistance to the public at large and the poor in particular, NMDC is joining hands with Indian Red Cross Society, Andhra Pradesh State Branch, in building a Red Cross-NMDC Centre for Indian Systems of Medicine at the site adjacent to Red Cross Institute of Yoga and Nature Cure, on Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.

Narayan Datt Tiwari, Governor of Andhra Pradesh and President of Indian Red Cross Society, AP State Branch, laid the foundation stone of the Indian Systems of Medicine Complex, in the presence of Rana Som, chairman and managing director of NMDC Limited and A Lakshmana Rao, State Secretary (Hon.), Indian Red Cross Society, AP State Branch. The 1,227 sq yard site is allotted by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

The Centre, with a built-up area of about 90,000 sq feet on ten floors, would provide medical facilities in five systems of alternative medicines, viz, Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. It will also have a Research Centre for these disciplines so as to enrich each of these systems scientifically.
NMDC, a premier mining organization now concentrating on value addition projects such as 3 million tonne integrated steel plant, pellet plants, etc, is in the forefront of serving the society through its CSR initiatives. 5 per cent of its annual retained earnings is earmarked for CSR activities. The CSR initiatives generally cover education, health and medical, water supply, infrastructure development, etc.

NMDC’s commitment to CSR has been recognised and it has been conferred with India Pride Award for CSR Excellence for the year 2008-09. CMD, NMDC has been selected chairman of the Sustainable Mining Initiative CEOs Forum of Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI).

Some of the CSR initiatives of NMDC are as follows:

Integrated Village Development

The complete village development covering all aspects is being taken up from the year 2008-09 with an ultimate goal of self sustenance after a period of 3 to 5 years support from NMDC. The support shall be in the fields of education, agricultural development, formation of self help groups, generation of income through other economic activities such as poultry development, professional skill development etc. 58 villages shall be adopted for overall development in Dantewada district around our project areas. Work has already begun in 28 Villages.

Medicare

Presently, all the locals are being treated in the project hospitals both inpatient and outpatient at free of cost. About one lakh villagers per year are being treated in the Projects hospitals at Bailadila and Donimalai. One dispensary is being run by NMDC for the benefit of villagers surrounding the proposed Integrated Steel Plant at Nagarnar. Periodical health camps are being carried out for cataract, gyenic, ortho, etc. Two medical vans with ultra modern medical equipment are visiting the villages everyday in Bailadila area covering 29 villages. Two qualified doctors for each van recruited exclusively for ‘Hospital on Wheels’. This scheme is being extended to Donimalai in Karnataka and Nagarnar in Chhattisgarh.

Education

A Scholarship scheme to motivate SC/ST students to pursue study beyond 8th class upto degree in engineering/medicine has been introduced in five districts in Bastar and eight villages surrounding Donimalai project. Over 7,000 scholarships have been distributed during 2008-09. NMDC has partnered with the Government of Chhattisgarh for the establishment of a Medical College at Jagdalpur. NMDC has been providing school uniforms to about 10,000 students every year, apart from construction of additional class-rooms, and other facilities in existing school buildings.

Establishment of residential schools at Geedam, Kuwakonda, Dantewara and Nagarnar in Chhattisgarh and Sitapur in UP are under active consideration. Establishment of ITI’s and Polytechniques at Dantewara and Nagarnar are also on the cards.

Skill Development

Skill development programmes on jute, bamboo, bell metal, terra cotta, to develop the inherent skills of Bastar villagers have been conducted. This is yielding revenue to the trained youth.

Literacy Improvement Programme

NMDC is taking up literacy improvement programme in the tribal villages. Initially, the scheme will be taken up in about 100 schools and will be extended to the other villages in a phased manner. The scheme consists of two parts.

The children, who are absenting from the school regularly, shall be motivated to attend the school to improve the percentage of students getting the education.

Secondly, the learning gap between the knowledge level of the student and the expected level of standard will be filled through additional coaching before and after school hours through specially trained coaches.

These students shall be taken care of in all aspects such as books, school uniform, study tours, etc.

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