AAI CSR: GIV­ING BACK TO SO­CI­ETY

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Cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) is a busi­ness ap­proach that con­trib­utes to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment by de­liv­er­ing eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits to all stake­hold­ers. CSR is a con­cept with sev­eral def­i­ni­tions and prac­tices. Ac­cord­ing to United Na­tions In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion, “Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity is a man­age­ment con­cept whereby com­pa­nies in­te­grate so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns in their busi­ness op­er­a­tions and in­ter­ac­tions with their stake­hold­ers. CSR is gen­er­ally un­der­stood as be­ing the way through which a com­pany achieves a bal­ance of eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­per­a­tives, while at the same time ad­dress­ing the ex­pec­ta­tions of share­hold­ers and stake­hold­ers.

In In­dia, The Com­pa­nies Act, 2013 has brought the idea of CSR to the fore­front and Sched­ule VII of the Act, lists out the CSR ac­tiv­i­ties, sug­gest­ing com­mu­ni­ties to be the fo­cal point. Ac­cord­ing to Sec­tion 135 of the Act, “Ev­ery com­pany hav­ing net worth of

`500 Crores or more, or turnover of `1000 Crores or more or a net profit of

`5 Crores or more dur­ing any fi­nan­cial year shall con­sti­tute a Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity Com­mit­tee of the Board con­sist­ing of three or more di­rec­tors, out of which at least one di­rec­tor shall be an in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tor”. Un­der this Act, ev­ery com­pany, pri­vate lim­ited or pub­lic lim­ited, which ei­ther has a net worth of `500 Crores or a turnover of `1,000 Crores or net profit of `5 Crores, needs to spend at least 2% of its av­er­age net profit for the im­me­di­ately pre­ced­ing three fi­nan­cial years on cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ac­tiv­i­ties.

AAI’S UN­WA­VER­ING COM­MIT­MENT TO­WARDS THE SO­CI­ETY

Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia is com­mit­ted to mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on com­mu­ni­ties and en­vi­ron­ment. The or­gan­i­sa­tion aims to achieve, con­sol­i­date and strengthen good cor­po­rate gov­er­nance in­clud­ing so­cially and en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble busi­ness prac­tices that bal­ance fi­nan­cial profit with so­cial well-be­ing.

SCOPE AND AP­PROACH

AAI ac­knowl­edges that there are or can be ex­pected and un­in­tended out­comes and im­pact of its core busi­ness which is to build and op­er­a­tionalise air­ports. Given the na­ture of its work, the pri­mary im­pact of AAI’S ac­tiv­i­ties is on the en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­ni­ties in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity of the air­ports. Ap­proach for CSR has been to bring em­pow­er­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties near AAI air­ports in or­der to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment of in­clu­sive growth.

IN­AU­GU­RA­TION OF DUM DUM AIR­PORT GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL

As a part of CSR pro­gramme, a new school build­ing of Dum Dum Air­port Girls’ High School was in­au­gu­rated by Dr Gu­ruprasad Mo­ha­p­a­tra, Chair­man (AAI) at Kolkata on 22nd June, 2017. The con­struc­tion of the new school build­ing started in March, 2016 and was com­pleted within a record time. The new school build­ing con­sists of 16 Class­rooms and Teach­ers’ Room at each floor, Head­mistress’s of­fice at both the floors, Med­i­cal Room, Li­brary, Mu­sic Room, space for Mid-day meal, toi­let block at each floor, ramp pro­vi­sion and ded­i­cated toi­lets for Divyaang. Apart from the above, the school also has roof-top so­lar pan­els, fire alarm sys­tem, CCTV cam­eras, Com­put­ers and fur­ni­ture etc.

EN­HANC­ING VO­CA­TIONAL SKILLS

Be­ing an im­por­tant stake­holder of the in­fra­struc­ture and con­struc­tion sec­tor, Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI) ap­pre­ci­ates the ur­gent need of de­vel­op­ing a skilled and cer­ti­fied work­force for smooth im­ple­men­ta­tion of con­struc­tion projects

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of skill de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives in 2015-16, AAI and Con­struc­tion In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (CIDC) signed a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) for “Fi­nan­cial As­sis­tance for Em­ploy­ment Ori­ented Train­ing and Skill De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme”. It caters to SC/ ST/OBC/WOMEN, Un­em­ployed Youth and peo­ple from eco­nomic weaker sec­tions of so­ci­ety. The pro­gramme is aimed at pro­vid­ing job ori­ented skill de­vel­op­ment and train­ing to the marginalised and eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions of the so­ci­ety across In­dia.

The train­ing pro­grammes are con­ducted for ben­e­fi­cia­ries at dif­fer­ent CIDC cen­tres to pro­vide job-ori­ented skills to ru­ral youth, women, SC/ST/OBC and other marginalised sec­tions en­abling their em­ploy­ment in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. The trained and skilled work­force trans­lates to ca­pac­ity en­hance­ment in the con­struc­tion sec­tor help­ing in smooth im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­fra­struc­ture projects.

AAI has been able to lever­age its CSR ac­tiv­i­ties through this ini­tia­tive to cre­ate a big­ger im­pact and help in liveli­hood pro­mo­tion of peo­ple from re­mote ar­eas and marginalised sec­tions of the so­ci­ety. This ini­tia­tive has been fur­ther re­in­forced by in­clud­ing a clause in its Gen­eral Con­di­tions of Con­tract which states that 20 per cent of the labour force at any stage of con­struc­tion on projects should be trained, tested and cer­ti­fied.

Be­sides the cur­ricu­lum, trainees are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties for per­son­al­ity de­vel­op­ment. On cam­pus, Job Meets and Roz­gar Meets are ar­ranged to en­cour­age con­struc­tion com­pa­nies to en­gage with trainees.

Keep­ing in mind, the im­por­tance of cre­at­ing a skilled work­force for the de­vel­op­ment of our na­tion, AAI has re­alised that it is im­per­a­tive to raise ca­pac­i­ties of the in­dus­try and is thus com­mit­ted to meet the cur­rent and fu­ture chal­lenges of Skill In­dia. The above ini­tia­tive is a bold step in mak­ing Mis­sion “Skill In­dia” a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

IM­PROVED AC­CESS TO HEALTH­CARE, SAFE DRINK­ING WA­TER AND SAN­I­TA­TION FA­CIL­I­TIES

Am­bu­lance ser­vice for North east

AAI has pro­vided an Am­bu­lance Ser­vice with Ad­vanced Life Sup­port Sys­tems (ALS) for Longding District of Arunachal Pradesh with an ob­jec­tive of strength­en­ing the health ser­vices in the re­mote North-east Re­gion, un­der CSR Ini­tia­tives. This ALS Am­bu­lance will def­i­nitely pro­vide a big re­lief to the pa­tients com­ing from far off places and will be a great sup­port to the Pri­mary Health Centre fa­cil­ity in the Longding District of Arunachal Pradesh.

Green­field Air­port at Paky­ong, Sikkim

This project was de­vel­oped to ad­dress the needs of the lo­cal com­mu­nity most af­fected by the up­com­ing Green­field Air­port at Paky­ong, Sikkim. It has two ma­jor com­po­nents, con­ceived in ac­cor­dance with lo­cal com­mu­nity needs in Paky­ong:

The Paky­ong Health Centre, which pro­vides 24x7 ad­vanced med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties and emer­gency health care ser­vices to nearly 14,000 peo­ple liv­ing within 25km area of the Paky­ong town Ru­ral Wa­ter sup­ply project, which sub­stan­tially pro­vides drink­ing wa­ter fa­cil­ity to over 2400 res­i­dents of Los­ing and Dik­ling Vil­lages. The project cost is `39.90 lakhs and the project du­ra­tion is of 30 years. This ini­tia­tive was en­vis­aged dur­ing the com­mence­ment of the con­struc­tion work of the new air­port, keep­ing in mind the in­ad­e­quacy of health care fa­cil­i­ties for the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Un­der this, three wa­ter tanks of 10,000-litre ca­pac­ity, five tanks of 5,000-litre ca­pac­ity and two tanks of 2,000-litre Ca­pac­ity have been con­structed

Med­i­cal Mo­bile Unit, Paky­ong, Sikkim

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Depart­ment of Health, Gov­ern­ment of Sikkim, AAI has im­ple­mented a CSR project, a state-of-the-art med­i­cal mo­bile unit with ad­vanced med­i­cal di­ag­no­sis fa­cil­i­ties, which will be serv­ing the health needs of over 600 peo­ple ev­ery month, re­sid­ing in re­mote ar­eas of Paky­ong district of Sikkim. It is equipped with high qual­ity tech­ni­cally ad­vanced di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing-semi auto an­a­lyzer, Por­ta­ble ECG ma­chines, Vac­cine car­rier, BP ap­pa­ra­tus, Binoc­u­lar mi­cro­scope, Glu­come­ter, Ho­moglobome­tre, Re­sus­ci­ta­tion Kit, Oxy­gen sup­port sys­tem etc. The Unit also has doc­tors’ cham­ber, pa­tient ex­am­i­na­tion cham­ber, chem­i­cal toi­let, PA sys­tem, and canopies for pa­tients’ wait­ing area.

RU­RAL SPORTS

AAI recog­nises the need for im­proved sport­ing in­fra­struc­ture in ru­ral In­dia and is keen to de­velop sports fa­cil­i­ties to en­cour­age and nur­ture sport­ing tal­ents hid­den in in­te­rior and re­mote ar­eas of the coun­try. Tak­ing this into con­sid­er­a­tion, a dou­ble mat ‘wrestling-cum-mul­ti­pur­pose’ hall has been con­structed in Ba­raut, Ut­tar Pradesh (UP), a place teem­ing with wrestling champs and as­pir­ing grap­plers. This ini­tia­tive will help in groom­ing youth of the area who as­pires to take part in na­tional and in­ter­na­tional wrestling cham­pi­onships. The hall has the ca­pac­ity of around 300 peo­ple and is equipped with sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. Salient fea­tures: Ten­sile fab­ric (PVDF coated) Roof­ing struc­ture of 2200 sq. me­tre area Two wrestling mat­tresses of In­ter­na­tional stan­dards (with ap­proved cer­tifi­cates from In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of As­so­ci­ated Wrestling) Seat­ing ca­pac­ity 300 per­sons Tubu­lar/ms built up struc­tural steel work for roof­ing, columns and Aluminium for re­strict­ing en­try of birds Sky light Translu­cent roof­ing with mul­ti­cell poly­car­bon­ate sheet for day light Three Toi­let blocks Other fa­cil­i­ties: Chang­ing rooms, of­fice, pantry and VIP room

CON­STRUC­TION OF COM­MU­NITY BIO-TOI­LETS

In an ef­fort to­wards ful­fill­ing its re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards clean­li­ness and con­tribut­ing to the Gov­ern­ment`s flag­ship cam­paign “Swachh Bharat Ab­hiyan”, com­mu­nity Biotoi­lets were con­structed by AAI at Phoolpur, Al­la­habad. These bio-toi­lets re­duce solid hu­man waste by 90% and con­verts it into nu­tri­ent rich com­post. It is a very in­no­va­tive and eco-friendly so­lu­tion to the prob­lem of hu­man waste dis­posal as it dis­poses and de­grades hu­man waste in a com­pletely safe man­ner, with­out caus­ing any haz­ards to the en­vi­ron­ment. The pathogens and other dis­ease-caus­ing harm­ful or­gan­isms are elim­i­nated com­pletely and the wa­ter thus re­leased is ab­so­lutely clear and odour­less which later be­comes use­ful for ir­ri­ga­tion pur­poses.

FU­TURE PROJECTS

Mov­ing ahead with con­sis­tent ef­forts to ad­dress the is­sues and ex­pec­ta­tions of the so­ci­ety, Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia has planned var­i­ous new ini­tia­tives for the year 2017-18. AAI Board has ap­proved the fol­low­ing CSR pro­pos­als: Set­ting up of Cen­tral Kitchens at Hazarib­agh, Jhark­hand and Gun­tur, Andhra Pradesh through Ak­shaya Pa­tra Foun­da­tion Fi­nan­cial sup­port for es­tab­lish­ing “Bad­lav School” in Ti­har Jail, New Delhi. Pro­mo­tion of health care un­der pre­ven­tive by treat­ment of Pae­di­atric pa­tients who are be­low poverty line and suf­fer­ing from Cancer at Tata Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal, Mumbai Fund­ing of project for fit­ment of Cochlear Im­plants to chil­dren with hear­ing im­pair­ment for 100 chil­dren As­sis­tance for up­grad­ing ser­vices of Pathol­ogy Depart­ment of Cachar Cancer Hos­pi­tal & Re­search Centre, Silchar, As­sam Fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for pur­chase of of­fice fur­nish­ing (Ta­ble, Chair, Com­puter etc.), ap­pli­ances for the Centre of Ex­cel­lence in Ed­u­ca­tion; es­tab­lished in the fond mem­ory of over 280 peo­ple swept away dur­ing the flash floods in Ut­tarak­hand Con­struc­tion /ren­o­va­tion of Girls/boys Toi­let in 20 gov­ern­ment schools in Ajmer District, Ra­jasthan Pro­vi­sion of safe drink­ing wa­ter mis­cel­la­neous work in schools of vil­lages in the sur­round­ing ar­eas of Kis­hangarh Air­port in Ajmer District, Ra­jasthan The ef­forts of Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia have ben­e­fit­ted a large num­ber of peo­ple es­pe­cially com­mu­ni­ties re­sid­ing in the neigh­bor­hood of air­ports which are also recog­nised from time to time. As a CSR en­ter­prise, AAI is ded­i­cated to serve the so­ci­ety by bring­ing con­fi­dence and dig­nity to com­mu­ni­ties re­sid­ing near Air­ports as a CSR en­ter­prise. The or­ga­ni­za­tional mis­sion is to en­hance the qual­ity of life of the peo­ple from un­der­priv­i­leged sec­tions of the so­ci­ety.

Ashok Ku­mar Verma GM (CP & MS) Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia

Wrestling-cum-multi-pur­pose Hall, Ba­raut, Ut­tar Pradesh

Chair­man, AAI flag­ging off Am­bu­lance ser­vice for Arunachal Pradesh

Chair­man, AAI in­au­gu­rat­ing new build­ing of Dum Dum Girls’ High School, Kolkata Mo­bile Med­i­cal Unit, Paky­ong, Sikkim

Pri­mary Health Centre, Paky­ong, Sikkim

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