AAI CSR: GIVING BACK TO SOCIETY
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.
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.
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
Chairman, AAI flagging off Ambulance service for Arunachal Pradesh
Wrestling-cum-multi-purpose Hall, Baraut, Uttar Pradesh
Chairman, AAI inaugurating new building of Dum Dum Girls’ High School, Kolkata Mobile Medical Unit, Pakyong, Sikkim
Primary Health Centre, Pakyong, Sikkim