Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh Felic­i­tates HCL GRANT 2018 Re­cip­i­ents

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Union Home Min­is­ter, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia Shri Ra­j­nath Singh fe­lic­i­tated the win­ners of HCL Grant 2018 at a cer­e­mony held to­day at HCL Tech­nolo­gies Cam­pus, Noida. Three NGOs across the cat­e­gories of Ed­u­ca­tion, Health­care and En­vi­ron­ment won a grant of up to INR 5 crores each.

The oc­ca­sion was also graced by Dr. Ma­hesh Sharma, Hon’ble Min­is­ter of State (In­de­pen­dent Charge) for Cul­ture and Min­is­ter of State for En­vi­ron­ment, For­est and Cli­mate Change, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, diplo­mats, dig­ni­taries, se­nior bu­reau­crats, Shri Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chair­man, HCL, Smt. Roshni Nadar Mal­ho­tra, CEO, HCL Cor­po­ra­tion and Chair­per­son of the CSR Com­mit­tee for the HCL Tech­nolo­gies Board, Shri C Vi­jayaku­mar, Pres­i­dent & Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, HCL Tech­nolo­gies and HCL Group lead­er­ship. Re­cip­i­ents of HCL Grant 2018 are:

Health – Eleutheros Chris­tian So­ci­ety

En­vi­ron­ment – Keystone Foun­da­tion

Ed­u­ca­tion – Royal Com­mon­wealth So­ci­ety for the Blind (Sight­savers)

Ra­j­nath Singh said, “I con­grat­u­late the HCL Grant win­ners and HCL for the work they are do­ing. It is my hope that in the years to come the so­cial value of HCL Foun­da­tion will con­tinue to in­crease. In a coun­try like ours it is im­por­tant for ev­ery­one gov­ern­ment cor­po­rates NGOs and civil so­ci­ety should work to­gether to­wards de­vel­op­ment agenda. In the years to come we will work to­wards gross do­mes­tic pros­per­ity.”

Dur­ing the event, Shri Ra­j­nath Singh also re­leased the sec­ond edi­tion of the “The Fifth Es­tate - NGOs trans­form­ing Ru­ral In­dia in En­vi­ron­ment, Health and Ed­u­ca­tion”, which is a com­pre­hen­sive sec­tor com­pendium of the most cred­i­ble NGOs striv­ing to­wards em­pow­er­ment of ru­ral In­dia. One of the most cov­eted in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized CSR Grants of In­dia, HCL Grant is a recog­ni­tion of the rise of com­mu­nity led ecosys­tems of NGOs – the Fifth Es­tate. It iden­ti­fies NGOs do­ing path-break­ing work in ru­ral de­vel­op­ment through an in­de­pen­dent, ro­bust and demo­cratic process.

The em­i­nent Jury for this year’s Grant com­prised of Robin Abrams – Former Pres­i­dent of Palm Com­put­ing, and the long­est-serv­ing Board mem­ber of HCL Tech­nolo­gies, Dr. Isher Judge Ah­luwalia- Chair­per­son of In­dian Coun­cil for Re­search on In­ter­na­tional Eco­nomic Re­la­tions, B.S. Baswan -- Former Di­rec­tor, In­dian In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Civil Ser­vant, Richard Lariv­iere – Pres­i­dent and CEO, Field Museum, Chicago and Former Pres­i­dent of the Univer­sity of Ore­gon, Pallavi Shroff – Man­ag­ing Part­ner of Shardul Amarc­hand Man­gal­das & Co. and Shiv Nadar – Founder & Chair­man, HCL.

To­day, HCL Grant sup­ported projects cover 22 Dis­tricts, with ap­prox­i­mately 2450 vil­lages, reach­ing out to over 6 lakh ru­ral ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

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