PNG Jew­ellers Cel­e­brates World En­vi­ron­ment Day

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Legacy jew­ellery brand PNG Jew­ellers cel­e­brated the World En­vi­ron­ment Day at their adopted vil­lage of Shillim in Pune’s Mawal taluka as a part of their Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity ini­tia­tive. This year, they held three pro­grammes that had the par­tic­i­pa­tion of over 30 em­ploy­ees from PNG Jew­ellers along­side 500 lo­cal vil­lagers. The aim was to not only im­prove the qual­ity of life of the vil­lagers but to also sen­si­tise PNG em­ploy­ees to­wards larger so­cially rel­e­vant is­sues.

The first pro­gramme was a tree plan­ta­tion drive at Shillim, Aji­wali and Kot­tamwadi vil­lages, where 1,000 tree saplings such as bam­boo and sag­wan (teak) were planted. The idea be­hind this was to beau­tify the sur­round­ings, but more im­por­tantly, pro­vide a means of sec­ondary in­come to the vil­lage as well as tribal peo­ple, who can make and sell use­ful and dec­o­ra­tive prod­ucts made from the wood sourced from th­ese trees. Farmers re­ceived ed­u­ca­tion on the Sa­guna Rice Tech­nique (SRT) of rice cul­ti­va­tion and were pro­vided with tools to ex­e­cute the same. This tech­nique will help im­prove yield while re­duc­ing the in­ten­sity of labour re­quired. Lastly, keep­ing in mind that the theme of World En­vi­ron­ment Day 2018 is ‘Beat Plas­tic Pol­lu­tion’, a clean­li­ness drive was con­ducted through­out the vil­lage.

PNG ini­ti­ated the adop­tion process in 2016 for the bet­ter­ment of the lives of the vil­lagers. Over the past two years, PNG Jew­ellers has con­ducted suc­cess­ful pro­grammes here in the fields of ed­u­ca­tion, health and san­i­ta­tion, women em­pow­er­ment, vo­ca­tional train­ing and farm­ing. “Work­ing along­side the res­i­dents of Shillim vil­lage has been a hum­bling, en­rich­ing and eye­open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. PNG Jew­ellers have been blessed with pros­per­ity and we wish to ac­knowl­edge this good for­tune by spread­ing good­will to those less priv­i­leged. The re­sponse we have re­ceived from the lo­cals has been very en­cour­ag­ing and we hope to leave a last­ing pos­i­tive im­pact on their lives,” said Sau­rabh Gadgil, chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, PNG Jew­ellers, on the oc­ca­sion.

Anil Wagh­mare in­au­gu­rat­ing the mush­room cul­ti­va­tion shed in Kot­tamwadi.

PNG Jew­ellers’ em­ploy­ees demon­strat­ing the SRT tech­nique of rice cul­ti­va­tion to farmers in Shillim.

Dam in­au­gu­ra­tion and han­dover to vil­lagers by lady Sarpanch Rasika Ghogre - 1st tribal Sarpanch.

A lo­cal vil­lager par­tic­i­pat­ing in the tree plan­ta­tion drive.

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