The community development programme was initiated by CRI to focus and help rural communities. We worked on several projects in association with the Coimbatore corporation in constructing toilets for needy people. As agriculture is the backbone of our country, we extended our contribution to help farmers grow. Our services are not only restricted to Coimbatore, CRI also extends its support to many places in the India and abroad.
C.R.I, in association with the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation, has successfully constructed 300 individual toilets for needy homes. For the open defecation free initiative, C.R.I. has extensively surveyed households and open defecation spots. Those who cannot afford to build a toilet due to poor economic conditions or lack of social awareness have been identified. Based on the findings C.R.I. has constructed 300 individual Swachh Bharath Mission toilets in the area of Saravanampatti and Chinnavedampatti.
A. BROAD OBJECIIVE OF THE PROGRAMME
India is a land of farmers. This is the community that has given so much to our society. And any amount of giving back can never equal their sacrifice. Today, it is imperative that we contribute in some way to help conserve our nation’s greatest asset – Food through Agriculture. Taking this into account, C.R.I has partnered with various Agricultural Universities across the country by signing an MOU to discover potential and innovative possibilities endorsed by farmers across various states of the country.
C.R.I. Pumps Award has been instituted in the various states to honor five of the best farmers in the concerned state. This award recognizes those farmers who go a step above just farming and are committed to innovative practices in Agriculture.
B. IMPLEMENTATION MODEL: C.R.I pumps has instituted an endowment in the name of C.R.I in various Agricultural Universities by entering in to a formal MOU. Every year, from the interest accrued from the endowment cash award are presented. The concerned agricultural university selects the Best Farmers at State level based on the eligibility norms laid by the University in various category like Organic farming, Dry land agriculture and Utilization of farm mechanization etc.
C.KEY OUTPUT AND IMPACT OF THE PROGRAMME
1. The best farming practices were disseminated to thousands of farmers in the state of Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Telengana, Andhra and Punjab
2. C.R.I Pumps Best Farmer Award has become one of the most cherished awards in the country in the field of Agriculture.
3. Till now, 118 farmers have been bestowed with the prestigious Best Farmer Award across India in association with various Agricultural Universities.
Not stopping with just recognizing the efforts of farmers across the country, C.R.I. plans to scale the initiative with the addition of extension education programmes for farmers to enrich the farming knowledge by 2020, and continued henceforth.
SAI RURAL CREATIVITY CENTER – GANAGAPUR, KARNATAKA
Thousands of students in rural India are deprived of the benefits of modern technology, simply because they cannot afford and access to it and also miss the benefits of computer education, a vital skill to shape their future.
Taking the above in to consideration C.R.I in association with Datta Guru Bhandara Trust has initiated a Digital classroom and a full-fledged computer laboratory for poor students in the name of “SAI RURAL CREATIVITY CENTER” at Ganagapur a small village near Gulbarga district of Karnataka at south India.
C.R.I SAROJINI CREATIVITY CENTRE – THIRUKANNANKUDI, NAGAPATTINAM
Taking in to consideration the unmet needs of the “Thirukannankudi” a small village 14kms away from Nagapattinam, we have established a Digital classroom and a full-fledged Computer center in the name of C.R.I SAROJINI CREATIVITY CENTER at the newly built C.R.I Sarojini Mandapam by Shri.K.Gopal, Memorial Trust . This Mandapam can be utilized by the local community at a very nominal cost for Marriages, Reception and other family functions.
Our South African ladies staff Team had provided 750 sanitary pads to the orphaned/ abused/ young girls in 2 Children’s home in Actonville outskirts of Johannesburg and around 50 young girls were benefitted. These homes are run with the help of voluntary workers and they rely on donations of any kind
The constant and continued efforts to understand the vital needs of the nearby community led C.RI to construct a biomass Gasifier crematorium in the name of “ MOKSHA GRIHA” at Saravanampatti, Coimbatore in remembrance of our founder Shri.K.Gopal in the year 2010. The construction was carried out by Shri.K.Gopal Memorial trust and handed over the Crematorium to Coimbatore Corporation and the entire running cost and maintenance is borne by us. This is an eco friendly bio-mass crematorium where wood is the renewable energy used as fuel.
1) This is the only ISO certified (ISO 9001: 2008) crematorium in India
2) Moksha Griha has been awarded the most prestigious Platinum rated IGBC (India Green Building Council) award. It is the first crematorium to be certified under the Green Landscape rating in India.
3) It is the winner of most acclaimed national level HUDCO DESIGN AWARDS 2014 under the category “Landscape planning and Design.”
C.R.I as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility has instituted an endowment at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore (TNAU) and every year from the interest accrued from the endowment we in association with TNAU present the prestigious “Velanmai Chemmal Award” to 5 Outstanding Farmers in Tamil Nadu who go above and beyond in their commitment with innovative and best practices in agriculture.
This year “Velanmai Chemmal Award” were bestowed to the 5 winning farmers at the Farmers day programme on 10th February 2018 at TNAU campus by Shri.R.Duraikannu, Minister of Agriculture, Shri.S.P.Velumani, Minister for Municipal Administration & Rural development, Dr.K.Ramasamy, Vice Chancellor, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Shri.T.N.Hariharan, I.A.S, District Collector, Coimbatore, Shri.Gagan Singh Bedi, I.A.S Commissioner – Agricultural production & Principal secretary to Govt and Shri.R.Boopathy our Vice President- Mktg in the presence of dignitaries from TNAU and Govt of Tamilnadu. Thousands of farmers across Tamilnadu participated in this programme.
“Velanmai Chemmal Award” presented by C.R.I Pumps carries a Cash Award, Memento and a certificate which were given to the 5 best Farmers who have innovated and developed best agricultural practices in Tamilnadu.
CRI implemented a unique project for the farming community at Karehalli village in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. Please find below a brief report on the same.
About Karehalli village:
This is a small village located in the Soraba Tehsil of Shimoga district in Karnataka. It is situated 7Kms away from the Sub-district headquarter of Sorabha and 27km away from district headquarter of Shimoga. This is a gram Panchayat having a population of around 2300 people. The total geographical area of the village is 405 hectares. This is an agricultural based village and most of them are farmers . Paddy is the principal crop extensively cultivated and the other Crops are Sugarcane, Banana, Coconut etc.
Poor onset of monsoon lead to crop failures:
Due to poor onset of monsoon & rain, for the last 2 years there had been continuous crop failures and farmers of this village were in pathetic condition and were finding it hard to pull on with their day to day life . Even the big pond in the village, which was a good water source at one stage became dry..
CSR initiative :
To address this crisis situation, in order to improve ground water level and to meet day to day utility requirement of villagers, the Gram Sabha decided to pump water from the nearby River Varada and store it in the lake amidst the village. It needed funds and with some local donors like Dr.Viswanath Nadiger & Mr.Ramdas Kamat, they were able to mobilize some funds and still they were short of funds.. at this time through Mr.C.H.Nadiger, Regional Director – EEPC, Govt of India, who is a native of this village, approached our management through our exports team to provide them necessary Pump set and pipe lines through our CSR arm.
Shri.G.Soundararajan, our Vice Chairman, ascertaining the crisis situation of the poor farmers immediately approved this community development project under CSR grant. Our Hubli team then, sprung in to action, they installed our High capacity submersible pump sets to pump water from Varada river and also laid our RPVC pipelines to bring water to the lake in the village. It was a challenging task for our team as the pipelines for a distance of approx 2.5 kms was a sloppy road with ups and down…with sheer expertise and competence, we were able to complete this project at the shortest possible time .
Through this initiative, daily 3 lakh litres of water is pumped from the “Varada” river and supplied to the lake in the village…based on the need of farmers the water is sent to the farm land through existing pipelines in the lake and the whole distribution of water among farmers is monitored by a committee of members appointed by the villagers & the Gram Panchayat.
Dedication of the project to the Village:
This community project was dedicated to the villagers on 24th December 2017 at a function organized by the villagers at Karehalli… Mr.Nagesh Joshi, our Branch Manager – Hubli & Mr.S.Raja, from our CSR team attended the dedication programme . This event was attended by elected members of the Panchayat, Govt officials and a large gathering of villagers of Karehalli and nearby villages.
Mr.C.H.Nadiger, Regional Director – Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC), Govt of India, thanked our Vice Chairman and the C.R.I management for supporting this community project which will benefit thousands of farmers in the village to bring back their livelihood. He also requested us to consider providing regular maintenance of this project to make it sustainable in the long run.
Dr.Abdul Rawuf, one of the famous & leading Agriculturist in the state of Karnataka, during his address lauded the efforts taken by our management in this project and told that he was amazed by the water discharge from our pumps and also the technical expertise through which we had laid down the 2.5km pipe line to bring water to the lake from river..
Dr.Mahanth Swamiji, of Samasthan Matt, Jade, blessed our team and during his address, he appreciated the joint effort of the villagers, individual donors and corporate like us which has made way to a novel project which will benefit thousands of farmers in the coming years..
As a part of CSR, CRI has adopted Corporation ward no.28, Saravanampatti and are working towards to make it a model ward (Swachh ward) under Swachh Bharath mission. The primary objective is to create a model Swachh ward by making it open defecation free, open dumping free and open littering free ward. Swachh Ward is a joint initiative in which we along with Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation, young social entrepreneurs, Community and Educational institutions are going to work together to create a model ward in the area of general sanitation and solid waste management and emulate the model for replication.
For open defecation free, we have extensively surveyed households and open defecation hot spots. Based on that, we have constructed 100 individual Swachh Bharath Mission toilets in the area of Saravanampatti.
To make the ward Open dumping and littering free, we have provided new segregation enabled push carts and have developed 10 primary root maps for this purpose. Through this the waste generated will be collected in three categories Unhygienic, dry waste and wet waste with the help of Coimbatore City Municipality Workers.
As a unique CSR initiative, C.R.I Pumps in association with Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation have developed a beautiful park in the reserve park site of Chandra Gandhi Nagar Peelamedu, Coimbatore. We have signed an MOU with Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation to develop and further maintain it through the Residents welfare association.
This park is exclusively designed for elders and we have taken adequate steps to address the special needs of elders. The park has been named “HARMONY PARK”.
Dr.K.Vijayakarthikeyan, I.A.S, Commissioner, Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation, inaugurated the “HARMONY PARK” on 25th September 2017 at 8.30 AM in the presence of Shri.C.Velumani, our Chairman, Shri.G.Selvaraj, our Joint Managing Director and Smt. Chithra Selvaraj, our Director in a function organized at the park.
Shri.G.Selvaraj, our Joint Managing Director, who spearheaded the development of this unique park, dedicated the “HARMONY PARK” for public use in the presence of Dr.K.Vijayakarthikeyan, I.A.S, Commissioner, our Chairman, Members of Chandra Gandhi Nagar Welfare association and public.
Dr.K.Vijayakarthikeyan, during his Chief Guest address lauded the efforts taken by C.R.I Management in various CSR activities like construction of Toilets under Swachh Bharath Mission, adoption of Corporation ward to emulate a model solid waste management system and development of Park in reserve sites of Corporation…During his address he told that he was very much impressed with the park design and conveyed his contentment that our management has taken steps to make it elder friendly..
BRIEF ON “ Harmony Park”:
This park is developed in 25.5 cents of land, we have constructed the compound wall and installed 2 gates one in the main and other at the backside. The entire park site was initially cleared and later on leveling of ground, gravel filling and paver block for walker’s path was laid.
Walkers path for people to go for a walk has been laid in the best possible way and it doesn’t have any steps from the entry to the exit…ramp has been provided from the road to pavered area…planned to provide SS Steel Rails along the walkers path to make elders walk safe and comfortable
- Walkers path is Wheel chair friendly
- Seating arrangements: Stone bench has been provided. These benches are comfortable for elders to sit and stand. These stone benches are made of 3 line dressing finish which will give a cool effect even during day time when people sit on it.
- We have provided trees near all the stone benches and these trees will provide sufficient shade once they grow up
- Lighting facility: Provided solar lighting in the park which will give sufficient light in the evening hours.
To make the park filled with greenery, 23 types of native saplings, flowering plants , various types of creeper plants and trees have been planted .