New Delhi, April 13 : Rajeev Sharma, CMD, REC inaugurated two solar charging stations in Fatehpur and Manoharpura villages of Rajgarh District (MP) in the presence of Vinod Behari, ED (CSR), REC, Ibrahim, Director, TERI, Arvind Bhargava, District Project Manager and other officers from all the concerned authorities.
REC under its CSR initiative has supported TERI in their “Lighting a Billion Lives Initiative” to be implemented in 63 villages in Assam, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Under this project solar charging stations will be setup in 63 villages with predominant BPL (Below Poverty Line) households and solar lamps will be distributed to these households. The solar charging stations will be run by people from the rural households and will provide them with an alternative form of livelihood.
The aim of the project is to not only electrify BPL households with a clean energy source but also to develop the concept as a self sustainable model, wherein villagers will be charging their lamps at the station at regular intervals paying a nominal amount for the same and the revenue generated will be used for the maintenance of the solar charging station. REC has supported the initiative with an amount of Rs.90 Lacs where in 63 such villages with BPL households will be covered.
In line with the recent thrust accorded to CSR initiatives in Central Public Sector Enterprises REC, has been active in taking up such activities. REC has committed itself in a big way to skill development, training and employment generation particularly for the backward and lesser privileged persons.
REC has also recognized burgeoning talent in sports and education by awarding these young champions and in turn motivating them to bring more laurels to the country in the future. REC has also assisted in creation of a large training infrastructure for physically handicapped persons and a Girls hostel in remote location of West Bengal.
TERI was formally established in 1974 with the purpose of tackling and dealing with the immense and acute problems that mankind is likely to face within in the years ahead on account of gradual depletion of earth’s finite energy resources and their existing usage which is polluting the earth. Consequently, TERI has created an environment that is enabling, dynamic and inspiring for the development of solutions to global problems in the fields of energy, environment and current patterns of development, which are largely unsustainable.
The central element of TERI’s philosophy has been its reliance on entrepreneurial skills to create benefits for society through the development and dissemination of intellectual property.