Business India ×
  Social Responsibility

Social Inclusion
Published on: June 6, 2020, 8:23 p.m.
Spark Minda is enabling the disabled
  • A Spark Minda event for persons with disabilities

By Sekhar Seshan. Consulting Editor, Business India

Spark Minda aims to bring change, however big or small, in the lives of 1,000 persons with disabilities (PWDs) in 2020 through its CSR arm Spark Minda Foundation, according to group CEO Ashok Minda. The Foundation runs a special programme, Saksham - Empowerment of Persons with Disability, which has enabled changes in the lives of more than 8,000 such people in the past five years.

The scope of the programme has been expanded this year: the foundation has tied up with CII (Confederation of Indian Industries), to facilitate the employment of persons with different types of disabilities in CII-empanelled companies. These organisations, led by the Gurugram-headquartered Minda Corporation, include Aegis Global, Godrej Agrovet, Sodexo, Sarovar Hotel, and Accor Group.

Saksham, started in 2015 to help PWDs, has also won the National CSR Award 2019, which was conferred by finance and corporate affairs minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the presence of the President of India. With Saksham, the group aims to provide accessible and assistive technology, impart on-the-job training to develop skills, create inclusive workplace and ergonomics, train PWDs for 5s and life skills and employ them.

The Foundation’s stated vision is to build a sustainable society through improving the quality of life, protect the planet through affirmative action, and establish integrated and inclusive growth of people and the environment.

Says its chairperson Sarika Minda: “The Foundation has been energetically working to provide a better life, means and income support to people who have been left alone in different strides of life. We have been able to provide a sustainable life for the community as a whole.”

The Foundation held a week-long ‘empowerment of persons with disability’ camp at Chimbali Phata near Pune recently, at which more than 118 PWDs were provided with employment linkages and more than 162 persons were facilitated to obtain the UDID (unique identification) cards as PWDs to avail related benefits. “Our association with Pune began with putting up a production belt in Yerwada Jail,” Sarika Minda points out. “Now we have also set up a Saksham divyang empowerment centre here. We are proud to say that we have been able to reach out to more than 1,000 people in and around Pune within a span of seven days.”

One of the main purposes of the camp, which had more than 30 programme partners for support, was to provide assistive devices to persons with locomotive disability by providing end-to-end support in limb and caliper fitment, providing walkers, elbow crutches and other aids. Jaipur Foot has been an indispensable part of the Foundation’s empowerment camps. Skilling and employment support, as well as facilitation, is also planned for persons with other types of disabilities. All these services were offered free to the large number of PWDs from different parts of Maharashtra who attended.


Don't miss this

Innovation

Infotech company KPIT works with MAGIC in Aurangabad

Published on Oct. 21, 2020, 4:37 p.m.

The Marathwada Accelerator for Growth and Incubation Council is partnering with KPIT Sparkle 2021 to support student innovators

Social Inclusion

CRI Pumps in Coimbatore has a host of socially responsible programmes

Published on Oct. 21, 2020, 4:37 p.m.

The company works with Coimbatore Corporation and leading NGOs to organise cleaning drives and awareness programmes

Healthcare

Ola provides 120,000 meals to drivers through The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Published on Oct. 15, 2020, 2:37 p.m.

The cab company’s Foundation has expanded its outreach to the community in 13 cities

Technology

Valliappa Foundation’s Anadhanam makes a start in solving global hunger

Published on Oct. 5, 2020, 1:02 p.m.

The Bengaluru-based group’s digital platform marks the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

E-MAGAZINE
Climate Change

Waste Management

GD Environmental sees an opportunity in medical waste

Published on Oct. 21, 2020, 5:34 p.m.

The company sees strong opportunities in fundamentally shifting the costs and process of waste management

Environment

India and Denmark to be at the forefront in the global fight against climate change

Published on Oct. 21, 2020, 5:33 p.m.

The prime ministers of the two countries agree to elevate India-Denmark relations to a Green Strategic Partnership

Energy

Renewables leader Rajasthan will see a dramatic shift in its generation composition

Published on Oct. 15, 2020, 2:22 p.m.

Solar and onshore wind power will meet most of the incremental electricity demand by 2029-30

Energy

Energy storage leaders call for policy measures to create Atmanirbhar Bharat

Published on Oct. 8, 2020, 11:48 a.m.

Global thought leaders and policymakers discussed the issue to mark World Energy Storage Day recently