Business Line: How can a technology business incubator undertake corporate social responsibility in the flood-hit reaches of the mighty Himalayas?
Piping in Internet and switching on Wi-Fi, according to the Technopark-Technology Business Incubator.
Hirosh Hussain and Arun Raj, CEOs of incubated companies Creace Technologies and Orisys India, have visited Uttarakhand to explore these ideas.
A draft plan is being shared with Tehri Hydro Development Corporation, local partner in the initiative.
The partners aim to skill and train affected people to secure new means of livelihood, says K.C. Chandrasekharan Nair, Secretary and Registrar of the Incubator.
The corporate social responsibility project is being implemented by Ideal Safety Systems, a virtually incubated company at Technopark.
It specialises in social entrepreneurship focused on projects helpful to common public especially in the areas of hygiene, health, waste management and safety concepts.
The Incubator happens to be an empanelled agency of Tata Institute of Social Sciences for executing corporate social responsibility projects on behalf of Government of India.
It has inked an agreement with the Tehri Hydro Development Corporation to support its sustainable livelihood projects.
The devastating Himalayan tsunami had washed out settlements of over 10,000 families at New Tehri. They had been relocated there in view of construction of the Tehri dam.
The Incubator and Tehri Hydro Development Corporation are working to rebuild this area with grass root-level empowerment and restoration of livelihood, Nair said.
Meanwhile, the National Forum for People’s Rights has recognised these efforts by announcing an award. Justice J.B. Koshy, Chairman, Kerala Human Rights Commission, handed it over to Nair.
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