ONGC conferred outstanding CSR Project award


The Delhi Management Association conferred  ONGC with the ‘Outstanding  CSR project award’ in the recently concluded DMA CSR Award function held at Delhi . The award was conferred for one of the most unique CSR project implemented by ONGC – Financial Assistance for Vocational Training programme for women of Sivasagar and Pilhibit in water hyacinth craft. ONGC had taken up the project at a cost of Rs 31.5 lakh.
ONGC team sharing the award of Best CSR Project with Director (HR) Mr D D Misra at Delhi

ONGC CSR Team receiving the award from Delhi Management Association

The project details:

In the Phase I of the project, 20 women of Pilihibit district were provided training   in  water  hyacinth  crafts at North Eastern Development Finance Corporation  Ltd(  NEDFi)   training  centre  in  Assam,   to make them the Master  Trainers. The project was undertaken in partnership with of North East Development Finance Corporation Ltd, Anubhav Chauhan Samaj Sewa Evam Shiksha Samiti and “ChaloGaon  Ki Aour”  (CGKA)  Training  Institute, Pilibhit. A 15 days residential training programme was conducted by North  Eastern  Development  Finance  Corporation  Limited at their Common Facility  Centre, at Khetri, (36 Kms from Guwahati). The training programme includes processing of raw material up to making of the finished products. The  training to these artisans has helped to learn different techniques of processing  water  hyacinth* to make different products. After the training these  women artisans become Master Trainers and entrepreneur. They are now training  other  women  of Pilhibit   at CGKA institute. Most of the master trainers who have attended the training program at Assam have now become Entrepreneur by selling bags, mats and other designer items various fairs, market, etc.

Phase II

After  the  successful  implementation  of  the  first Phase, 50 Women from Sivasagar  district  of  Assam,  were selected to undergo training in water hyacinth  craft. The training was initially conducted by NEDFi at a village in  Sivasagar  district. After the initial training at local area, 25 women were selected to undergo training at NEDFi centre in Guwahati.

What is Water Hyacinth?

Water Hyacinth is an aquatic plant which can be cultivated on the surface of  fresh waters or can be anchored in mud. It may often cause a variety of problems  in  water bodies such as hindrance to water transport; logging of intakes  of  irrigation,  hydropower and water supply system; Micro habitat for  a  variety of disease vectors; increased evaporation; problems related to  fishing; reduction in bio‐diversity etc. However this same plant  which is  a cause of several problems, also has many  practical applications like its  use  in manufacture of paper, fiber board, yarn and rope, basket work, charcoal  briquetting,  biogas production , animal fodder, fertilizer, fish feed  etc.  Because  of its abundance, water hyacinth provides a good scope for its use in production of various types of handicraft products. Pilhibit district  in  U.P is surrounded with lots of ponds and dam containing water hyacinth.

(Left) The artisans displaying products made of water hyacinth at Dilli Haat; (Right) Products made of water Hyacinth wishes ONGC the very best.


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