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The CSR (corporate social responsibility) arm of India’s leading carrier IndiGo – IndiGoReach - has been conferred with 7th eNabling North East Development Award 2019-2020, for improving the livelihood of tribal communities from Assam- Meghalaya border areas through multiplication of spices. The IndiGoReach women empowerment initiative -- IndiGo Shakti -- strives to increase income generation opportunities for 1,500 women farmers in 24 villages of Kamrup and Ri-bhoj districts. The award was declared in an online webinar attended by government functionaries, corporates, civil society groups, academicians, among other stakeholders.
Highlighting about the award, Raj Raghavan, Senior Vice President, IndiGo said, “It is an honour to receive this award amidst this unprecedented time that we all are going through. This is a recognition for all the team members, who worked really hard to generate sustaining livelihood and income of groups and communities based on the region’s local resources, skills and capacities. Our endeavour through community outreach programmes is to help people to re-build livelihoods by working together for the nation. These initiatives reflect our relentless commitment to strengthening the micro-economy through trade and commerce within the north eastern states of India, while enabling the Government’s ‘Act East’ vision.”
The 7th edition of eNorth East Awards 2019 was organised by Digital Empowerment Foundation and North East Development Foundation. Some of the organisations like Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission, Government of Assam, CML-TATA TRUSTS, Star Cement along with many others had also participated in livelihood and income generation category with IndiGo. The past winners of this award were Wipro, IBM, UNICEF, Government of Mizoram and National Rural Health Mission.
The award, launched in 2010, seeks to recognise the best practices in the social, development and digital innovations in North East India by recognising and celebrating practices that have contributed to sustainable development in the region. Every year, the awards are conferred in 15 categories.