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Bajaj Foundation’s annual report highlights effective implementation of rural empowerment programmes

The report also showcases Foundation’s continued push for a self-reliant rural economic development model with villagers at the centre of its efforts and 0utlines Foundation’s future strategy as it attempts to align more closely with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Bajaj Foundation’s annual report highlights effective implementation of rural empowerment programmes
Bajaj Foundation’s annual report highlights effective implementation of rural empowerment programmes (Representational image: Shutterstock)

Mumbai: Bajaj Foundation, Bajaj Group’s CSR and philanthropic arm has released its latest Annual Report for FY 2021-22. Offering an in-depth account of its focus areas, programme outcomes and strategic roadmap for the future, the 6th edition of the annual report showcases the foundation’s commitment to rural development, people and community empowerment, and sustainability.

The report highlights Foundation’s initiatives and achievements in areas such as water resource development, sustainable agriculture, climate change, women empowerment, and rural institution building. Some of the Foundation’s key achievements during FY 2021-22 include:

  • Rejuvenation of rivers and streams stretching a total 687 km across Maharashtra’s Wardha district making 151,757 acres of land irrigated and cultivable and benefitting 23,070 farming families
  • Water Resource Development programmes covering nearly 300,000 acres of land benefitting roughly 80,000 families
  • Improvement of 156,312 acres of land under sustainable agricultural practices across 1,370 villages positively impacting 115,714 farming families
  • Empowerment of 76,496 women via self-help groups (SHGs), income generation activities, rearing of indigenous cows and installation of biogas plants across 970 villages
  • Sensitisation and training of 83,164 farmers on natural farming techniques
    Tighter alignment of interventions with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for greater efficacy of interventions and reach

Presenting the report, Haribhai Mori, President, Bajaj Foundation, said, “Our work in villages across Wardha (Maharashtra), Sikar (Rajasthan) and Lalitpur (Uttar Pradesh) has transformed the lives of over 50,000 farmers and roughly 20 lakh people. Our three-pronged approach involving the development of water resources, diversifying agriculture, and enhanced use of technology has led to a visible positive impact across communities. As inheritors of the great Bajaj name, we’re conscious of our responsibilities and will not rest until the dream of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” is realised across our villages.”

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