GEECL Improving lives of villagers in operating areas

GEECL, engaged in exploration, development, production, distribution and sale of Coal Bed Methane (CBM) gas, has been taking care of social needs of locals
GEECL Improving lives of villagers in operating areas

Great Eastern Energy Corporation Ltd (GEECL) has combined its business with investment in the communities around its operational areas. The company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities have been significant and making tremendous impact on the lives of local people in the vicinity. The CBM project in the Raniganj (South) block of GEECL is designed not only to create value for the company but also to make a contribution to the sustainable development of the local community in numerous ways ranging from clean water access to transportation.

GEECL has always believed in the responsibility to improve water access in the areas, making it easier for the company to do business, and improving relations with the local population.

“We work with the local community to provide access to safe drinking water through the reformation of ponds, wells and tube wells which broadens access to potable water,” says Prashant Modi, President and COO, GEECL.

Tube wells are mostly located in rural areas and villages in an effort to provide the local community with a cleaner water source. One tube well can supply water to nearly 400 people. The benefits of the tube well include cleaner and safer water, they also make accessibility easier.

GEECL has also undertaken the rehabilitation and construction of over 40 km of roads. To the pleasant surprise of the residents of seven adjacent villages in Pagarbari area of Bankura district never thought that a stretch of 800 meters of dirt track could one day become an all-weather road. GEECL has replicated this for seven villages and, in the process, transformed the local economy given the ease with which people can now commute and transport goods.

Community Health Empowerment

“Our focus in the area is to improve the quality of care and utilisation of primary health care services by the village community and to increase knowledge and awareness of the community about major health issues,” Modi says.

To encourage better mental and physical health GEECL sponsors a number of sporting activities including football, cricket, and kabbadi, the national team sport of the region.
The company has touched the lives of thousands of people living in isolated rural areas who have been given access to our free medical camps. In three districts, spread over an area of 210 square km, GEECL has organised local medical camps in remote places where villagers would normally have to travel up to 5 km away from the village.

The Company has supported the Thalassaemia Society of Durgapur to extend its blood transfusion hall. This will be of service to patients in Burdwan, Bankura, Birbhum, and Purulia. The company continuously organised and participated in the organization of blood donation camps in Durgapur, Asansol, Anandapur, and Bankura where nearly 600 people donated blood.

Child Development and Support

This occupies a special place in GEECL’s outreach programme. In Mohisilla Gram – Asansol region, we provided tricycles to two handicapped children aged 12 and 8 years. As a result, they no longer have to be confined to their homes and their lives have been greatly improved as they have the freedom to attend school with their friends and play with the other children in the village.

In poverty stricken tribal areas, GEECL supports education and literacy programs and focuses on community outreach to improve the career opportunities of women and children. Pappusona Gandhi, a brilliant blind student, for whom the company provided two years of school fees. Pappusona recently came first in the state Madhyamik (secondary) examination.

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BK Jha is the Special Correspondent of Rural & Marketing. Prior to this he has been associated with The Hindustan Times, Political and Business Daily along with many other media organisations.
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