Hindustan Zinc helps 500,000 childrenMarch 2009
A prestigious annual award for rural and community development projects has gone to Hindustan Zinc, part of the Vedanta metals and power generation group.
The 2007-08 award from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry marks Hindustan Zinc’s efforts to improve the lives of more than 500,000 people in Rajasthan.
The company’s Mid-Day Meal project providing lunch for pupils at primary and secondary schools was said to have improved the nutrition of 200,000 children and to have increased the attendance of girls to 70 per cent. Overall attendance was reported to have risen to 90 per cent.
Other services to children have been the adoption of 400 government-backed care centres accommodating 16,000 small children, and technology education for 48,000 pupils in more than 200 schools, entailing the installation of 1000 computers. At the same time the company has formed 215 self-help groups to empower women.
Infrastructure development has included watershed projects, water tanks and roads. For some time Hindustan Zinc has also provided better quality seeds to farmers and encouraged them to cultivate cash-rich crops.
The award was presented to the company by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, India’s external affairs minister, at a ceremony in Delhi.
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