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When Mr. Yadupati Singhania began the journey of socio-economic transformation during 1975, the two avowed goals of impact were – self reliance and sustainability of community development. On a hind sight over the four decades of work, it is very evident that both of these impact indicators have grown in significance and substance.
Sustainability of development is basically achieved through diverse activities. Providing amenities of fundamental nature like food security, financial security, shelter security and health security have been the prominent components of this. Providing employment to people in a direct manner and creating opportunities of ancillary nature by making way for various businesses has been at the core of Mr. Singhania’s vision. Today, over 180 villages have found the benefit of sustainable development in a systematic and cumulative manner across the country due to these efforts.
Furthermore, the provision of amenities and access to infrastructure will fall short of proving to be of developmental significance if people are not enabled with power of self reliance. Mr. Singhania’s efforts have been towards creating self reliant communities, rather than doling out social and public good. Enabling people with work and earning opportunities, empowering women to strengthen the core of family structure by being a proud partner in work opportunities, educating the children and training young people with various vocational skills have made people self reliant rather than dependent on developmental assistance.
With these, there has been significant transformation in the regions of impact in a cumulative manner over the past four decades, which is visible and demonstrable in the participation of the community members in most of national mainstream opportunities.
Innovation, originality, cost effectiveness and environmental friendliness of operations that benefits both industrial operations and the surrounding communities
Innovation and technology improvement have been used as strategies to increase efficiency, cost saving, reduction of waste, raising safety standards at work, reduction of pollution and effluents and energy saving in all the plants. In house R&D in this regard is a very dynamic process. Generally, Mr. Singhania has ensured that the company has taken up technology up-gradation and R&D activities in the areas of Process Improvement, Sustainable Development and Energy Management. The major ones include:
- Replacement of conventional grate cooler of Kiln 3 at Nimbahera plant with latest state of art IKN pendular cooler with hot air circulation and replacing conventional burner by multi-channel burner has given reduction in thermal energy and improved efficiency / output of the kiln.
- Liquid Mix Waste as Alternative Fuel is in use at Nimbahera / Mangrol plant which has led to reduction in thermal energy.
- Use of ETP Sludge, GEIPL waste, plastic waste etc. at Muddapur Plant led to reduction in Coal use thus leading to monetary savings.
- Energy Management System is under installation at Gotan Plant which will optimise power consumption with respect to operation and will give savings of over US$ 600,000 per annum.
One of the basic beliefs in ushering industrial growth, in line with the aspirations of national resurgence is to effectively bring about sustainable development of resident communities. Mere profitability and production aspirations will not help in the long run and if inclusive growth is not effectively pursued, then the industrial development aspirations too might fall short of being successful. The lesson learnt from the experience of these four decades of work is that a very judicious developmental effort is to be pursued as part of corporate developmental work. Much before the world had begun to talk about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Mr. Singhania had believed in Conscious Social Responsibility, another form of CSR, which was proven to be the right approach in the long run.
Direct employment, creation of ancillary employments and a gradual development of amenities for a better life are important building blocks of inclusive success in societies that aspire for industrial development and economic success.
The main takeaway of this experience has been that even when industrialists work in remote areas, owing to the availability of natural resources, they need to keep in mind that they have to eventually establish linkages to the remote, distressed and deprived communities with the national mainstream process of access to amenities. It is only then that an overall success and a meaningful contribution to the process of national development occurs.