The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education and Sakala of Karnataka BC Nagesh launched the sixth CSR project of Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) to promote arts and crafts in India. The project was launched in Bangalore on December 1, 2021 as part of the celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, celebrating 75 years of India’s independence. The ONGC-supported project aims to create inclusive facilities by providing craft training in block printing and employment for people with special needs and disabilities. The initiative is carried out in association with the NGO Chiranthana based in Karnataka.
Minister BC Nagesh said that projects supported by ONGC to promote traditional arts and crafts actually signify the true spirit of Azadi. He noted that CSR initiatives like this make it clear that the fund is reaching even the last person in the company. The minister called on the association of ONGC to strengthen the state education system through CSR initiatives, especially in rural areas.
ONGC CMD Subhash Kumar noted that ONGC has always appreciated the importance of promoting and preserving traditional Indian arts and crafts and has undertaken a number of CSR projects in these areas. Mr Kumar said this sixth project is particularly important because it not only promotes craftsmanship, but will also create jobs for people with disabilities.
CGSB Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal said that the CGSB, being an inclusive organization, has made every effort to develop the capacities of everyone in society. She mentioned that apart from the projects carried out within the framework of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, ONGC has already taken several initiatives for the preservation of art – from the preservation of monuments to music and dance.
As part of the celebration of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, ONGC is collaborating with other oil PSUs to launch various projects aimed at boosting the indigenous handicrafts sector in the country. Central public enterprises under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas are launching 75 different craft projects across the country until August 15, 2022. Among these, ONGC has taken the lead and is supporting 15 projects. Previously, ONGC had launched five craft projects in Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand.