Published Feb 2, 2020
Bajaj Foundation, in consultation with local community and in collaboration with development stakeholders, has been implementing various need-based innovative programmes as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities of Lalitpur Power Generation Company Ltd (LPGCL).
Lalitpur is a diverse, rain-fed, socio-economically heterogeneous, ethnically unique and agrarian district in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. But this is also a region that is underinvested, vulnerable, and backward. With limited or inadequate groundwater resources, the area lacks infrastructure. It also doesn't have access to improved technologies, markets and inputs, leading to low productivity. Farming of crops and livestock is the main occupation. Some outsourcing of livelihood through seasonal migration minimises risks and vulnerability. Rainfall is in the range of 500-700 mm.
To resolve these problems, Bajaj Foundation at Lalitpur — in consultation with local community and in collaboration with development stakeholders — has been implementing various need-based innovative programmes. These include integrated water resources development, promoting efficient & judicious use of available water through less water-intensive crops & micro-irrigation systems, promotion of horticulture crops & natural farming techniques, women’s empowerment through self-help groups & promotion of the Wadi (horticulture farming) project in collaboration with NABARD, skill & entrepreneurship training, and promotion of biogas. These activities are part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) of Lalitpur Power Generation Company Ltd (LPGCL). This, along with basic infrastructure development programmes, has been initiated to strengthen the livelihood of the distressed agrarian community of Lalitpur district.
With these integrated efforts Bajaj Foundation has reached out in 37 villages, benefiting 30,515 households covering a population of 1.22 lakh. This has also positively impacted 13,521 acres of farming land.