For caring and empowering the community in 501 villages in Wardha in Maharashtra," the head quarter of Gandhiji's activities for 10 years & the karma bhoomi of his fifth son Jamnalal Bajaj". Development interventions are being carried out through Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj foundation. These efforts are beyond corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as the group does not have any business in he districts.
Vice Chairman of the group, Kushagra Bajaj, said that the group has been undertaking such philanthropic activities for many decades and now they have focussed it on water harvesting, agriculture, non-conventional energy sources and women's empowerment with active participation of the local community. He said that the Bajaj foundation follows bottom up approach so that the underprivileged can define their needs and their own unique model of development. Shishir Bajaj Group is in advance stage of setting up a 1980 MW thermal power plant with an investment of Rs. 12,000 Crore in Uttar Pradesh. It also runs 450 MW power plants in the state. Group's company, Bajaj Hindusthan Ltd. (BHL) is the largest sugar producer in India which runs 14 sugar mills. BHL is also the largest producer of ethanol/industrial alcohol in the country and has 6 distilleries in UP with production capacity of 200 million litre.
1. Water Resources Development programme - under this innovative rain water harvesting intervention, 82 rivers/streams have been revived by deepening/de-silting and widening of 120 KM long river beds, 67 Check dams, 159 Group irrigation wells, 70 Lift Irrigation projects, 799 bori bundhs, 1819 farm ponds, 231 recharge pit, 03 roof rain water harvesting structures have been constructed while 1235 wells and bore wells are also recharged through rain water.
2. As a result of water harvesting interventions, cropping intensity has increased from 1 to 3 crops, river flow is increased from 4 to 8 month, and net income per acre is increased from Rs. 14000 to Rs. 23000.
3. Total 48288 acres of agriculture land and 25361 families have been benefited under water harvesting and agriculture development programme.
4. Sustainable Agriculture Development through promotion of integrated farming like horticulture, dairy farming and vegetable crops etc.
5. A total 3970 acres of land is covered under horticulture, while for efficient use of water, 1966 farmers have installed drip and sprinkler irrigation systems.
6. Promotion of Indigenous breed of cows, supported to 2395 needy families.
7. For promotion of non-conventional energy sources, 1131 families have also constructed Biogas plants, a onetime investment and life time free cooking.
8. Ensuring equitable development of the society through women's empowerment. Foundation has promoted 1158 women's Self Help Groups under which 16087 women have become members.
9. 12800 members of women self-help groups have become self-reliant after initiating need based income generation activities with the foundation's support.
10.Looking to the impact of the development projects being carried out, following renowned organizations and Govt. agencies have become partners for the larger coverage and benefit of the rural community,
(I) Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SPIT),
(II) National Bank for agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD), (III)Government of Maharashtra
(IV) International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)
(V) Self Employed Women's Association(SEWA)
(VI) Cotton connect
(VI) Riverside School
RECOGNIZING THE EFFORTS OF THE GROUP
1. Confederation of Indian Industries CII has awarded "National Award for Excellence in Water Management
- Beyond the Fence 2010"
2. FICCI has also awarded national "Water Awards 2012 for Excellence in Water Management and Conservation."