REC Foundation Pledges to Distribute Essential Items to 5K Needy People Affected from Lockdown

In a further step of providing relief to the needy people, REC Foundation, the CSR arm of the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) REC Ltd, has pledged to distribute 5,000 customized packets of essential items to labourers and others those affected on the back of lockdown imposed by the government to contain the spread of coronavirus.

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Such packets, which are made up of sustainable cloth bags, contain a drinking water bottle, roasted chana, peanuts, mixture, glucose powder, footwear and reusable masks.

REC Ltd, formerly Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd, is mainly focusing on the power sector financing and development across the country.

The NBFC has planned this activity in a phased manner, its first leg of activity was planned on June 04, 2020, and approximately 500 such packets were distributed among 500 beneficiaries in Delhi.

During its second phase which was successfully completed on June 7, 2020, REC has distributed nearly 1,000 packets in Gurgaon and Noida.

However, the Navratna company said that it will distribute remaining packets in the coming days, and the distribution of these bags was done by employees of the corporation who volunteered to stand for this social cause.

Besides this, REC in collaboration with several other power distribution companies (Discoms), district authorities, and NGOs, is already providing cooked meals and ration to the needy across the country.

This is in line with REC Ltd’s announcement in April 2020, that via its CSR arm REC Foundation, it had sanctioned Rs 7 crore in a step to speed up the relief work amidst lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ministry of Power through a notification intimated that, as of June 6, 2020, the corporation has distributed over 4.66 lacs Kilograms of foodgrains, 2.56 lac meal packets, 9,600 litres of sanitizers, 3,400 PPE kits and 83,000 masks.

Additionally, it has also joined hands with TajSATS (a joint venture of IHCL and SATS Ltd) to feed the frontline healthcare workers, through collaborative efforts, in Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi.

Through this initiative, REC is providing daily 300 food packets as a gesture of gratitude to the frontline healthcare warriors of New Delhi, and over 18,000 meals are being delivered in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, REC is also the nodal agency for Govt. of India flagship schemes launched for the power sector like Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), Saubhagya. Apart from this, it provides financial assistance across the power sector value chain.

Earlier, concerned over the plight of daily wagers, the Navratna NBFC also said that more such funds are already in the pipeline for this purpose.

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Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.