Q. Major Social Projects being run under the flagship of your organization.
GTFL keeps on contributing in one way or other to the society at large, and our main focus is to bring a remarkable change in Education, Healthcare, environment and Skill Development. Some key initiatives are:
Education: Shri Abasaheb Garware College, Smt Vimalabai Garware School, Garware Balbhavan and E-learning Projects
Healthcare: Providing Ambulances, Buses for Blind People, Ventilator at Sassoon Hospital, Health Check-up camps, Participation in the program for Dengue and medical support for the underprivileged
Environment: Tree Plantation at Pune and Wai, over 10,000 plants.
Skill Development: Training women from rural areas to make them employable and providing work has helped to avoid displacement of those families to cities.
Q. The kind of challenges you have faced during the implementation of social projects and what recommendation you want to give to improve the implementation process and also the quality of Social Service practices?
Sometimes participation of local people and understanding the voice of prospective beneficiaries of the project is the key. We feel that the involvement of well established NGOs who have expertise and network will be of great assistance at the time of project implementations
Q. What should be the social trends in India and what are the most urgent ethical issues in the India Community?
Considering India to be one of the few countries in the world to give clear guidelines to companies to spend 2% of their net profit on social development, we feel that this would result in betterment of society, However the need of the hour is to nurture young India with modern education infrastructural facilities, empowerment of women and providing better healthcare support to the underprivileged.
Q. Brief about your organization’s Vision, Mission and Objectives as well as the organization’s legacy
GTFL’s legacy of giving back to society was inherited from our founder – the late B. D. Garware, fondly known as Abasaheb. A visionary philanthropist, he was awarded with Padmabhushan for his contribution in the Indian industry and society. He extended generous support to a number of educational institutes, hospitals, charities and trusts. Following in his footsteps, the former chairman, late Ramesh Garware too imbibed this admirable trait. His philanthropic traits and passion for giving back to the society reflected in his active and enthusiastic involvement in various social initiatives. He formed Ramesh Garware Charity Trust and the Om Charity Trust for serving the underprivileged sectionsof society.
The current Chairman & Managing Director- Mr. Vayu Garware continues to extend support for various social causes and is looking at other new avenues to broaden the sphere of activities.
Aligning to the company’s mission and visions, GTFL strives to provide need based solutions to the society through various initiatives and is continuously working towards creating empowered, enhanced and improved society.
Our objective is to constantly focus on assisting the less fortunate members of society in various ways, such as supporting needy students in primary, secondary or higher education, by way of monetary help to educational/ charitable institutions or by way of grants or loans with or without interest and loan scholarships to students on concessional terms of repayment, etc.
Q. Any motivational or inspiring story in context with the projects being run under your organization. Also share if there are any remarkable Social Impact cases you have experienced, which you suggest for other organizations to practice.
Garware Bal Bhavan has been a great success even in a large city like Pune. Today more than 500 children enjoy the benefits of Garware BalBhavan every day. It has helped thousands of children in enhancing multiple skills and develops an overall personality through various on-going activities.
In future, we plan to make the rural areas into Happy Schools that will provide proper facilities such as Drinking Water, Separate Toilets for girls and boys, well-maintained building, Library, and E-learning facility and many more to children
Q. How do you rate Indian Business on the CSR Scale and what recommendations you provide to combat the basic challenges of Indian society and CSR practices?
There are many corporates who believe in giving back to the society and will continue doing it, just like Garware Group started working for society way back in 1960 and will continue to do so in years to come. With the new provision in companies acts obviously the CSR spend will increase. However, it is important that the expenditure is aligned with the larger objectives at the national level. It is also important to have competent bodies to guide and direct corporates to get optimum impact from the CSR initiatives.
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