JAMMU, Oct 31: HDFC Bank Limited was honoured by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs at the 1st National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards.
The bank received an Honourable Mention for its contribution to the National Priority Schemes in Agriculture and Rural Development categories. These initiatives are part of HDFC Bank Parivartan, the umbrella for all social initiatives at the bank.
Instituted by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to recognize India Inc’s contribution in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to achieve inclusive growth and sustainable development, the National CSR Award is the highest recognition in the domain by the Government of India. Out of 528 companies that participated, the jury finalized 19 winners and 19 honourable mentions across the three award categories.
Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Thakur conferred the Honourable Mention to HDFC Bank officials Umesh Chandra Sarangi, Independent Director, Ashima Bhat, Group Head CSR and Nusrat Pathan, Head CSR in the presence of Injeti Srinivas, Secretary, Minister of Corporate Affairs, GoI and Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman. President of India Ramnath Kovind also graced the occasion.
HDFC Bank ‘Parivartan’ has touched over 54 million lives across India. One of its flagship programmes, known as Holistic Rural Development Programme (HRDP), was recognised at the event. HRDP seeks to better village life by focusing on improvements in 5 key areas of Education, Skills Training and Livelihood Enhancement, Natural Resources Management, Water and Sanitation and Financial Literacy and Inclusion.
“We are humbled by this recognition of the efforts made under Parivartan,” said Ashima Bhat, Group Head CSR, HDFC Bank. “At HDFC Bank, we believe that for India to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth, our villages must grow in tandem with cities. In rural India, where agriculture is still a major source of livelihood, we are looking at bringing about holistic change through HRDP. We are creating an ecosystem to improve the overall economic and social conditions in line with the Government’s Adarsh Gaon Abhiyan initiative,” she added.