Dalmia Cement Empowers 30,000 lives Through Sustainable Development Initiatives in Rural Communities in Midnapore


Midnapore: Dalmia Cement Bharat Limited (DCBL), India’s leading cement manufacturer and a subsidiary of Dalmia Bharat Limited (DBL), held a special showcase of its sustainable community development projects at its Bengal Cement Works (BCW) production unit in Salboni, Midnapore. The company’s initiatives under its Corporate Social Responsibility arm – Dalmia Bharat Foundation (DBF) encompass diverse training programs for men, women and youth in neighboring rural areas in both farming and non-farming sectors. The primary goal is to empower these individuals and broaden their income opportunities ensuring sustainable livelihood. Three of their significant initiative includes - World on Wheels (WoW), a digital literacy programme that offers e-education and digital resources to the underserved, Mat Craft Centre empowering rural women through upskilling and enterprise development and the Rural Haat, a community market project in collaboration with NABARD, serving farmers and community members to market their produce promoting economic opportunities. The programmes reach out to 39 villages in the surrounding area, positively impacting over 30,000 lives, helping them to build a brighter prospect for livelihood.

Commenting on the company’s initiatives in the region, Mr. Pankaj Gupta, Asst. Executive Director and Unit Head, Bengal Cement Works said, “At Dalmia Cement, we are deeply dedicated to drive sustainable change in rural communities we operate in. Our goal is to promote programs that ensure inclusive and sustainable growth for everyone. By providing them with essential tools, upskilling opportunities and holistic support systems, we hope to nurture thriving communities, enabling individuals to achieve self-reliance and sustainable progress. We will continue to work positively in this direction, contributing to building a stronger and more resilient nation."

Dalmia Cement has been actively leading social transformation in the region through multiple initiatives focused on sustainable livelihood development. Some of these initiatives include –DIKSHa, skill development centre for youth; micro-enterprise building via Self Help Groups through upskilling programs like mushroom cultivation, candle making, handicraft production etc; WADI development programmes for farmers under the Tribal Development Fund and many more. The company has also initiated community connect programmes like organizing health camps, promotion of sports, building community infrastructure, contributing to the overall well-being of the region. Dalmia Cement (BCW) was the recipient of the prestigious “GMF Green Feather Award, 2023” for its exceptional CSR initiatives in Midnapore.

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