The project has been initiated with the aim of preserving, promoting and popularizing the literature, National heritage, Art and Culture of Odisha. Financial assistance has been given to the Society for Development of Rural Literature, Bhubaneswar by ONGC Foundation for the construction of the Convention Hall, Four Amphitheaters and an Art Garden at Purvasha Folk and Tribal Art Museum at Barkul, Chilika, Odisha. This will directly benefit 3600 artists and 3600 family members of such artists, 100 Gurus and 500 family members. Besides this, the project will also benefit 100 families that are making musical and artisanal equipment for lakhs of tourists visiting Chilika every year and 10,000 families depending on tourist activities and (c) people of Odisha state in general.
Talcher, the Coal city of Odisha is one of the fastest growing industrial and coal hubs in the state with the population of 40,841 including the SCs and the STs. Due to an increase in the industrial activities, the town has witnessed a growing population but there is lack of adequate facilities. Therefore, ONGC Foundation had partnered with Talcher Kishor club to create a multipurpose facility which encompasses a community center and a library. The library facilities will encourage the children and adults to get access to new books and inculcate the habit of reading. The cultural centre has fostered the preservation of the local cultures including the traditions and values of the tribes residing in Odisha. Various events have been held on the stage and as well as organised in the recreational hall.
The facilities here are provided at a nominal or no cost. ONGC Foundation had extended financial support for the implementation of this project. The scope of the project included a community hall, a cultural program stage, toilets, two dressing rooms, and an office cum conference hall, a Library and a common pandal. The estimated beneficiaries of the project were 5000 people who are living in Talcher town and its nearby villages like Kishorpal, Kanki, Kakundi, etc.
Nature has given so much to human beings that now it’s time to give back to nature. Believing in this noble initiative, ONGC Foundation had supported Sambad Ama Odisha Charitable Trust for the development of Janaki Ballav Park at Khordha, Odisha under its CSR intervention. The park had been developed in the honour of Late Ex-chief minister of Odisha and Ex- Governor of Assam and hence it has public sentiments attached to it. The objective of the project was to ensure environmental sustainability, to maintain ecological balance and safeguard the flora and fauna.
On 3rd May, 2019, Cyclone FANI had created havoc in the coastal state of Odisha. Cities like Bhubaneshwar and Puri suffered the wrath of the cyclone more than the other places. Lives and property have been affected tremendously, where almost 50 people lost their lives and 30 lahs people were displaced and lost their livelihoods. Such a situation had prevailed even in the Konark area resulting in severe damages of the Konark Sun Temple. ONGC Foundation took on the responsibility of financially supporting the conservation, repair and maintenance of the Sun Temple in Konark. As an ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) monument, the repair works of the temple would be taken care of by ASI only.
Ms.Rima Das, the director of the movie ‘Village Rockstar’ had been encouraged towards the promotion and exhibition of the movie by ONGC Foundation. This movie had been nominated to represent India at The Oscars -2019. ‘Village Rockstar’ is a 2017 Indian Assamese language film, written, edited, co-produced and directed by Ms Rima Das, who is a self-taught filmmaker.The movie is about Dhunu, the protagonist amidst a group of real village rock stars. Growing up in hardship, she cherished the aspiration of having her own rock band. Her life although engulfed by hostile natural calamities doesn’t bar her from dreaming of owning a real guitar! The movie subtly draws attention to complex gender issues – sometimes even subverting the conventional gender norms – without ever getting preachy. It is a women’s journey into the heart of the matter. The film stands for something that is always under threat: the courage to ignore the reality that life is exceedingly difficult. The movie not only brings out the salient features of Assamese culture but also is a great motivational story for the children.
Vivekananda Medical Research Trust with the support from ONGC Foundation has initiated the process of setting up of an ‘Old age Assistance Home –Vishranti’ at Palampur, Himachal Pradesh to provide assistance to senior citizens as well as patients visiting Vivekananda Medical Research Trust (VMRT) centers. Due to a rapid surge in the old age population, there is a rising concern in the society relating to the senior citizen’s social and mental health. More than 100 people above the age of 60 years will be accommodated in this old age home. The agency is trying to accommodate 50%-60% of inmates from the BPL families free of cost. VMRT, having one super-specialty hospital (VMI) and one Ayurveda Nature Cure Hospital (KAYAKALP) within the campus, makes it an appropriate location to have a home for the senior citizens at this location.
As an initiative, a grant has been extended for augmenting CPWS (Community Public Water System) scheme for water supply for Odalarevu of Allavaram Mandal, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh through the District administration. The project is important for the operations of Eastern Offshore Asset (EOA), Kakinada since the villagers are facing a lot of difficulty due to the non-availability of adequate clean drinking water supply. The availability of clean water will not only ensure safety against deadly water borne diseases but it will also empower the village communities.
The scope of the work is as following;
Financial assistance has been provided for the development of infrastructure at Kajliwan Stadium, Saugor Cantt ,MP. The scope of this project includes construction of a sitting area for people to watch sports and events, stage, Security & Luggage room, Rest room, Electrical room, Pump room, waiting room and Commentary room which would benefit around 4000 people living in Saugor Cantt. Cantonment board Saugor, MP is the implementing partner for this project.
ONGC Foundation has provided financial assistance to Nagar Panchayat, Kapkot for the construction of a Convention center at Kapkot, District Bageshwar, Uttarakhand. The convention center would be used by the people of Kapkot and the adjoining 50-60 villages. The ground floor would be used for organizing various cultural functions, while the 1st floor would be used for conducting skill development programs and as a center of Computer Education for the local people.