HCL, one of India’s original IT garage Start-ups and pioneer of modern computing with many first to its credit unveiled its biggest CSR initiative ‘Samuday’ – a rural development initiative to create model villages, which has touched lives of around 6 lac people in the state. The initiative was unveiled by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath along with Shiv Nadar, Founder and Chairman, HCL & Shiv Nadar Foundation, Roshni Nadar, CEO, HCL Corporation and Dr. Dinesh Sharma, Dy CM, Uttar Pradesh.
HCL Foundation, the CSR arm of HCL Technologies, launched “Samuday’ in 2015. It is targeted towards achieving holistic community development including the economic and social development of urban slums. The foundation also aims to build model villages in partnership with central and state governments, village communities, NGOs, knowledge institutions and allied partners.
Currently, the project is being implemented in three blocks of Hardoi disrtict of Uttar Pradesh and has impacted around 6 lac people in 90,000 households across 720 villages through interventions in the fields of education, agriculture, livelihood, health, infrastructure, water, and sanitation.
Congratulating HCL for launching ‘Samuday’ in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath said, “It makes me proud that HCL, which started its journey from Uttar Pradesh and is now grown into a global conglomerate, has chosen Uttar Pradesh for its biggest CSR project. I am confident that the spirit with which the project is being implemented will certainly help the last man on the ground.”
In a couple of years, working to develop a replicable blueprint for sustainable modern villages, Samuday has set up over 380 information and communication technology based classrooms and enrolled 1865 people for adult literacy programme. Aiming for inclusive growth and development of the larger social consciousness, Samuday has also engaged 5000 farmers under various interventions and constructed 5500 toilets, which are currently operational.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Chief Executive Officer, HCL Corporation and Chairperson of the CSR Committee for the HCL Technologies Board Said, “We, at HCL Foundation, believe that positive social change can be brought by innovative and creative models of development. Our proximity to the place from where we started our journey makes Uttar Pradesh the right fit for the project to begin. We feel that through the Samuday model, we will be able to develop a blueprint that is sustainable, scalable and replicable throughout the world.”