Standards of Corporate Social Responsibility

Cairn, Oil & Gas vertical of Vedanta Limited has projects that cut across three states, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan, each with different socio-cultural and developmental contexts and therefore different developmental priorities.

We work in 21 villages of Andhra Pradesh - spread across the East Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts. Krishna and Guntur in Andhra Pradesh are flood prone districts, primarily rural in nature. There is a great shortfall in healthcare services in these districts, serving a population of over 200 villages. Ravva in East Godavery is a prosperous district, but village Surasaniyanam in this district does not enjoy the same status.

Our pipeline in Gujarat and Jalore (of Rajasthan) covers 610 km, 8 districts, 235 villages that include 140,000 rural families and 140,000 urban families. Besides these, we also work in in Suvali, Surat. These districts have displayed very distinct characteristics (occupation, development, awareness) and needs. Literacy statistics for Gujarat show that while male literacy is higher than the national average, female literacy is a little lower – thus the gender gap in schooling is of concern. Health issues particularly Maternal Mortality Rate have also been identified.

Our work in Rajasthan is concentrated in villages near our sites and business assets, spread across four blocks in Barmer district. This region has a history of weak performance on various social indicators (Barmer is ranked 25 out of 33 districts in Rajasthan while being the third largest district in the state). The literacy rate of Barmer is 56%, much below the national average which is over 70%.

For details of our CSR programs in these states click on the links below.


We run direct interventions in 5 villages and in the remaining we work in close coordination with the district administration. Given that there are many potential employment candidates who are graduates, we primarily focus on facilitating employment for young people through partnership with institutions such as TCS and NASSCOM.


  • Maintaining the Village Health Clinic at Surasaniyanam village, where every month about 2000 patients receive free consultations and medicines.
  • Monthly health camps for schools and anganwaadis serving about 500 children.
  • General health camps in 3 villages in Krishna District.
  • Setting up ten model anganwaadi centres aimed at promoting early childhood education and health in East Godavari and Krishna districts - serving 200 children.
  • Community Health Project (ArogyaDisha) being implemented across 3 villages in Krishna and 1 Village in East Godavari. This is focused on promoting institutional deliveries and proper ante-natal and post-natal care.


  • Organizing 5 remedial classes for 200 students (1st to 5th standard) in Surasaniyanam village.
  • Supporting supplementary education classes for 150 students (6th to 10th Standard) at Surasaniyanam village.
  • Initiation of 3 tuition classes for 120 students (1st to 7th standard) at Nangegadda and Venkannuru villages in Krishna district.
  • Village Science Centre catering to 500 children established in Surasaniyanam village.

Skill Development

  • Training opportunities for youth in Basic DCA (Diploma in Computer Application) and Spoken English at CNKC (Cairn NASSCOM Knowledge Centre), Surasaniyanam and Youth Resource Centre, Nagyalanka.
  • Vocational training for employment in leading corporate entities such as Hero Honda, Hyundai, Auchan etc.
  • Young people from Krishna and East Godavari trained in the Youth Resource Centre have been placed in TCS, Chennai.

Economic Development

  • Facilitating and supporting a women’s SHG at Surasaniyanam, with contracts for stitching school uniforms and other products, worth INR 4 lakhs.
  • Three micro enterprises (Tie and dye designing, Tailoring and Jute bag making) wholly run by women established in three villages with 40 members.
  • Orders for stitching 10000 cloth bags were obtained from the government for 5 women community members of Surasaniyanam village.

Environment & Infrastructure Development

  • As per the annual CSR commitment of Ravva JV, an amount of INR 2 Crores has been provided to the District Collector, East Godavari, for taking up infrastructure development works in Surasaniyanam village, Uppalaguptham and Amalapuram Mandals.
  • Two drinking water RO plants installation is in progress at Surasaniyanam village.
  • The ‘Green Krishna’ drive conducted in Krishna with the planting of 16,000 trees by 1000 school children of Krishna District.
  • Micro Events - Important days and national festivals celebrated by involving almost 700 school children from 3 villages in Krishna and 1 village in East Godavari Districts.

In Gujarat – considering the socio-economic status of the state and the scale of geography - our approach is primarily to focus on need based community micro-projects. Our interventions include:


  • Mobile Health Vans catering to more than 100 villages in 4 districts on our pipeline route.
  • Health camps organised in 70 villages that have delivered health care to over 100,000 people.
  • A model Anganwadi project in Surat district covering 100 children.
  • Child and Maternal Health Program delivering health services to 5,000 expecting and lactating mothers in Surat.
  • Supporting the government in their malnutrition eradication program – covering over 500 children.


  • In partnership with the district Department of Education and IL&FS Education, 55 rural libraries - across 6 districts - reaching around 15,000 students and teachers - have been set up.
  • Operational support has been provided to 2 Mobile Science Vans in partnership with Agastya International Foundation- covering 40 villages in Viramgam and Jamnagar - reaching about 10,000 students and 15,000 non-student members of the local community.

Economic Development

  • Supporting the set-up and operations of 9 Agri-kiosk centres in partnership with MCX (India’s largest commodity futures exchange) - covering 300 villages - impacting 30,000 farmers - across our pipeline route.
  • Linking 5,000 farmers with the Dantiwada Agricultural University for training on best practices in agriculture.
  • Providing 10,000 farmers with regular agriculture related inputs – using SMS applications - through the Reuters Market Light program.

Infrastructure Development

  • Solar Electrification of 24 villages of Jamnagar and 2 villages of Banaskantha - serving 75,000 people - over 50 village youth trained on maintenance of solar lights.
  • Development and/or renovation of roads and anganwadis centres.

Micro Interventions

  • Programmes organised in schools and hospitals to promote healthcare concepts, sports and education – target population 50,000 people.
  • Pipeline Safety Campaign -
    • 240 villages (with a population of 7,50,000, including women and children) have been covered by the Pipeline Safety Awareness campaign.
    • The campaign focused on educating the community about safety of the pipeline.


  • Implementing project ‘Shristi’ - Working in association with the district administration and the forest department to improve and extend the green cover.
  • Nal Sarovar Sanctuary – We have developed the park area of the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, planting more than 6000 saplings to support and strengthen bio-diversity.
  • Banaskantha afforestation efforts – More than 20,000 trees have been planted spanning 22 hectares of land area in Banaskantha district.
  • Environment Education Program in Surat district - Targeting 20 schools and covering 10,000 students, improving awareness and knowledge of environment issues.

Our strategy in Rajasthan is to reach the maximum number of households (35,000 rural families and 40,000 semi-urban families) through multiple interventions in health, education, and livelihood – and to engage with all segments of the household to ensure holistic development. Our programs focus on:


  • Mobile Health Vans providing preventive health care services to over 250,000 people every year - implemented in partnership with NGOs and the local government under the National Rural Health Mission.
  • A 5 year Integrated Community Health Program for improving the quality of facilities and services in the government rural health care system. This is being implemented in partnership with an NGO. This program aims to address the issue of child and maternal mortality and reduce incidences of diseases such as TB and diarrhea.
  • Sanitation facilities being made available to rural households - in partnership with the local panchayat(s) - to improve the status of health and hygiene in the district.
  • Clean and safe drinking water being made available through water kiosks using RO technology – serving the rural population in Cairn’s operational vicinity.


  • Improving the quality of education by implementing a three year program in partnership with the local government and NGOs, in over fifty rural government schools (primary and secondary). This program aims to boost academic performance, enrolment, and simultaneously reduce the gender gap and drop-out rates.

Employment enhancing vocational skills

  • Employment linked vocational skills training being undertaken in partnership with specialized training agencies; aiming at facilitating employment of over 4000 rural youth over the next five years.
  • The CAIRN ENTERPRISE CENTRE (CEC) has been created to be the hub of Cairn’s employment enhancing CSR initiatives for the people of Barmer. CEC and satellite centers provide employment linked training for local youth; 750 individuals are trained annually and we have achieved 75% employment; CEC functions in partnership with DTE and is linked to ITI.
  • The Cairn Center of Excellence, Jodhpur, has been set up to provide advanced vocational skill trainings in various industrial trades. The Centre is expected to begin operations in the second half of 2014-15, and will train over 3,000 rural youth over the next five years.

Livelihood and Income Enhancement

  • We are in the process of implementing an income generation and enhancement program through improved practices in agriculture and livestock farming. Our focus is on creating access to better technologies and market linkages for farmers. The program is expected to positively impact over 20,000 farmers over the next five years.

Sustainable Environment

  • Cairn is responsible for massive green belt coverage – being undertaken in partnership with local panchayats, NGOs and the state forest department.

Rural Development Projects

  • A critical initiative of Cairn CSR is the provision of access to electricity to households in remote rural areas; we are doing this through solar PV based projects in partnership with the central and state governments.
  • Need-based community development projects that improve the quality of life in rural areas continue to be designed and implemented by us.

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