Samadhan is the Company’s flagship program for on-farm sustainable livelihood reaching out to 8174 farmers through agriculture interventions and 4295 families through livestock interventions during the year. The foundational element of the project is the formation of Farmer Interest Groups in villages based on their unique circumstances such as types of land holding and farm activity to help them to collectively overcome challenges related to market access and product pricing. Some of the key efforts carried out during the year focused on improving soil health, quality of agriculture seeds & horticulture plants, improving breeds of animals like goats, buffaloes & cows and improving farming practices & technology. By 2020, Samadhan will positively impact the lives of more than 30,000 farming families living near HZL operations. SAMADHAN is being implemented in partnership with Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation (BAIF).

Skill Development Projects

Skill Development Projects train local youth for appropriate job-related skills based on their aptitude and education to improve their employability. During the year, six projects were initiated exclusively for youth living around our operating sites in partnership with leading organizations known for their commendable work in skill development. Key highlights for the year were:

  • Mining Academy – Started in 2016, the Academy continues to grow with three centres currently comprising of about 172 students who are provided opportunity of a lucrative career in underground mining. The students receive class-room instruction as well as practical training using simulators and on the job training in mines
  • Skilling & Entrepreneurship Centres – Skill development centres at Dariba and Agucha were started which will train about 700 youth every year across six different trades including micro finance, home electrician, security guard, general duty assistant, sales associate and data entry. Currently, 159 youth including girls are undergoing training who will then be placed in surrounding districts
  • ITI training at Maruti Suzuki, Gurgaon is a 2-year course offered by Maruti Suzuki to train youth for jobs in the automotive industry. Instead of starting its own ITI training program, the Company decided to encourage, prepare and support youth to be selected for this program. Presently, 152 youth have made it to this program
  • National Employability Enhancement Mission: Under this project, qualified graduates are placed as apprentices in various business units of the Company for a period of three years for receiving on-the-job training. During this year, 134 youth were taken in as apprentices under this scheme
  • BPO Training the course was started during the year at two locations where training was imparted to 48 youth including 26 girls and 22 boys, of which 70% were placed in jobs with salaries ranging from Rs. 8000 to Rs. 25000 per month
  • Other Training Courses: Training programs for employment as security guards and drivers as well as a 45-day training on micro entrepreneurship was introduced during the year benefitting 21 youth.