J&K Bank lights up 1000 households with solar solutions

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Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir): Extending eco-friendly lighting solutions to the scheduled tribe (ST) community of district Ganderbal under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plan, Jammu and Kashmir Bank distributed solar lanterns among one thousand households in collaboration with MOOL Sustainability Research and Training Centre (MSRTC), a local NGO that works on different developmental projects for building integrative and regenerative communities through capacity building and creative solutions.

On Friday, the bank’s general manager, c, handed over one solar lantern to each of the families belonging to the ST community and other marginal sections at a local school in Lar, Ganderbal, in the presence of senior bank officials and representatives from MSRTC.

After receiving the lanterns, the beneficiaries extended their heartfelt gratitude to the bank for providing them with an eco-friendly and convenient means of lighting their homes. “These lanterns mean a lot to us and our children, as we can now carry on our lives happily in case of power failure. For this, we thank both organisations and pray for their success,” some of the beneficiaries said.

Speaking on the occasion, Syed Rais Maqbool said, “As a responsible financial institution, we encourage CSR interventions that play a crucial role in supporting the underprivileged sections of our society. And we see the provision of these solar lanterns to the ST community not merely as an act of philanthropy but as an investment in a more inclusive society geared towards an eco-friendly future.”

“For such empowering initiatives, it not only brings ease to the living conditions of these economically weaker sections of society but also contributes to the overall progress and well-being of the inhabitants of this place,” he added.

He further said that, “the idea of this project is to engage with the local communities, especially those from economically weaker sections and to encourage them to adapt sustainable and eco-friendly solutions for their day-to-day problems through collaboration with credible NGOs like MSRTC.”

Notably, under the project, a few villages around Chountwaliwar belt in the upper reaches of Lar Tehsil of Ganderbal district have been adopted to provide them an eco-friendly means of lighting. With a population comprising of about one thousand families, the subgroup of Scheduled Tribe constitutes about 46% of the population of these villages, that mainly engages in agriculture, dairy/poultry & livestock farming, horticulture, beekeeping, etc. The project has facilitated eco-friendly lighting to the community in the region.

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