With contribution from Mysore Minerals Limited, two more schools come under Akshaya Patra, ISKCON's mid-day meal programme With donation from Mysore Minerals, two more schools come under Akshaya Patra With its contribution, two more schools come under Akshaya Patra
Bangalore: The State-owned Mysore Minerals Ltd is out to show that corporate social responsibility is very much on the agenda of public sector undertakings too.
Mysore Minerals Managing Director Jija Madhavan Harisingh, an IPS officer, announced here on Tuesday a substantial donation towards Akshaya Patra, the mid-day meal programme of the ISKCON, which now feeds more than 50,000 children in government and municipal schools in and around Bangalore alone. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is one among the many dignitaries who have shared a meal with some of the children.
The contribution from Mysore Minerals will help two schools in the city, Government Higher Primary School near the traffic police station in Audugodi and the Corporation Boys High School in Austin Town. In all, more than a thousand children will benefit. The tie-up with Akshaya Patra will be extended to several schools in Bellary district too where the mining industry is concentrated, Ms. Harisingh said.
Last year, Mysore Minerals launched ROQWARE: Recycling of Quarry Waste, Women's Awareness and Rural Employment. Discarded stone from the quarries will be provided free of cost to artisans to be converted into objects of art such as stone statues, artefacts, curios and handicraft items which have a good market in urban centres.
The PSU selected groups of women working in quarries to be trained in the crafts which will yield them a steady income. More than 1,000 women have already been trained in Chamrajanagar, Kanakapura, Hassan and Ilkal where there is plenty of quarry waste. The programmes will be extended to more areas this year. Ms. Harisingh also arranged camps where sculpture was taught to groups of rural women. The first camp was held at Cubbon Park. The Karnataka Government undertaking has 45 mining leases covering 5,440 hectares and 27 quarry leases covering 781.38 ha for various minerals and granites. The company is also one of the largest producers in the region of chromite, magnesite, limestone, dolomite, iron ore, clay and granite.