The launching of SBI-Gram Seva Program at Shimurali Grampanchayet of Nadia District, West Bengal, and October 02, 2022:
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Shri Dinesh Khara (Chairman of State Bank Group) announced the launch of the 4th phase of the ‘SBI Gram Seva’ Program, adopting 30 remote villages across Aspirational Districts in Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal.
The SBI Gram Seva Program is an integrated rural development program which aims to bring socio-economic changes and holistic development of villages by active intervention in areas like education, healthcare, livelihoods, and infrastructure. It is one of the flagship programs of the SBI Foundation, the CSR arm of the State Bank Group. The program has so far adopted 100 villages across 16 States in 3 phases. With the support of partner NGOs, SBI Foundation has been able to bring socio-economic transformation in these villages, impacting more than one lakh lives.
Announcing the launch, Shri Dinesh Khara (Chairman, SBI) said, “SBI has always strived to contribute towards building a strong and developed rural India. Gram Seva is one of the flagship CSR programs of SBI Foundation working in this direction. Today, I am very much delighted to announce the launch of the 4th phase of the program in a fresh batch of 30 identified villages spread across 6 States, and believe that our combined efforts will take these villages closer towards realising Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of Gram Swaraj.”
Shri Sanjay Prakash (MD & CEO, SBI Foundation) shared, “I am happy to share that after 5 years of implementation of SBI Gram Seva, with our partners on the ground, critical support from Government Departments, and active involvement of Gram Panchayats, we have been able to bring socio-economic prosperity in 100 adopted villages, in the first 3 phases so far. The program has set an example for community-led movement, paving the way for Atmanirbhar Grameen Bharat.”
On the ground at Shimurali Gram Panchayat, the Inauguration event was conducted by, Shri. Debnarayan Saha (SBI Regional Manager, Krishnanagar), Shri. Rajaram Chavan (Operations Head, SBIF Mumbai), Shri. Chandrajit Raha (Branch Manager, SBI Shimurali), Shri. Ansuman Das (Secretary & Director, Sabuj Sanga), Smt. Sunanda Durlabpanda (Sambhapati, Kalyani Block), Smt. Pratima Mondal (Pradhan, Shimurali), Shri. Pankaj Kumar Singh (Pradhan, Kanchrapara) & Shri. Nirmal Mazumder (Upa-pradhan, Shimurali) were present. During the event A Gram Seva Kendra was inaugurated to provide the digital facilities to villagers also, mobile medical van was donated to provide the preventive and primary healthcare services to adopted villages and around villages. This project will be implemented by Sabuj Sangha West Bengal based civil society.