Mahindra and Mahindra India’s massive automobile mansion has launched an interesting (CSR) Corporate Social Responsibility campaign called Sankalp for traffic police. The swearing ceremony took place on a grand note with the participation of top official dignitaries, Mr Pratap Dighavkar, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in traffic segment, Mr Quaiser, the Additional Commissioner of Traffic Police, and Dr Upadhyaya, the Joint Commissioner of Traffic Police.
Mahindra launched the Sankalp program on a day of awareness, National Safety Day, on 4th of March. The highlight of the program is to promote all round road safety. The company will provide necessary equipments such as protective helmets, florescent jackets lined with reflective tapes and nose masks. The initial part of Sankalp program will cater to more than 600 police officials who are on duty from Worli sea link to Dahisar region in Mumbai. The second part will witness a similar number of officials, but the area is varied from Worli-Church Gate. To ensure that the police officials are not constantly exposed to pollution, nose masks will be changed every fifteen days.
Sankalp initiative is an all round development process, and Mahindra aims to improve infrastructure with clean washrooms, drinking water and also solar lamps for enhanced night vision. The police force in India is exposed to enormous levels of pollution, and most of the time masks are not provided. Mahindra has launched an excellent initiative called Sankalp to ensure that policemen are protected from the hazards of pollution with rolling out of masks which will be changed every fifteen days.
The traffic scene in India is chaotic, and policemen are not aware of the dangerous consequences of exposure to pollution. India does not have a standard occupational health hazard monitoring team as observed in first world nations. Mahindra has taken on a beneficial initiative called Sankalp to educate police forces on the importance of road safety.
The shortage of infrastructure in India is a serious issue, and Mahindra has taken up this concern seriously. The hygiene levels in India are unsatisfactory with few provisions of public toilets. Mahindra under Sankalp will introduce a better washroom infrastructure. The company has launched core programs under Sankalp essential for development of the country. This might be a step towards progress in infrastructure and hygiene in India.
On the launch of Sankalp, Chief Police Officer in Automotive and Farm Equipment Sector of Mahindra and Mahindra commented, ‘’the streets of Mumbai are packed with traffic and the ability of the police to tackle traffic is among the best in India. The police forces in Mumbai have to handle thousands of vehicles, vehicular pollution, heat and noise. The handling of nose masks and improvement of infrastructure will elevate the efficiency and experience of police personals. ‘’
Sankalp is an excellent initiative to educate the police force on the importance of environmental hazard safety, and also a step towards the progression of hygiene and infrastructure. Let’s hope the program will send a message to officials to take safety measures, and the authorities will work towards the implementation of risk assessment in environmental safety sector in the near future.