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Prof. Dr. K Wucherer, Member of Corporate Executive Committee of Siemens AG, inaugurated the centre that will cater to around 1,500 families.
As a part of the holistic Tsunami Rehabilitation Project, the German Business Community led by Siemens, ThyssenKrupp and Bayer – along with the German Consulate General has set up a Medical and Social Center. The German Business Community and the Consulate General Earthquake Assistance Foundation, comprising German corporates, is providing the funds for the project, which is implemented in partnership with the Srinivasan Services Trust, a corporate NGO of the TVS group.
The Medical Center, manned with a full time doctor, a nurse and an attendant, will cater to 1,500 families within a radius of 3-5 km of the village. The Social Center is a meeting place, where social workers will provide counseling to children & women and run special programs to make women economically independent. Interim, while the medical centre was under construction, a makeshift medical center was set up in adopted villages with a full time doctor helping around 50-60 patients on daily basis. There were regular health checkups, hygiene & sanitation awareness camps conducted on regular basis.
The long-term rehabilitation plan of the German Business Community covers five areas, namely constructing of the Medical & Social center, building Houses, supporting education infrastructure, providing livelihood opportunities & undertaking Rural Development. The plan is being implemented in four adopted villages, namely Thenampattinam and Pudupattinam villages from Nagapattinam district and Keelmanakudi & Alikal Pillaithopu village from Kanyakumari district
Speaking at the inauguration, Prof. Dr. Klaus Wucherer, Member of the Corporate Executive Committee of Siemens AG said, “Corporate Social Responsibility is an important pillar of business strategy globally. Siemens has been involved worldwide in many social issues including health care and education. In times of crisis as well, we have been at the forefront. We have supported all Tsunami affected countries with immediate relief and long-term projects. In India, it is heartening to know that several companies have come together under one banner to undertake a holistic rehabilitation project. This demonstrates that by working together we can make a bigger difference to the community.”
Comments Mr. Juergen Schubert, Managing Director, Siemens Ltd., one of the leading companies in the initiative, said, “The assessment of the Tsunami affected areas revealed that there is a urgent need for healthcare facilities. Therefore, our primary focus in the rehabilitation project is on constructing medical and social centers in identified villages, besides providing houses, livelihood opportunities and supporting education infrastructure. Over the next 4-5 years, our aim is to uplift 80% of the people above the poverty line.” He further added, “The inauguration of the medical and social center is a step towards fulfilling this mission undertaken by our employees, who have made generous contributions in terms of time and money.”
Said Mr. Stephan Gerlich, Country Head, Bayer Group in India, “Bayer has always been a firm supporter of humanitarian causes around the world. Our employees have readily supported the Company’s initiatives towards alleviating the pain and trauma of people affected by adverse situations. We are therefore encouraged to witness the inauguration of the first, of the four, medical and social centers for the Tsunami affected people. We hope that this centre will provide the nearby villages with adequate medical facilities as well as a venue for conducting social welfare activities. This is in line with the aim of the German Business Community in India for the Tsunami victims.”
Adds Mr. Ashoke Joshi, Chairman, Srinivasan Services Trust, “It is very good of the German Business Community comprising German companies to come forward and support the people in Tsunami affected villages. These companies are not only funding the project, but their employees are also directly involved in execution of the project, which is rare. We are thankful for their contribution in the rehabilitation project.”
About Siemens Ltd.
Siemens Ltd is the flagship of the Siemens Group in India. The Siemens Group is a leading provider of industry and infrastructure solutions in India with a business volume aggregating about Rs 5400 crores. It operates in the core business segments of Energy, Industry and Buildings, Information Technology, Communication, Transportation, Healthcare and Lighting. It has nation-wide Sales and Service network, 17 manufacturing plants, some 500 strong network of channel partners and through its 12 Companies, the Siemens Group employs over 12,000 people.