ONGC aims towards social development with its CSR initiatives

From well to wire. From Kitchen to Sky. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari. From mind to heart. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has embarked on a phenomenal journey; not only for oil but also for spreading smiles. Not only for energy security but also for social development. ONGC is today, one of the premiere companies to have invested under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The CSR spending registered over its budget allocation by 127 percent at Rs. 615 crore in the Financial Year 2018-19, a feat which has set a new landmark in CSR.

In the year 2018-19 alone, ONGC has implemented more than 4000 projects covering every nook and corner of the country. A few proud achievements of the company that have brought a positive impact to the society focuses on Health Care, Education, Skill Development, Swachh Bharat and Rural Development.


A 300 bed Multi-Speciality for the underprivileged

The company spent INR 236 crore under its healthcare initiatives. In Sivsagar district of Assam, people were suffering from the need of basic healthcare facilities for years. ONGC set up a 300-bed multi-speciality hospital which will benefit more than one lakh patients in a year. Furthermore, to ensure doorstep medical facilities for the elderly women and children, the company engaged 31 Mobile Medical Units covering 371 villages in 9 states. It also partly financed a 455-bed National Cancer Institute at Nagpur. The institute will provide world-class oncology treatment facility at affordable rates to the general public of Central India. The state of the art radio diagnostic equipment and construction of the first floor and ground floor of the institute has been funded by ONGC. More than 10,000 people have benefited through this project up to April 2019.

At Mangalore, Lady Goschen Hospital established in 1849, is the only hospital in entire Konkon region which provides exclusive pre-natal and post-natal care. The 167 year old hospital building was in a dilapidated condition and due to the increased inflow of patients. ONGC extended financial support to start a new wing in the hospital campus which is catering to birth of 500 infants a month.

Swachh Bharat & Sanitation Initiatives

Under Swachh Bharat Initiative, ONGC ensured 33 percent of the CSR budget as per government directives. ONGC spent INR 204 crore on various projects under Swachh Bharat Mission. It undertook Solid Waste Management project at the holy town of Rameshwaram; installed a bio CNG plant on the bank of River Ganga in Haridwar; constructed 33,662 IHHLs for the benefit of rural population; installed 2309 tubewells and handpumps, 121 Water ROs and 26 Water ATMs; constructed 412 school toilets, 43 community toilets.

ONGC is among the first company to have undertaken a cleaning initiative in the high mountain peak of Himalayas. 9 cleaning initiatives / expeditions had been undertaken in partnership with Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and the teams succeeded in bringing down 130 tons of garbage for eco-friendly disposal.

In a quest to revive the ancient mythical river ‘Sarawati’, 10 deep water tube wells were drilled along the ancient Paleo channel of River Saraswati. The project implemented in association with WAPCOS has ensured drinking water and irrigation facilities in 10 villages of Haryana State.

ONGC has also successfully installed 36,597 nos. solar street lights in the remote villages benefitting lakhs of villagers across the country.

Education & Skill Development

A total of INR 168 crore was spent under Education & Skill Development Initiatives.

In its endeavour to promote skill development in Jammu & Kashmir, ONGC joined hands with Indian Army by funding for the skill development training of youth of Baramulla, resulting in gainful employment of more than 560 Kashmiri boys and girls.

A skill development institute has been setup by ONGC at Ahmedabad as a part of Petroleum Section Skill Initiative. 780 youth are currently undergoing training in 9 different trades. All these youth are expected to be gainfully employed once the training is complete. Earlier, all 90 youth trained under this program were gainfully employed. ADS Foundation is the implementing partner for this skill development initiative.

ONGC has also taken up a unique initiative of ‘Reviving the Sanskrit Language’. ONGC  has partnered with Samskrit Promotion Foundation for developing Sanskrit content for all classes of CBSE schools, translating and publishing text book of different subjects to samskrit, developing online portal, organizing Sambadshala, training of teachers and many more such initiatives. All contents developed through this project are available in

The company has extended its support to 970 Ekal Vidyalayas for imparting informal education.

Under, ‘ONGC Super 30’ project in Sivsagar, all students secured admission in premiere engineering colleges. In North-east, 34,655 square feet of school infrastructure has been constructed in 22 rural schools.

Aspirational Districts

ONGC has identified 20 aspirational districts for all-round development and is undertaking large scale CSR projects. The focus in all aspirational districts, are mainly in the field of education and health care. The projects are undertaken after consultation with the District Administration.

A total of INR 41 crore is allotted for the development of Aspirational districts.

ONGC as a leading Maharatna of the nation has set a benchmark continuously for the last two years by achieving 100% utilization of CSR budget which has been to the tune of over Rs 500 Crore each year. This reflects ONGC’s commitment as a responsible Corporate Citizen of giving back to the society in equal measure.

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Jyoti, a post graduate of International Business, is working as a Senior Analyst Communication in NGOBOX and CSRBOX. A resident of Ahmedabad, she likes to spend her weekends in solitude by reading, with a steaming cup of coffee to give her company.