J&K Bank Chairman lays Foundation at ‘Balgran’ in Jammu



J&K Bank

Continuing with its Corporate Social Responsibility programme to reach out to organisations working for the welfare of poor and neglected in the state, J&K Bank Wednesday inaugurated the construction of a dormitory for girls at BALGRAN, Charitable Home for destitute/children at Chhani Rama.

The Bank’s Chairman and CEO Mushtaq Ahmad laid the foundation stone for the dormitory, to be built exclusively for girls, amid appreciation and applause from a gathering of socially conscious citizens of state in a simple yet impressive function. Executive President Abdul Rauf Bhat, Zonal Head Jammu (Central) Arvind Gupta, Vice-President Shujaat Hussain Andrabi and other officers of the bank along with entire BALGRAN management team were present on the occasion, a company statement said this evening.

Speaking on the occasion Chairman said, “Making the economic development of J&K more and more inclusive in its scope and substance has been the purpose of our Bank throughout its remarkable journey for more than seven decades now.”

“As conscious corporate citizen, we follow this philosophy of inclusion in our CSR programme also whereby we extend our helping hand to all the organisations that focus on bringing the individuals and groups at the margins of society to its secure and dignified core. And in this scheme of things our daughters deserve the best we can offer.”

While visiting the entire ‘home’ which houses the school for children also, Chairman announced the establishment of 3 smart classes for 8th, 9th and 10th classes besides face-lifting. He also committed to develop the school ground for children’s sports.

He promised to supervise the entire thing personally and see it completed by the end of this financial year.

The Chairman said, “I feel privileged to be at this function today and I wish all these wonderful children here at BALGRAN a bright and better future ahead. I hope the smart classes would keep them updated on the information and knowledge front while as the sports ground would help them build other capacities important for their personality development.”

“It is a small step towards creating a better and secure social milieu for all of our own children,” he added.

The Chairman further said, “Last year, we sent our CSR team for a survey of the region and identify areas for effective interventions under our CSR. This function today is a significant part of that thorough exercise undertaken by the team.”

Meanwhile, the residents of the area presented a demand for an ATM on the occasion, which was duly granted by the Chairman instantly.

“Your ATM is on the way”, he said with a smile.

Notably, the dormitory with an area of around 188 square feet would cost around Rs 22 Lacs and would provide ample space for the girls lodged in BALGRAN. Besides, the bank has taken several other initiatives under CSR in Jammu region with cost implication of more than Rs 60 lacs.

The initiatives include financial assistance to up-grade the basic infrastructure of J&K Samaj Kalyan Kendra-an orphanage that has adopted 100 children (orphan and differently-able) from different districts of Jammu region.

The bank is engaged with Kristu Jyoti-welfare Society in district Samba, which is working on a project to irrigate the surrounding land for organic farming, vegetation production and subsequently generating employability.

The Bank also upgraded infrastructure of Ranbir Higher Secondary School Jammu, which was established in 1872 and happens to be the oldest Higher Secondary School in State, by providing them furniture, computers and other necessary items. Besides, the Bank has parked a certain amount with Vridh Ashram- an NGO in Jammu which serves as a home for the poor, helpless, destitute, aged and infirm people of the society, for buying the food, clothing, other facilities and amenities for the deserving ones.

Meanwhile, with a view to improving public health delivery mechanism at Jammu Medical College & its Associated Hospitals the bank has approved 4 Eco ambulances, 4 portable X-Ray Machines, 50 (three seated) steel benches which will be provided shortly besides parking an amount of Rs 5 Lacs at its local business unit for poor patients.


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