Apraava Energy and CII Foundation Felicitate Women Leaders for Grassroots-Level Development in Assam

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Assam: Apraava Energy, India’s leading integrated energy solutions provider, partnered with CII Foundation, a leading non-profit fostering inclusive development pan India, honours 15 women changemakers from Assam. These women leaders have uplifted over 1000 women from disadvantaged communities in the State. Under the ‘Empowering Champions of Change’ initiative led by Apraava Smart Meter Private Limited, a subsidiary of Apraava Energy, these women were recognised for their contribution to bringing grassroots-level transformation to society.

The women leaders hail from eight districts of Assam, namely, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Dhubri, Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kokrajhar, and South Salmara Mankachar. Their area of work includes addressing issues of domestic violence, livelihoods, re-enrolment of school dropouts, adult literacy, and more. This group of women will now receive training to enhance their leadership skills and lead district-level community projects aimed at addressing socioeconomic inequalities. Together, they aspire to impact over 15,000 women from the marginalised communities of Assam, in the next year.

Commenting on the initiative, Rajiv Kumar, Senior Vice President – AMI, Apraava Energy, said, “The primary objective of this programme is to recognise and empower women leaders who, despite numerous challenges, remain unstoppable in their efforts to improve the lives of marginalised women in Assam. While we are actively promoting the adoption of sustainable energy solutions in the state through smart meters, our efforts are also focused on the holistic development of communities in the region. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) and CII for their support in this endeavour.”

Bijaya Boro, General Manager – Bongaigaon Sone (Kokrajhar EC, Barpeta EC and Bongaigaon EC), APDCL, along with Rubul Nath, CEO, Kokrajhar EC, and dignitaries from Apraava Energy, presented the laurels to the women leaders. While extending her congratulations on the programme, Bijaya, said, “This initiative serves as a powerful platform that will ignite women-led transformation in Assam. I commend Apraava Smart Meter Private Limited and CII for spearheading this much-needed endeavour, which will motivate and inspire women across the State. My best wishes to the 15 women champions as they continue to be catalysts of change for society.”

Apraava currently operates ~254 kms, Kohima Mariani Transmission Ltd. (KMTL) interstate transmission project in Assam. The company is also implementing Advanced Metering Infrastructure in the Bongaigaon EC and Kokrajhar EC that will enable the supply and monitoring of reliable energy to almost seven lakh customers of APDCL. Apraava’s smart meter project in Assam is India’s first to ‘Go-Live’ under Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) rolled out by the Central Government.

As part of its community investment initiatives, Apraava, in collaboration with The Akshaya Patra Foundation, has set up a centralised mid-day meal kitchen that serves nutritious meals to children daily in government schools in Jorhat, Assam.