SPI Partners with 3 NGOs to Provide Relief to Mini Grid Customers amidst Pandemic

Smart Power India (SPI), a subsidiary of the Rockefeller Foundation, has partnered with GiveIndia Foundation, Swasth Foundation, Eka Care to provide Covid relief, in the rural community, primarily to their mini-grid customers and ESCO employees.

June 01, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Smart Power India (SPI), a subsidiary of the Rockefeller Foundation, has partnered with GiveIndia Foundation, Swasth Foundation, Eka Care to provide Covid relief, in the rural community, primarily to their mini-grid customers and ESCO employees.

The services include - meeting oxygen supply via oxygen cylinders and concentrators for the Covid patients; Facilitating in-person and telemedicine consultations for those with chronic conditions; and Procuring and distributing PPE to health professionals and essential workers and others.

The mini grid villages in India have observed an intense health crisis this year, as compared to last year.

As per the recent surveys conducted by SPI across mini-grid villages, 77 per cent participants expressed Covid care facilities are inaccessible in case of emergency.

Last year the main concern for rural households was livelihood. This year it is about access to healthcare. Lack of awareness and Covid appropriate behaviour still exists in the rural community with half the participants surveyed believing that their communities aren't taking preventive measures like masking and sanitizing, added the survey report.

Commenting on the partnership, Jaideep Mukherji, CEO, Smart Power India, said, “Last year we focussed on providing livelihood support to the rural community. This year, we see an urgent need to address the issue of lack of access to quality medical services. Health and safety of our mini grid customers and ESCO employees are some of our immediate priorities. These partnerships aim to support our ailing health infrastructure.”

Besides, SPI had also launched a Customer Voucher Scheme (CVS) for mini-grid customers lasy year. It aimed to benefit over 125,000 lives in 200 mini-grid villages in the wake of the pandemic.

CVS enabled the mini-grid customers to redeem the vouchers against their monthly electricity bill issued by Mini-Grid Operators (MGO) for a period of 3 months. 

This year, SPI is in the process of planning such health related incentives to ease the health care burden in the catchment areas.

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