– globalbihari bureau
New Delhi: Most of the employees that Prashant Kumar, who hails from Bihar, and his business partner Deepak Kumar, hire for their company are deliberately from socially and economically weaker sections of the society. “This really means a lot,” says Prashant, a New Delhi-based entrepreneur. Their company deals with cash handling products like note counting, note sorting and counterfeit notes detection machines and now also into note sanitizing machine. It has around 50 employees spread out in north India. These recruits are taken as raw talents and trained in house to optimise their operational efficiencies.
In the past globalbihari.com had profiled Sinha and his noble venture. We tracked him down again. He has once again lived up to his words during these difficult times too.
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In this gloom of COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown as a safety measure, so much of uncertainties are around and companies are laying off their staff. But Sinha and Kumar had different ideas. No one has been retrenched but this intervening period has been productively utilised by pushing the staff towards skill enhancements with various online courses, computer skills.
Sinha seems very clear as he says “hiring them is not a charity for them but a business decision”. His experience has thus far been good and he has realised that for his employees and their families it is more than just a job as unfortunately for long they were denied access and opportunities. “Our customers love them too and we really feel great and touched to see their progress.”
Today many of these employees have their own cars and houses. It has boosted their confidence and self esteem. Sinha doesn’t want to take much credit though: “This is just our a small effort, in the larger cause of our beloved nation that is India- achieving an inclusive growth and making it economically and socially strong”.
Today their company also provides training to poor students so that they learn and earn. Such steps are certainly fine examples of corporate social responsibility. Sinha believes these are the right things in order to lift people out of poverty and make India a just, peaceful, strong and prosperous nation. What more? Their company had actually been encouraging the ‘work from home’ concept since 2005 itself,which is now becoming a new normal!