During the year of 2009-10, Kuthethur-based Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) invested INR 12.70 crore on various corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. This was a quantum jump in the amount allocated for CSR considering that MRPL in 2008-09 spent INR 3.69 crore on such activities. In the present fiscal year, within the first six months MRPL spent INR 2 crore, with many CSR projects in the pipeline.
It was reported by Lekshmi M Kumaran, Deputy General Manager (Corporate communications and CSR), MRPL that the objective of casting various CSR projects undertaken by the company, a subsidiary of ONGC is education and creation of basic infrastructure for the rehabilitation of project displaced families. She added that the relevance and adequacy of projects suggested to the CSR department is evaluated before taking the project forward. The company also responds to requests for aid routed through the district administration, she said, adding MRPL has also responded with contribution in cash and kind whenever the state has faced major natural calamities.