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BEYOND BUSINESS

CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP/CIVIC AFFAIRS

In their various capacities, the textile mill owners of Ahmedabad have been pivotal in the building and governing of their city. The city’s major institutions have been founded and nurtured by the members of the textile community, in their individual and collective capacities.

In 1883 Ranchhodlal Chhotalal was appointed by the British Government as the first non-official Chairman of the Managing Committee of the Municipal Commission. In 1885 he became the President of the Municipal Commission. He is remembered for his dogged pursuit of civic improvements, including the installation of underground water supply and drainage, despite tremendous resistance from his colleagues and fellow citizens. Post-Independence, Ahmedabad’s first Mayor was Chinubhai Chimanbhai, known for his energetic endeavours towards modernising Ahmedabad, and making it into an important cultural centre. It was Chinubhai who invited Le Corbusier to the city and commissioned him to design Sanskar Kendra, the Municipal Museum.

Presently, a question facing ATMA is how to make our society a truly “civil society”. Having been an important actor in the making of Ahmedabad, ATMA believes it should provide a forum to assess and address the current status of civic affairs. Lectures, workshops and public interactions on this all-important subject are being contemplated for the near future.

INSTITUTION BUILDING


In the area of institution building, Ahmedabad owes much to the conviction and efforts of Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Vikram Sarabhai. Kasturbhai was the driving force behind the colleges run by the Ahmedabad Education Society (AES) and the Gujarat Law Society (GLS). The colleges promoted by AES runs into a very long list, of which some of the well known ones are the L. D. Arts College, L. D. Engineering College, H. L. College of Commerce, M. G. Science Institute, L. M. Pharmacy College, A. G. Teacher’s College, Secondary School and Primary School, and the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT). Two other premier institutions, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) were set up in Ahmedabad through the joint efforts of Kasturbhai and Vikrambhai. In the co-founding and designing of the National Institute of Design, Gautam Sarabhai and Giraben Sarabhai played pivotal roles.

Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association (ATIRA)

ATIRA is the best example of collective action through the Association. ATIRA was registered in December 1947, with 71 members of AMOA contributing Rs 52 lakhs for its establishment. The government, besides granting Rs 19 lakhs, promised to bear up to Rs 1.5 lakhs of recurring expenditure for the first five years. Kasturbhai and Vikrambhai were members of a committee appointed by AMOA to draft ATIRA’s constitution. Even today, ATMA is an ex-officio member on its governing council.

ATMA was also pivotal in establishing the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Textile Training Centre in Ahmedabad. ATMA not only donated a large sum towards the institution’s land and building, but also nominates a member on its Board of Governors.

SOCIAL CAUSES


Serving people, particularly the lesser fortunate, has been a dominant value in the Indian society, which in turn has influenced the philosophy of Ahmedabad’s textile families. They have been widely acknowledged for their role in restoring to modern enterprise, the Indian tradition of capital wedded to social good. ATMA has been making regular contributions in two major areas, viz. (1) Relief at the time of natural calamity and (2) Social Welfare and Educational Purpose

Relief at the time of Natural Calamity: In 1958, ATMA donated 67,000 yards of cloth to the flood-stricken people of Sri Lanka. It also assisted in relief work during the Morbi floods of 197-. In 1972, ATMA, along with the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and other leading trade organisations of the state, formed the Gujarat Sankat Nivaran Samiti, an NGO that works specifically towards relief and disaster management. During the 1972-73 drought in Gujarat, the Samiti purchased 7,500 tons of maize for Rs 78 lakhs, besides 500 tons of bajra to be distributed to the drought-hit areas at cheap rates. ATMA makes yearly donations of cloth to several institutions serving the poor and the destitute. ATMA also makes cash donations to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, from time to time.

Social Welfare and Educational Purpose: ATMA has made regular cash donations to the Red Cross and Blind Men’s Association, National Society for Equal Opportunities for the Handicapped and a yearly donation to the Family Planning Association of India. It has contributed to the Labour Welfare Trust (for riot-affected mill workers), besides promoting the Tilak Swaraj Fund and the Ahmedabad Workers’ Education Fund. ATMA made a generous donation for land purchase (Rs 450,000 in 1980-81) for the Textile Training Centre, Ahmedabad, as well as a contribution of Rs 470,000 in 1978-79 to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Smarak Society. It also contributed Rs 10,000 in 1975 towards a Reading Room at Gujarat University, and in 1997, made a donation of Rs 80,000 to the Ahmedabad Management Association.

IN THE LAST FORTY YEARS, ATMA HAS MADE DONATIONS AMOUNTING TO TWENTY MILLION RUPEES.

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