Varanasi: As a part of its CSR initiative to protect national heritage, Sony India collaborated with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and National Culture Fund, Ministry of Culture in 2016 to restore and preserve this historical site.
Sony India has installed security cameras, renovated the Interpretation Centre and seating plazas. In addition to this, manpower support has been provided with a resident engineer for maintenance and management of security cameras and other housekeeping and security staff. Sony India has invested Rs. 3.2 crore towards this project including manpower support for a period of three years.
The restored site was inaugurated yesterday by Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of Culture in the presence of ASI and Sony India officials. Speaking on the occasion, the minister said, “We are happy that Sony India has come forward for this special cause of protecting India’ cultural heritage. This initiative will improve the current state of Sarnath site and will ensure better visitor facilities at the monument.”
Commenting on this development Sanjay Bhatnagar, National Head, HR and CSR, Admin & Facilities, Ethics and Compliance, Sony India, said, “As a socially responsible corporate, preserving and protecting the heritage of this country, which is our pride, is a priority for Sony India. It has been a pleasure working with our partners, the Archaeological Survey of India and the Ministry of Culture, who gave us the opportunity and enabled Sony India to elevate the cultural value of this significant site. Being a part of this initiative is a matter of pride for us and we intend to continue our efforts in this direction to protect India’s heritage.”