J&K Bank has launched a major CSR initiative, ‘Koshish’ for meeting the health, educational and nutritional needs of underprivileged children in the state. In the first phase, a bank statement said, 40 villages in three districts – Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal would be covered under the programme covering 5100 household and 9224 children. Chairman of the bank Mushtaq Ahmad launched the program while another joint program of thebank and PNB Metlife was launched by the state finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather. ‘Koshish’ will focus on education and development of underprivileged children in the state and CRY will implement the programs, which will be identified by project partners Jammu & Kashmir Association of Social Worker (JKASW) and Koshish. JKASW works across 1823 households in the districts of Baramullah, Bandipora and Srinagar impacting 4,800 children. Koshish will work with 9200 children in 5100 households across 25 villages in the district of Budgam.