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    CSR Not Charity But A Duty and Responsibility, Says Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh

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    CSR Not Charity But A Duty and Responsibility, Says Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh

    India, having the most elaborated CSR mechanism, has set a benchmark in attaining sustainability goals and stakeholder activism in nation building.

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not a charity, but a duty and a responsibility towards society inspired by the highest values of seeking to return to society a part of what we have received in whatever capacity and to whatever extent we can, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science and Technology, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said on Saturday.

    Dr Jitendra Singh was addressing the gathering as Chief Guest at the Inaugural session of CSR Dialogue organized by Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP), at Thane, Maharashtra, to mark a decade of the implementation of CSR Act.

    Dr Jitendra Singh said social responsibility has been part of India’s sanskaar and ancient Indian tradition. The spirit of contributing towards the welfare of society is inherent to every Indian individual, but sometimes it needs an inspiration, provided an outlet and lead to direction.

    Dr Jitendra Singh said the best example of social responsibility is the appeal given by Prime Minister Modi to the well off citizens who could afford gas connection, to voluntarily surrender their subsidy to the benefit of the deserving and the poor. PM Modi’s call had an inspiring effect and in a short time span, 20 crore people gave up subsidies which were used for supporting the beneficiaries of the Ujjwala Yojana, he said.

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    CSR contribution will increase

    Similarly, Swami Vivekananda had inspired Jamshedji Tata to spend on healthcare when he established pioneering institutions like the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), the National Center for Performing Art (NCPA) and the Tata Memorial Hospital, Dr Jitendra Singh said. Considering that contribution to society is not limited to the rich and the affluent, Dr Jitendra Singh said it is the duty of every citizen to work for uplift of society through whatever means he can.

    Referring to Science Social Responsibility, Dr Jitendra Singh said teachers and experts of science can utilize their experience to become researchers and set up Startups. Pointing out that India has a budget outlay of Rs. 25,000 crore under CSR Act, Dr Jitendra Singh said India has jumped from being the tenth largest economy to aspiring to become the largest economy in the world by 2030. In such a situation it is expected that CSR contribution will also increase manifold.

    “Let each one of us make every effort, not only should we contribute to CSR activity, but also inspire others. We should seek ways to contribute to society in different areas and create infrastructure and institutions for the Viksit Bharat @2047, ” he said.

    On April 1, 2014, India became the first country in the world to legally mandate corporate social responsibility. The rules in Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013 make it mandatory for companies of a certain turnover and profitability to spend 2 per cent of their average net profit for the past three years on corporate social responsibility activities.

    India, having the most elaborated CSR mechanism, has set a benchmark in attaining sustainability goals and stakeholder activism in nation building.

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