North India Kaleidoscope Bureau
The Haryana Government plans to tap to the maximum Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds of corporate houses to serve the ends of social justice by “furthering the cause of several of its welfare schemes”.
To begin with, 21 top companies in private and public sector would be identified for this purpose. The responsibility of establishing liaison with them will be entrusted to 21 senior officers who would be provided institutional support by the Haryana Financial Corporation.
This was disclosed at a meeting held here on Friday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal to coordinate and liaise with various stakeholders for maximum mobilization of CSR funds for the benefit of general public.
The Chief Minister asked the officers to list department-wise works which could be undertaken with the help of CSR funds. The officers would also convene a meeting before January 31 with companies which are being identified. These companies would be requested to set priorities for spending their CSR funds.
The money could be utilized to fund various state government-run skill development programmes, Kanya Kosh Fund, Sweh Prerit Adarsh Gram Yojana, development of native villages and others activities. This should help tap lot of locked-up money and channelize it into development programmes of the state government. Apart from top companies, banks too would be requested to spend their CSR funds on various development activities in the state.
Those present at the meeting included Chief Secretary D.S. Dhesi, Principal Secretary to CM Rajesh Khullar, Chairman Hafed Harvinder Kalyan, MLAs Seema Trikha and Dr. Kamal Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary Finance P. Raghvendra Rao, Additional Chief Secretary Excise and Taxation Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary Dheera Khandelwal, Principal Secretary, Monitoring and Coordination T.C. Gupta, Principal Secretary, Town and Country Planning Arun Kumar Gupta, Principal Secretary, Irrigation Anurag Rastogi, Principal Secretary, Industries Sudhir Rajpal, and other senior officers.