By Accommodation Times News Service
Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal urged the industrial and corporate houses in the State to enhance their CSR contribution from 2% to 5% of their profits and partner the State government in the speedy execution of various CSR projects in the state. At present, the annual contribution under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the State is 350 crore and a target has been fixed to increase it to Rs 1000 crore, he added.
Lal was addressing the representatives of leading industrial and corporate houses at the Haryana CSR Summit-2018 on Monday. Education Minister, Ram Bilas Sharma, Public Works (Building and Roads) Minister Rao Narbir Singh and Industries Minister Vipul Goel were also present on this occasion.
Responding to the call made by the Chief Minister, various leading companies committed the contribution of over Rs 177 crore under the CSR in the State in the key areas of sanitation, rural development, education, skill development, environment, health and women empowerment.
He also suggested carrying out special or internal audits by the companies to keep a check on discretion and ensure that the funds allocated for the CSR projects are fully utilized. Now the state government has made a structured system through which they could choose the projects from the online portal of Haryana CSR and contribute accordingly, he added.
Lal said that through the State Government make adequate provision of the budget for various development works yet there are several projects which could also be completed with the help of CSR. He said that rejuvenation of 15,000 ponds, cremation grounds, pavement of village streets, environment conservation and beautification of rural and urban areas are among the key areas where the corporate sector could contribute.
A number of Rs 3000 crore is likely to be incurred on the rejuvenation of these ponds. Similarly, for providing facilities in cremation grounds including the boundary wall , passage shed and water would also cost Rs 3000 crore. He said that after the pavement of consolidated path in villages of over five karam, now the State Government has decided to make the pavement of three karam and four karam paths. Besides, he also asked the corporate to take up selected areas in rural and urban areas for beautification and also contribute in environment conservation.
The state government has recently launched a campaign in the State under which 25 lakh saplings were planted by the school students. Besides plantation, the students would also ensure their upkeep for three years. An amount of Rs 75 crore would be spent on the plantation annually, he added.