In another step towards bridging the gaps in
priority sectors of development, Odisha government has initiated proposal for
institutionalization of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds and
projects of the corporate houses operating in the State.
The proposal was
discussed in a high level meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief
Secretary Mr. Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat conference hall on 5 March ’17
wherein Principal Secretary Industry Mr. Sanjeeb Chopra outlined various facets
of the proposal for discussion. Considering the proposal, Chief Secretary Mr.
Padhi directed the department to prepare a detail data base of the industries
and corporate houses operating in the State who come under the orbit of CSR
regulations and identify the areas of converged action. Development
Commissioner Sri R.Balakrishnan advised the department to look in to various
models and practices followed in different parts of the country and suggest the
model most suitable for Odisha.
proposal, Principal Secretary Mr. Chopra said, “as per preliminary calculation
there are near about 287 corporate houses who are taking up some or other CSR
activity through their own agencies’. Available data show, in the year
2014-15 a total of around Rs 344 cr has been allocated by all these corporate
houses towards CSR activities. Out of this, around Rs.96 cr has been spent in
infrastructure development, Rs.71 has been utilized in educational development,
around Rs. 51 cr has been invested in health sector, Rs.41 cr has been spent
for environmental protection, Rs.29 cr provided for core livelihood support,
Rs.12 cr invested in vocational training and Rs.44 cr has been spent in other
CSR activities. The fund allocation and spending pattern show substantial
disparity among the districts in getting CSR projects. Around 10 districts have
recerived 90% of the CSR resources while some districts have been left out.
Many of the CSR projects also fail to have any countable contribution towards
priority sectors of the State’s development agenda.
Commissioner Mr. Balakrishnan along with other members present in the
meeting emphasized that formation of a CSR council would help in effective
planning and implementation of CSR interventions. It would also facilitate the
CSR activities and spending by the companies and help them report on
developmental outcomes and impact of their projects. This would make the entire
gamut of CSR operations more open, transparent and target oriented. The
meeting also deliberated over the objectives and modus-opreandi of the proposed
Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Dr Mona Sharma, Principal Secretary
Rural Development Mr. Madhusudan Padhi, Sepcial Secretary Finance Mr. Ashok
Kumar Meena, Panchayati Raj Secretary Mr. Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh along with
other senior officers from departments of Industry, Planning & Convergence,
Finance and IPICOL participated in deliberations.