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CSR is not a charity, but a duty & responsibility towards society

Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh said today that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not just about giving to charity, but a duty and responsibility to give back to society. He said this is based on the long-standing Indian tradition of helping others. Dr. Singh was speaking at an event in Thane, Maharashtra, about CSR, celebrating ten years since the CSR Act was put in place.

 

Dr Jitendra Singh said,  

“Social responsibility is part of our Sanskaar and ancient Indian tradition.”

He again said that helping society is a big part of Indian tradition. He mentioned that sometimes people just need a little push to do good. A good example he gave was when Prime Minister Modi asked people who could afford it to stop taking gas subsidies. This inspired 20 crore people to give up their subsidies, and the saved money helped poor people through the Ujjwala Yojana program.

 

Dr. Jitendra Singh mentioned that Swami Vivekananda inspired Jamshedji Tata to invest in healthcare and institutions like the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, the National Center for Performing Arts, and Tata Memorial Hospital. He emphasized that contributing to society isn’t just for the rich; every citizen should help improve society in whatever way they can.

 

Dr. Jitendra Singh talked about ‘Science Social Responsibility’, suggesting that science teachers and experts should use their knowledge for research and start their own businesses. He noted that India has a big budget for CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities and is growing fast economically. He hopes that CSR contributions will increase as the economy grows. He encouraged everyone to not only take part in CSR activities but also inspire others to contribute to society’s development, especially for India’s growth by 2047. He highlighted that since April 1, 2014, India is the first country to legally require companies to spend on CSR. India is known for having a detailed CSR system that helps in achieving sustainability goals and involving people in building the nation.

(Posted On: 13 JAN 2024 7:21PM by PIB Delhi)
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