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Industries should spend funds on CSR activities to help build a better Asia, says MoS Thakur

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NEW DELHI: The industry should not shy away from spending the CSR fund as it would certainly help make India a better place for current and future generations, Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) of State for Financial and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur said on Monday. He or she also said that the government can make several changes in the Corporate Public Responsibility (CSR) law to de-criminalise certain provisions.

Without taking name, Thakur declared that a multi-national company which often had not spent close to Rs 500 crore within the last few two years as part of its CSR activities was issued observe earlier after which it was “happy” to spend that money at that time.

But now as soon as the government has de-criminalised a number of provisions, it is “running aside again from spending that will money”.

“On one hand, all of us help the corporate so that they don’t require to go through this suffering of criminal sections, nevertheless on the other hand.. when the companies are making millions, but not only millions but billions outside of India…why they do not desire to spend that money on the Indians,” he said in a Ficci webinar on CSR.

“So that is why at times the us government is forced to pull in such kind of sections in the CSR. So my ask to all of you is definitely that it is the responsibility towards our nation, towards our general public, and I am sure all of you, with contributed immensely, will add more and bring more persons out of poverty and make Asia a better place intended for present and future many years,” he added.

The minister also requested the market to create more understanding to contain pollution connected with rivers and also help the us government within its fight against coronavirus.

On rising pollutant levels in rivers like Yamuna and even Ganga post lockdowns, this minister said that lesser carbon dioxide in rivers in the last 2 months showed that it is the industry that was the main source of pollution.

He said it is a indicator from the nature so the emphasis should not be only on making profits but also on adding to in a different method.

“Start affluent treatment crops, do not throw waste in the rivers or fields. This really is putting more burden on hospitals….it is not good for Asia,” Thakur added.

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