GUWAHATI, June 5 - Assam and the Northeast figure at the bottom of the list of the top corporate houses investing in the corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities throughout the country, despite a clear mandate for compulsory CSR activities. Different government and non-governmental data suggests that since 2015 till today, the share of NE states have been negligible as far as involvement of top corporates is concerned.
Strongly recommending more CSR activities in social sector in the region, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) today stated that the stake of NE in social sector CSR was merely .001 per cent as per a survey of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt of India.
Addressing a Regional Convention of the Northeastern States to focus on CSR participation for strengthening the child welfare and child education mechanism in the Northeast, Priyank Kanoongo, Member (Education) of the NCPCR, said that of Rs 11,000 crore spent on CSR in 2015 by top companies, the NE received a negligible share whereas Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, having manufacturing units of the corporate houses, had the highest CSR funding.
�Other studies by non-governmental bodies like NGO Box and Confederation of Indian Industries in 2015 and 2016 respectively also suggest that NE is lagging far behind in terms of fetching CSR,� he added.
The convention was organized to sensitize the corporate houses about the scope and necessity of more CSR funding in the field of child welfare in NE and to create a roadmap for the same with the help of government agencies as well as the NGOs.