GUWAHATI, Sept 25 - The contribution of the State Bank of India to CSR activities is the highest in the North East, said PVSLN Murty, Chief General Manager of SBI NE Circle. He was speaking as the chief guest at the SBI pensioners� meet and 21st annual general meeting of the State Bank of India Pensioners� Association (SBIPA), North Eastern Circle held in the conference hall of the SBI Local Head Office here today.
�In the financial year ending March 2016, SBI had spent Rs 8.25 crore for various CSR projects in the region,� Murty informed the audience, pointing out that this amount was higher than that spent by any of the total 14 circles in the country. Most of this CSR budget was earmarked for activities relating to empowerment of the girl child, health and sanitation, skill development training and education for the backward and deprived segments of society.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Shyamal Chakrabarty, general secretary of SBIPA mentioned the various social service initiatives taken up by the association.
Initiatives for training of candidates for interviews, providing fans to girls� schools and honouring teachers were taken up by SBIPA zonal/unit offices located in Silchar, Goalpara and Dhubri.
CGM Murty announced that the bank would also collaborate with SBIPA in implementation of projects aimed at the betterment of society.
PL Das, General Manager, SBI lauded the contribution of the seniors in establishing a solid foundation for the bank, for which SBI continues to be the number one bank of the country till date. Dilip Roy Choudhury, president of SBI Officers Association and Mukti Agarwalla, vice president of SBI Staff Association also addressed the gathering.
A minute�s silence was observed to pay homage to the members who had passed away during the preceding year. Twenty members who had attained the age of 75 were felicitated on the occasion. SK Debnath, vice president, SBIPA delivered the presidential address. The event was anchored by Nurul Laskar, executive member, SBIPA.