Future CSR to be more society inclusive in Chhattisgarh: CG CSR Leadership Summit

RAIPUR: First of its kind one of the largest gathering of more than 300 Corporate and CSR leaders, corporate affairs professionals, NGO leaders, and consultants at Chhattisgarh CSR Leadership Summit and awards organized took place today at Hotel Babylon International. The Summit was hosted by India CSR Network, the largest CSR network.

Shri Brijmohan Agrawal, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Govt. of Chhattisgarh graced the Summit and inspired the gathering on the theme CSR Vision for Chhattisgarh.

Hon’ble minister said that Corporate should invest more and more in integrated or model village development under their Corporate Social Responsibility fund. CSR must be visible and make immense impact on rural people. He said that corporate should think of effective utilization of CSR and most of CSR program must be ran for rural upliftment.

Shri Agrawal said “Chhattisgarh is a mission driven state and has complete focus on policies which can be beneficial for the people of state. Shaping CSR policies further is need of hour so that more and more people can avail the benefit from it.” He appreciate the conference because it was organized in such are large manner and could attract many big ngo and CSR professionals and organized working in different district of the state. He appreciated the efforts of India CSR for providing a networking platform for CSR leaders.

Special Guest of the forum Chhagan Lal Mundra, Hon’ble Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC) while addressing the gathering said that Chhattisgarh must have a corpus of CSR fund and it must be used for socio-economic development of people of Chhattisgarh. He also suggested urged Hon’ble Chief Minister of  Chhattisgarh Govt that our state should have a CSR Council for better utilization of CSR.

Rusen Kumar , Founder & Editor of Indian CSR Network and Summit Chairman said, “The purpose of CSR Leadership Summit  and Awards was to raise awareness about the emerging trends of corporate social responsibility and help to understand how this can be implemented as tool of socio economic development of state. We have been working collaboratively with different NGO leaders and CSR heads so that no individual who needs help is left out.The overwhelming response and suggestion will help us to assist in making more social inclusive policies about CSR which can be beneficial in future. We need a better CSR and NGO ecosystem in Chhattisgarh. Same time participation and role of civil society organization must be encouraged.”

Special Guest N P Mohapatra, Chief General Manager of NABARD, Chhattisgarh Regional Office gave inspiring speech and provided detailed overview on contribution of NABARD in socio-economic development of Chhattisgarh.

Special Guest Amarnath Sengupta, CEO of Glaze Trading India Pvt Ltd, New Delhi said that Glaze and Galway Foundation has established 4 Mini Science Centers in 4 schools of Chhattisgarh. “We are very positive towards contribution on education. We are committed to have more social work in Chhattisgarh.”

The forum witnessed political leaders, esteemed Corporate Leaders and though leaders who contributed towards the ever growing knowledge on CSR, knowledge and experience on best practices. They discussed collaborative projects between government, organizations and other stakeholders. Expertise and knowledge expressed by the social and business leaders through their speeches, presentations / and case studies highlighted thought provoking and facilitated knowledge transfer across the gathering.

Other eminent Guests and Speakers at the Summit: Meher Gadekar, Director, Social Audit Unit, Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Raipur; Sarva Mitra Sharma, Advisor, Dainik Jagran Group, Chairman, Jagran Pehel; Prof. V. Nagdas, Head of the Graphics Department, Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh; Dr. Rishi Tiwari, CEO, BIMTECH Foundation; Kaushik Sinha, VP & Head of CSR, Magma Fincorp; Rochak Bharadwaj, Area Program Manager, Ambuja Cement Foundation, East; Rushin Patel, Award wining development CSR professional; Arun Nathan, Director at IDFC Foundation; Subhankar Biswas, State Head (Chhattisgarh) at HelpAge India; Prof. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Singh of OP Jindal University; Chet Jain, Founder at Crowdera; Vidya Rajput, Member of Third Gender Welfare Board, Govt. of Chhattisgarh; Kunal Bhaskar, Manager – Corporate and Strategic Partnership at STEM Learning Pvt. Ltd.; Nivedita Vermani, Sr. Manager, Sustainability & Responsibility at Pernod Ricard India (P) Ltd.

Chhattisgarh CSR Awards: Following organization were honoured for their outstanding CSR contribution in the state. Jindal Steel & Power Limited, Chhattisgarh; JSPL Foundation – JPL Tamnar, Ambuja Cement Foundation – Livelihood Creation Skill Development, Galway Foundation – 4 Mini Science Centers in Chhattisgarh, GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Ltd. – Innovative Project in Education, Pernod Ricard India Charitable Foundation – Water Body Recharging in Rajnandgaon District, Jayaswal Neco Industries Limited – Skill Development,

NGO Awards: Shikhar Yuva Manch, Mitaan Sewa Samiti, Surakshit Bhava Foundation; Aroh Foundation, Lokesh Kavadya- Executive Officer, Samata Mahila Mandal “samman”.

Some Participating Organizations: Government of Chhattisgarh, NABARD, Kartvya Club, IIM Raipur, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd, Jindal Power Limited, Next Education India Pvt Ltd, Aditya Birla Group, ACC Cement, CSR India Corporate Social Services, Ambuja Cement Foundation, Cogfree, Avantha Power, Emami Cement, GMR Group, Sharda Energy, PHD Chamber, AROH Foundation, Pernod Ricard India (P) Ltd, Diageo India, IDFC Foundation, Humana People to People India, Samagra – Empowering Transformations, Ramdas Dropadi Foundation, PM Shah Foundation.