Haryana to set up CSR Advisory Board

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The Manohar Lal Khattar Government in Haryana will set up Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Advisory Board for guidance and review of the CSR activities in the state and to encourage collaboration between CSR stakeholders in businesses, government and civil society.

This would help create and improve the public infrastructure for the welfare of citizens, said an official spokesman.

He said that the Advisory Board would be headed by the Chief Minister whereas the Finance Minister, Industries Minister and Chief Secretary would be the members of the Board.

The other members of the Board would be Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Representative, CII, Haryana Chapter, Representative, PHDCII, Haryana Chapter, President, HCCI, Representative, Laghu Udyog Bharti, Managing Director, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., Chairman or Managing Director, Hero Honda Motors Ltd, Executive Director, Panipat Refinery, IOCL Ltd. and Chairman or Managing Director, ISGEC, Yamunanagar.

Administrative Secretary, Industries and Commerce would be the Member Secretary of the Advisory Board.

Notably, Haryana’s first ever Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit will be held in Gurugram on November 12. As many as 600 guests from the corporate world would be invited to take part in the Summit.

The spokesman said that Haryana CSR Advisory Board would be the Apex body for all matters relating to the Board. The Board would frame the regulations and procedures for conduct of its business and allocating functions to Haryana CSR Executive Committee.

It would create, sanction, abolish and re-designate the posts in Haryana CSR Executive Committee and monitor, supervise and review the functioning of the Committee. The Board would also ratify the annual budget, accounts and reports including audit reports of the Committee and adopt such procedure for transaction of its business, he said.

The spokesman also said that while reviewing the CSR activities undertaken in the state, Haryana CSR Advisory Board will provide necessary direction, guidance and advice to Haryana CSR Executive Committee for taking up of appropriate CSR Projects in the state.

The Haryana CSR Executive Committee would comprise of Chief Secretary as chairman and Administrative Secretary, Finance Department, Member from industry association- PHD and Member from industry association- CII as the Members. Similarly, Administrative Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department would be the Member-cum-CEO, and Director of Industries and Commerce would be the Member Secretary-cum-Additional CEO of the committee.

This committee would be responsible for policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation of the CSR activities under the Haryana CSR Advisory Board.

It would also provide secretarial support to the Board and create frame work to support and channelize the corporate efforts, prepare dedicated online portal for registration and to support end-to-end CSR activities as well as to facilitate and support CSR investments of companies and organiSations through indirect and direct interventions, the spokesman said.

The available funding would be used for the betterment of society through public welfare activities, he said.

He further said that the Haryana CSR Advisory Board would be located in Haryana Enterprise Promotion Centre (HEPC) Office at Panchkula and HEPC would provide secretarial support.

About two per cent of the CSR fund collected by the Haryana CSR Advisory Board will be utilized for the administrative expenses of the Haryana CSR Advisory Board.

The spokesman said that role of Haryana CSR Executive Committee would include drafting CSR Policy to create framework to support the corporate efforts and channelize their resources at the point of highest need and ensure proper utilization to create sustainable change in line with Government plans and laying down transparent and defined roadmap for Government support for CSR projects.

Similarly, the committee would work along with various departments to identify the key areas or sectors those can be offered for CSR, identify projects in focused sectors such as public health or hygiene, primary education, primary health and access to clean drinking water for allocation of funds from CSR fund and approve any CSR projects beyond Rs 10 crore investment.

He said that the projects with investment up to Rs 10 crore will be approved by the Administrative Secretary, Industries and Commerce department. All the Administrative powers in respect of the staff working in the Haryana CSR Advisory Board would vest in CEO-cum-Administrative Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department and these may be delegated to the appropriate Officer deputed in the Board, he added.

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