Industry told to be Pro-active on CSR

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HYDERABAD: Commissioner of Industries Jayesh Ranjan on Friday said self regulation rather than government regulation was necessary for the industry to implement corporate social responsibility (CSR) rules.

Calling for an ombudsman like body to ensure compliance with the CSR requirements, he said accountability should always come from within. The senior official was addressing a conference on CSR organized by Confederation of Indian Industry and UNICEF here.

Protecting child rights necessary’

Envisaging a major role for CII towards the industry taking a pro-active approach on CSR, he said collective action, involving all stakeholders, would bring change in the society. Protecting child rights, he added, was necessary for overall development.

A press release said former Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights Shanta Sinha underscored that right to equality and social justice should be basic guiding principles in implementing CSR in the area of child rights.

Blue Cross chairperson Amala Akkineni said economic development and social development should complement each other.

Chief of Field Services, UNICEF India, Carrie Auer said there was a need to reduce infant mortality rate in rural Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Private sector, she said, should provide basic facilities such as toilets in schools.

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