RANCHI: Chief minister Raghubar Das said on Friday skill development, sanitation, healthcare and education would be his government’s priority areas of development.
Das, who chaired the first meeting of the governing body of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) council, said, “It is not that the companies do not spend from CSR fund but nothing is visible on ground because the effort and spending are scattered.”
According to rough estimates, private and public sector companies operating in Jharkhand are likely to contribute collectively Rs 400 crore towards the annual CSR fund.
Stressing on campaigns taken up by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, Das said the Swachh Bharat Mission requires construction of toilets and proper sanitation whereas Make in India needs skilled labour.
“The state acting as facilitating agency for the corporate houses can effectively make time bound plans and realize the dreams “he said.
The CSR council notified on March 31 this year will have four arms — the governing council at the state level, CSR secretariat for planning, monitoring and implementation of CSR activities taken up by corporates, the executive committee and district CSR committees at the district level for on ground implementation. State chapter of UNICEF will extend technical support to the CSR secretariat.
The governing council directed the members (read company representatives) to draw and exhaustive plan for the project that they chose from the list of priorities suggested by the chief minister.
“We are planning to start highway patrolling and the corporates can plan joining hands with the state government in running that scheme” Das suggested.
Addressing the meet, chief secretary Rajiv Gauba spoke about government’s commitment for preparing a conducive environment for business and trade activities including robust industrialization.
“CSR council and its fund could be considered as one of the tools for achieving ease of business because once the spending by companies start raising living standard of commoners, no villager would be antagonistic to the industrial projects,” he said.
The meeting was attended by representatives from Tata Steel, Jindal Steel works, Electrosteel private limited, Usha Martin, CCL, BCCL, NTPC, SAIL and others.
(The report first appeared with Times of India)