Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee who widely acclaimed as the Father of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India has join Naveen Jindal’s Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL) as an independent director.
Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, a former IAS officer, is a Post graduate in History, M.Phil, M.B.A., Ph.D. & LLB. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1975 and has held many distinguished positions including Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises; Principal Adviser, Planning Commission; Additional Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development.
As Principal Secretary, Steel and Mines, Govt. of Odisha, he was involved with all the mining operations and raw material procurement for the steel industry particularly iron ore. He was fully concerned with all the backward and forward linkages concerned with the steel industry and was part of the team that was consulted during the formulation of the Steel Policy.
Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee is widely acclaimed as the Father of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India. He was instrumental in framing and issuing the CSR guidelines for Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) in April, 2010. Thereafter, he played a major role in the inclusion of Section 135 in the Companies Act of 2013 and in the framing of the rules thereafter.
Having spent eight years in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, he acquired very rich experience in the education sector, right from primary education and
literacy to Higher and University Education.
On the recommendation of NRC, the Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Mr. Anil Wadhwa, Mrs. Shivani Wazir Pasrich and Ms. Kanika Agnihotri, as Additional Directors in the category of Independent Directors with effect from July 29, 2021 and Mr. Sunjay Kapur, as an Additional Director in the category of Independent Director with effect from August 10, 2021, respectively to hold the office up to the AGM of the Company. The Board recommends their appointment as Independent Directors, the company’s annual report revealed.
Health, Safety, CSR, Sustainability and Environment Committee
The Board of Directors of the Company in their meeting held on May 12, 2021, revised the terms of reference of Health, Safety, CSR and Environment Committee (“HSCE”), to look after the sustainability matters and changed the name of the HSCE Committee to Health, Safety, CSR, Sustainability and Environment Committee (“HSCSE”). The HSCSE Committee of the Board oversee the policies relating to Safety, Health, Sustainability and Environment and their implementation across the Company.
The HSCSE Committee was reconstituted and presently comprises of Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee as Chairman, Shivani Wazir Pasrich as member, V.R. Sharma as member and Dinesh Kumar Saraogi as member. The Company Secretary acts as the Secretary of the Committee During the Financial year 2020-21, the Committee met two times on May 23, 2020 and November 6, 2020.