· As run up to Vibrant Gujarat 2015 Summit, Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb) and Industries Commissionorate – Government of Gujarat, in close coordination with KPMG (Knowledge partner) and CII (National partner), organized an interactive Session on “Companies Act 2013- Changing landscape in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)” at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar.
· The event was inaugurated by Shri Saurabhbhai Patel, Hon’ble Minister for Energy and Petrochemicals, Government of Gujarat. Amongst the other dignitaries present on this occasion, were Shri Maheshwar Sahu, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Mines, Government of Gujarat, Shri P. K. Taneja, IAS, Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Health and Family Department, Government of Gujarat, Shri P. K. Parmar, IAS, Principal Secretary, Panchayats, Rural Housing and Rural Development Department, Government of Gujarat. Event saw participation from over 250 delegates, majorly the prominent NGOs, Senior Government officers, Legal advisors, Industry representatives and Head of GNLU, Gandhinagar.
In his inaugural speech, Shri Maheshwar Sahu stressed on ethical values related to CSR for inclusive growth. He added that the corporate sphere of Gujarat will leverage this opportunity to broaden their CSR landscape and will become a role model for entire nation.
In his key note address, Shri Saurabhbhai Patel, Hon’ble Minister for Energy and Petrochemicals Government of Gujarat mentioned, “Gujarat being one of the believers of the Inclusive Growth, has been carrying out many social welfare activities.” He also emphasized on necessity of contribution from companies in Gujarat to promote CSR activities. Manufacturing being one of the major contributors to GSDP, was sought to play a pivotal role in this.
· The event majorly comprised two panel discussions. The first session “Leveraging the CSR amendments in Companies Act 2013” involved interactions of eminent speakers from Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs; Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Gujarat; CFO from Zydus Cadilla; senior partner from a leading law firm Amarchand Mangaldas and Vice Chancellor from GNLU. This session was moderated by a senior partner from KPMG. The panel came out with the message “reach the unreached, serve the unnerved”. As indicated in the focus group discussion, currently about 16,000 companies across India qualify for CSR contribution under the provision of new Companies Act. Which would result in corporate India’s obligation, to the tune of 25,000 crores.
· The second session “New models for driving sustainable and inclusive CSR initiative in Gujarat” comprised of representatives from Adani Foundation, Ambuja, TERI, Yes Foundation and was moderated by a senior partner from KPMG. The panel concluded that networking, sharing knowledge and experience are essential for achieving inclusive growth in CSR. The panel was of the view that with these initiatives, corporate can brings professionalism, knowledge, expertise in the system which would ultimately fructify overall objectives in a right spirit set by Government of India.
· In his concluding remarks, Shri P. K. Parmar, IAS, Principal Secretary, Panchayats, Rural Housing and Rural Development Department, Government of Gujarat emphasized on the need to sensitized the industries in Gujarat towards corporate sector involvement in fostering philanthropy in the state.
· It was a loud appreciation amongst attendees that as Gujarat always been the role model for all the new initiatives, should also take lead in this initiative.
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