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CSR: Companies spend Rs 47.19 bn in first eight months of this fiscal

Out of that amount, Rs 33.93 billion was spent by private sector companies while Rs 1,325.83 crore came from public sector undertakings

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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shelled out Rs 47.19 billion towards activities in the first eight months of the current fiscal, with private sector entities accounting for major chunk of the expenditure, according to the government.

Under the Act, 2013, certain class of profitable entities are required to spend at least two per cent of their three-year average annual net profit towards activities.

Based on filings made by in the MCA21 registry, the total spending stood at Rs 47.19 billion till November 30 of current financial year, according to a written reply given in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Corporate Affairs P P Chaudhary.

Out of that amount, Rs 33.93 billion was spent by private sector companies while Rs 1,325.83 crore came from public sector undertakings.

In 2015-16, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) expenditure was Rs 138.27 billion, higher than Rs 95.64 billion recorded in 2014-15.

Responding to a query, the minister said the board of the company is empowered to select programmes, projects, activities to be undertaken under CSR.

"Ministry of Corporate Affairs has no role to play in this regard," he added.

The CSR norms came into force from April 1, 2014.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 16:50 IST
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