Companies shelled out Rs 47.19 billion towards CSR 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.
Based on filings made by companies in the MCA21 registry, the total CSR 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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