Government to monitor CSR Fund and Projects

Government to monitor CSR Fund and Projects

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Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot intends to set up a mechanism to monitor spending of CSR Fund and Projects.

            His move comes in the wake of Lok Sabha passing the Companies Bill, 2011 under which it is mandatory for government and private companies to allocate 2% of their average profits accrued in the preceding three financial years on CSR programmes. According to estimates, the annual CSR funds corpus could be around Rs. 10,000 crore (around $2 billion) or more.

As per the ministry’ plan, there would also be a national-level CSR body to monitor the activities of the proposed financial entity. Its mandate will be to ensure that the funds earmarked for CSR projects are fully used up on the designated activities.

The proposed body would be independent of government intervention and run by corporates / industry bodies, with a wide representation to ensure its neutrality.

The proposed creation of an entity for monitoring CSR funds is to ensure that corporates don’t fail in timely execution of CSR projects.

The Financial entity would have legal status and won’t aim to make profits. It will need to maintain record books and financial statements and will have to furnish audited financial statements to the Registrar of Companies. Among others, there is also a proposal to allow the corporate sector to work with a corporate partner or a non-governmental organisation to execute their CSR initiatives with the approval of the national-level CSR body.

The move to float an entity to monitor use of CSR funds takes its cue from similar mechanisms in countries like France, Mauritius and Indonesia, among others.

RAYMOND synergizes Animal Husbandry

Raymond’s association with animal husbandry dates back to three decades when Raymond Limited established a sheep breeding farm at Dhule in Maharashtra for research in various aspects of sheep management and reproduction in 1970. Raymond was the first organization in India to introduce Embryo Transfer in Sheep (1977).

Chairman Emeritus, Raymond Limited, Dr. Vijaypat Singhania, is actively promoting cattle development, an issue close to his heart. He encouraged the development of and propagation of Embryo Transplantation Techniques for the up gradation and breeding of high milk-yielding cattle.

During 1983 a well-equipped ‘Raymond Embryo Research Centre’ (RERC) for cattle was set up at Gopalnagar near Bilaspur in Chattisgarh state. The laboratory continued the extensive research in Embryo Transfer in cattle. The significant achievements of Raymond in the field of embryo transfer have resulted into birth of thousands of Embryo transfer Lambs and hundreds of Embryo transfer Calves.

Besides, the centre has produced quality bulls by embryo transfer technology for semen production. The RERC was also successful in freezing and sexing the embryos and produced calves out of these frozen and sexed embryos. This centre has gained national and international recognition due to the pioneering and extensive work in the field of Embryo Transfer in cattle. It is the only Embryo Transfer laboratory in India which is accredited by The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Government of India.

J.K. Trust Gram Yojana (JKTGVY)

With the objective of transfer of the technical expertise gained over three decades to the grass-root level, J.K. Trust Gram Yojana (JKTGVY) was launched in 1997. The mission of JKTGVY is to significantly improve the quality of life in India’s rural areas through a “Cattle Breed Improvement Programme” (CBIP) that achieves the following goals:

Reducing Infant Mortality and Malnutrition: Surplus milk generated by high milk yielding cows helps to reduce infant mortality (especially caused in age group of less than 12 months) and reducing malnutrition among children.

Creating Employment: To provide employment opportunities for rural educated unemployed youth.

Alleviating Poverty: Increased milk production by the participating farmers effectively supplement their income by sale of surplus milk.

The main objective of this programme is to Upgrade/Crossbreed the local indigenous low milk-yielding cows and buffaloes by breeding them through Artificial Insemination (A.I.) with the use of high pedigree frozen semen of indigenous/ exotic breeds. The resulting upgraded/crossbred progeny with an improved genetic make-up will have better milk yielding capacity.

This is achieved through a special programme called “Cattle Breed Improvement Programme” using an innovative concept of “Integrated Livestock Development (ILD) Centre”

The programme operator, “Gopal”, who monitors each centre is an unemployed youth extensively trained for six months to carry out A. I. in cattle and buffaloes, by qualified Veterinarians at Raymond Embryo Research Centre, in Gopalnagar. The Gopal is provided with a motorcycle to perform A.I and provide other veterinary services like veterinary first aid, castration of scrub bulls, deworming and preventive vaccination against various diseases at the doorstep of the farmers. Activities of these programme operators are supervised and monitored by qualified veterinarians. One veterinarian monitors the work of 10 ILD Centres.

The Trust is currently operating a network of 723 Integrated Livestock Development (ILD) Centre in 33 Districts of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh. Through these centres, we are providing Veterinary services to about 7000 villages in these states.

On March 13th 2007, an agreement was signed at Gandhinagar between the Department of Animal Husbandry, Government of Gujarat and J.K. Trust Gram Vikas Yojana for establishment of 300 Integrated Livestock Development (ILD) centres in the districts – Surendranagar, Jamnagar and Dahod with a total project outlay of Rs. 18 crores over the period of 3 years. With the establishment of these 300 ILD centres in Gujarat, our services will reach to additional 3000 villages.

The Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India has sanctioned “Special Project under Swarnjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY) for setting up 120 Integrated Livestock Development Centres in 6 districts of Bihar namely Araria, Katihar, Kishanganj, Purnia, Saharsa and Supaul. The total project cost for a period of 5 years is Rs. 13.97 crores. With the establishment of these 120 ILD centres in Bihar, our services will reach to additional 1200 villages.

Raymond have initiated activities under Andhra Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Project (APRLP) in Anantpur and Kurnool districts by establishing 35 ILD centres in both these districts.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has also sanctioned a project for establishment of 500 Integrated Livestock development (ILD) centres in 8 districts of AP with a total project outlay of Rs. 35 crores over a period of 5 years. This is the biggest project sanctioned in a state at a time. With the establishment of these 500 ILD centres in Andhra Pradesh, their services will reach to additional 5000 villages.

Under the Innovative Swarnajayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY), 176 Integrated Livestock Development Centres have initiated their operations since November 2006 in 12 districts of Madhya Pradesh.

During the first week of November 2006, 32 Integrated Livestock Development Centres have become operational in Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh under Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana (RSVY).

Since their inception in 1997, the centers have produced over 2.28 lakh upgraded / crossbred cattle and buffalo calves and provided various other veterinary support services to more than 42.5 lakh cattle and buffaloes.

These ILD Centres have not only created conducive environment for dairy activity as a sustainable income generation activity but also have played a prominent role in elevating the socio economic status by improving the livelihoods of households in about 7000 villages.

The operational area of the Trust in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh was visited by a team of Senior Government officials from Planning Commission, Government of India, Indian Council of Agriculture Research and Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairy & Fisheries, Government of India, Delhi. The officials were impressed by the impact of the programme at grass root level. Based on the report of this team, Planning Commission sent written recommendations to all the state governments of the country to adopt the Trust’s Integrated Livestock Development Centre model for sustainable and replicable intervention.

Besides the Cattle Breed Improvement programme, the Trust is also participating in “Integrated Rural Development Programmes” namely Madhya Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Programme (MPRLP) in M.P., Andhra Pradesh Rural Livelihood Programme (APRLP) in A. P. which are funded by Department For International Development (DFID), UK. The Trust is also participating in Chhattisgarh District Poverty Reduction Programme (CGDPRP) in Chhattisgarh funded by World Bank.

DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES ranked among the Top 100 Think Tanks in the World

Headquartered in New Delhi, Development Alternatives (DA) is a pioneer in sustainable development and was one of the first social enterprises in the world. It has built up a global presence in economic development, social empowerment and environment management. DA fulfills its mission to end poverty and regenerate the resource base by creating economic opportunities for communities and local enterprises to generate sustainable livelihoods and basic needs products. It achieves this by innovating and delivering technology-based, market-oriented solutions through a group of not-for-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Development Alternatives (DA), the pioneer social enterprise focusing on sustainable development continues to feature amongst the top think tanks in the world. DA’s proven track record of creating livelihoods, empowering rural communities and regenerating environmental resources at scale has been recognized as a global thought leader in eight major categories.

Think Tanks: Think Tanks are knowledge-based, policy-oriented institutions which serve governments, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society. They generate policy-oriented research, analysis, and advice on domestic and international issues and engage policymakers on key policy issues. Think tanks serve as linkage between knowledge and policy communities and between policymakers and the public.

The annual listing results from a comprehensive study by the University of Pennsylvania are the output, impact and influence of more than 6,600 pre-eminent think tanks from every region of the world. It ranks think tanks through an intensive process of nominations, experts and peer institution feedback from 1,900 scholars, journalists and, policy makers spread over 120 countries.

Dr. Ashok Khosla, Chairman of Development Alternatives said “it is, of course, gratifying for an organization like ours to see its intellectual contributions noticed in the larger global arena. But let no one ever forget that it is the efforts we and our partners make in translating these into local action on the ground that will ultimately be what counts.”

DA was ranked 17th in the world under the category ‘Think Tanks’ with the Most Innovative Policy Ideas/Proposals and 57th under Think Tanks with Outstanding Policy-Oriented Research Programs.

Under Transparency and Good Governance Think Tanks was ranked 21st; under the world’s Top 70 Environment Think Tanks, it was ranked 42nd; and it was rated 45th under Think Tanks with the Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program.

DA’s overall ranking in the Top 150 Think Tanks – Worldwide (US and Non-US) was 141 and it was among the Top Think Tanks in Asia for 2012.

This year’s survey included some 269 think tanks based in India. DA’s overall leadership role, nationally and globally, results largely from its multi-sector, multi-disciplinary approach, spanning research and analysis, technology and institutional design, policy influence, and action on the ground to, empower communities, create livelihoods and revive the natural resource base.

The Think Tank rankings are based on several indicators of resource utilization, outputs and impact. They are widely used by international agencies, governments and corporations to identify sources of high quality independent advice or analytical services. The rankings were initiated in 2006, and DA has consistently featured amongst the highest ranked centers of excellence globally.

The Development Alternatives Group comprises the flagship entity Development Alternatives, a not-for-profit carrying out research and field activities and TARA (Technology and Action for Rural Advancement), which incubates and implements green businesses and technical support services through its subsidiaries, which include DESI Power, TARA Machines and TARA Enviro and TARAhaat, all of which are registered companies.

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