Expected to inspire others in creating a trend
M. P. Fulzele, former joint Director in Department of Public Enterprises and Senior Performance Officer (consultant) with Cabinet Secretariat sets an example for all other retired officers to work for the society. After years of professional practice, Fulzele didn’t enjoy his retirement by sitting idle; instead, he indulges himself in many developmental projects. Among them, Kandahar village project is the highlighted one. Today thousands of villagers of Khandara of Nagpur district were smiling because of M. P. Fulzele. His story is real inspiring.
The trend that is observed today about the retired public servants and even the public sector employees and even the public sector employees indicates a major change. The change is about for better standard of health in comparison to retiring executives decades back. This trend has resulted in the availability of a huge qualified and experienced manpower including NGO’s and ISR (Individual Social Responsibility).
Under ISR the retired executives can channelize their knowledge, expertise, and contacts in the right place to developmental challenges around them.
Shri M.P. Fulzele has created an example as an ideal retired civil servant who has channelized his expertise, knowledge and contacts for developmental challenge in his area. He has constructed a road which was long felt need in his native place by using his contacts, his knowledge, satisfying the needs of thousands of people. The key driver has been his passion for making change happen underground. His story is real inspiring.
The villagers of Khandara were facing many difficulties in commuting. The conditions gets worse in rainy seasons for all the villagers especially for the school kids when a flooded runnel would cut off the road link. Seeing the pitiable conditions of the villagers, M. P. Fulzele, former joint Director in Department of Public Enterprises and a consultant with Cabinet Secretariat, approached the local rural bodies as well as the district administration to construct a new road. To his surprise, he failed to convince the local bodies including the Zila Parishad and district collectors’ office.
Fulzele says “Although I retired from my job but I don’t think I will ever retire from social work”.
Fulzele knew that the new companies act has mandated both public and corporate sector to contribute money for social upliftment under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity. Thus he took with Mauda Super Thermal Power Plant, a giant Central Public Sector namely NTPC Ltd which is about 15 km from Khandara village. NTPC took up the matter and completed the construction of road and runnel within a record period of 45 days under NTPC’s CSR wing.
As per the latest new Companies Act, 2013, and having the knowledge of CSR, Fulzele followed this policy having great bearing in governance. Corporate Governance in recent decades has emerged as a hot topic for the growth of a nation. Only those countries having strong governance mechanisms and standards alone are capable of attracting capital, knowhow and talent to regulate and control their functioning effectively. Corporate Governance, in fact, is about working ethically and finding a balance between economic and social goals. It includes the ability to function profitably while obeying laws, rules and regulations. This approach suggests that in the era of globalization and desire for inclusive development, businesses are an integral part of society. They have to play a proactive role in upholding values of good governance, fostering social equity, sustaining healthy ecosystems networking within the framework of national aspirations, exhibiting socially responsible practices, and above all, shifting from private philanthropy to stakeholders interest. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is one of such tested instrument which facilitates in integrating social, environmental and ethical responsibilities in governance process for a long lasting profitability and sustainability.
CSR concentrates its attention for the welfare of disadvantaged, underprivileged and vulnerable sections of the universe. It vigorously pursues agenda of enhancing shareholders perceptions and lending moral support beyond corporate governance. CSR activities are primarily voluntary or optional and do not invite penalty in any form under the statute book. It is heartening that the latest New Companies Act 2013(section 135) for the first time in world history has mandated both public and corporate sector to rise to the occasion and contribute for social upliftment by earmarking a minimum percentage of profits for this purpose.
In spite of statutory mandate, corporates are not coming to the help of the vast majority of the population living in remote areas of the countryside. Same is the case of individuals, wealthy businessmen or retired functionaries from Governmental, public sector or private sector.
Now villagers and farmers of Khandara are happy with the development of road and runnel and so is the case of Children going to the nearby schools.
Fulzele says “Anybody can take such responsibilities to develop the nation in any area after retirement or during the service period if one has a will”.
After this initiative, Fulzele is passionate about more such work for development and upliftment of the social sector. His aim is to design a village as per the direction of New Government (Adarsh Gram Yojana). Fulzele has started a positive trend of retired civil servants using their resources and network to make a positive impact on the country.