Akash Ambani, Director of Reliance Jio
India, has a per capita income of Rs 2.3 lakh as on March 31, 2017. The only exception in the top ten list is Korba district in Chhattisgarh, which has received Rs 273 crore of CSR funding during the same period. Korba district has been recently identified as a backward district by Niti Aayog under their ‘Aspirational Districts Programme’. The government think-tank has recently released a list of 101 backwards districts under the same programme. Barring few, these districts got the least attention from Indian corporates while allocating funds under CSR. In all, these 101 districts received only Rs 763 crore of CSR funding between 2014-15 and 2016-17, which is less than the CSR funding revived by the top two districts – Pune and Mumbai City district have together received. See the list of top ten districts below: District : Cr. Rupees Pune : 444 Mumbai City : 414 Bangalore Rural : 347 Ahmedabad : 357 Korba : 273 Chennai : 272 Kolkata : 252 Vellore : 219 Bangalore Urban : 191 CSR funds allocated (FY15 – FY17), Rs. crore Source: National CSR Ministry of Corporate Affairs Moreover, this amount is also spiked by three districts – Korba (Chhattisgarh), Singrauli (Madhya Pradesh) and Aurangabad (Bihar). These districts, despite falling under the backward-class, have received a substantial amount from the CSR Portal, spending by Indian corporates. Apart from these, the other backward districts in the list have either received negligible or no CSR spending. Around 44 districts on the list have never caught the attention of the corporates, when it comes to CSR spending. Jharkhand has 19 districts in the list of backward districts, but none of these districts have ever received any fund from Indian corporates under CSR. Similarly, Uttar Pradesh which has eight districts identified as backward, out of which six districts never got any share of the CSR funding allocated by the corporates. Bihar has 13 backward districts and except Aurangabad, which has received Rs 101 crore from CSR funding so far, rest others have received only Rs 20 crore so far from the CSR pool.