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Ru­ral de­vel­op­ment min­istry to hold 10 re­gional corp so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity meets

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: With Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment los­ing in­ter­est in PM Modi’s Adopt a Vil­lage scheme, the govern­ment is scout­ing for cor­po­rate fund­ing to en­er­gise the ini­tia­tive. The ru­ral de­vel­op­ment min­istry will hold 10 re­gional cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity con­claves, start­ing­with­Mum­bainextmonth, to make Modi’s ini­tia­tive a suc­cess.

The re­gional con­claves would help in con­nect­ing MPs and district ad­min­is­tra­tion with cor­po­rate play­ers will­ing to in­vest in vil­lages be­ing de­vel­oped as mod­els un­der the Sansad Adar s h Gr a m Yo­jana or Adopt a Vil­lage scheme. Theru­ralde­vel­op­ment min­istry has iden­ti­fied 340 projects across states in adopted vil­lages that need fund­ing.

The PM had launched the ini­tia­tive on Au­gust 15, 2014, ex­hort­ing MPs to adopt a vil­lage and con­vert it into a model vil­lage. The flag­ship schemeen­vis­aged­de­vel­op­ing2,200 vil­lages into model vil­lages in three phases till 2019. In the first phase, MPs adopted 695 vil­lages. The ini­tia­tive lost its sheen as MPs com­plained of short­age of funds. In the sec­ond phase, only 51 MPs adopted a vil­lage. The MPs had to adopt a vil­lage by Jan­uary 31 and only 43 LS MPs and eight Ra­jya Sabha MPs did so.

The ru­ral de­vel­op­ment min­istry has been closely study­ing the projects funded by CSR. A se­nior of­fi­cial told ET: “We know ev­ery CSR pro­posal re­quires an ap­proval by the com­pany’s board. It re­quires a proper pro­ce­dure, incl udi ng p re s e nt at i o n by a de­part­ment head. So we have now de­cided to put up the best pro­pos­als in CSR con­claves.” Fol­low­ing the con­clave in Mum­bai, the govern­ment would or­gan­ise sim­i­lar con­fer­ences in Luc­know, Gu­jarat, Chandi­garh and other re­gional cen­tres. A se­nior of­fi­cial told ET, “there are projects which re­quire fund­ing but they are not re­ally cov­ered un­der any govern­ment scheme. This is where cor­po­rate sec­tor can step in. So we have iden­ti­fied projects and de­vel­oped pro­pos­als for cor­po­rate play­ers.” Op­po­si­tion MPs have been crit­i­cis­ing the scheme say­ing there are no ear-marked funds un­der SAGY. Se­nior Congress leader Ahmed Pa­tel had re­cently asked the PM to dis­band the scheme.

Ru­ral de­vel­op­ment min­istry iden­ti­fies projects in adopted vil­lages that need fund­ing

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