Draft Document Should CSR be linked ONLY to the core business of the CPSE’s? Response- every CPSE has specific capacity/ focus area so it is better if CSR is related to the core competency but the focus should be beyond that and not only limited to core competency. Why activities related to staff benefits do not come under CSR? Response-CSR is beyond charitable and philanthropic activities carried out by CPSEs. The focus of CSR should be on outreach and community development. The benefits provided for employees cannot be included under CSR. CSR should be insulated from audit and central vigilance committee Response- If CSR is in adherence to DPE guidelines and meticulously documented, CPSEs should not hesitate from vigilance. Can CSR projects be identified by the CSR committee of the CPSEs? Response- CSR projects should be based on the outcome of the baseline studies carried out by external agency and not departmentally. Who will assess the expenditure on CSR projects undertaken by CPSEs? Response- Funding of the projects will be decided by the board and the CSR committee. NCSR Hub is a facilitator and can help CPSEs get in touch with implementing agencies which will help them in the finer details CPSEs face challenges while dealing with NGOs. Need is felt to sensitize the NGOs on the DPE guidelines by CPSEs Response- the need for sensitization of NGOs is recognized by the NCSR Hub and ongoing efforts are made. However, given the magnitude of number of NGOs in India it is not feasible to offer training to all . The Hub is therefore sensitizing the NGOs as and how they are empanelled with Hub. Promoting interaction within CPSEs and other stakeholders Response- The Hub is in process of creating space for Blog on the website which will enhance and promote interaction on wide range of issues concerning all stakeholders. This will be a platform for debate and discussion on CSR. Can activities undertaken by the CPSEs to cover the damage caused due to its operations be included under CSR Response- The approach towards CSR should be responsive, responsible and sustainable. The activities undertaken to cover up the damage can not be included under the purview of CSR. What is the need to have external agencies/NGOS to implement CSR activities when the CPSEs have the capacity and expertise to undertake it themselves? Response- Philanthropic or charitable activities can be undertaken by the CPSEs themselves. However, not all the CPSEs have the expertise or resources to undertake project based CSR activities especially when they are long term- medium term. Also, when the task force is assigning marks to the CPSEs they will see if it is in adherence with the DPE guidelines. What does contracted agency imply in the DPE guidelines? Response- In case of infrastructural setup undertaken by CPSEs it has to be handed over to a contractor which is done by a tendering process. Such agencies refer to those carrying out the civil work for implementation of projects.
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