Centre Clears CSR Plea

Ministry of Corporate Affairs have given official confirmation to the SRC that all contributions to Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) by the Corporates as CSR activity.

Injeti Srinivas, Secretary Corporate Affairs has informed the State Government in this regard.
Mr.Srinivas, an Odisha Cadre IAS took lot of interest in getting clearance of the Union Government after the Odisha Government approached Union Government in this regard.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 6 May, when he visited the FANI ravaged State to review the situation.
Rule 4b of companies (CSR policy) Rules, 2014 provides that the Board of company may undertake CSR activities through a registered society established by the central government or state government or any entity established under an Act of Parliament of a State Legislature.
Since, OSDMA is a Government of Odisha promoted society registered under Socities Registration Act, 1860.
It is an eligible entity to receive CSR funds for undertaking any activity covered under schedule VII of the companies act, 2013, which includes relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction activities as part of disaster management in terms of liberal interpretation.
Accordingly, as per the extant rules, OSDMA is eligible to receive CSR contribution and undertake CSR activities as an implementing agency.

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