Environment should be the top priority of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities as ecology
is hampered most when businesses flourish, former Finance minister of Maharashtra, Sudhir
In an interview with crowdteck.com, Mungantiwar said water, forests, land and air are given to us by
nature and that they get polluted due to our mistakes which makes it imperative for us do what it
taken to reverse the harm caused.
“Also, we are proud citizens of this country and indebted to the society either directly or indirectly.
For example, we wear clothes when someone stitches them, someone produces the cotton that is
used to make clothes. Rice comes to our plate when someone spends hours in a muddy field. When
a farmer guards his land at night not fearing animals is when we are able to eat wheat. Therefore,
we have a responsibility towards society. While giving direct employment (through CSR) is not
possible, companies can work towards causes that people can earn their livelihood through
developing skill sets. When CSR is used in the agriculture sector, employment is generated,”
Mungantiwar, a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from Chandrapur district, said.
He further opined CSR is also very essential to provide healthcare in rural areas and that companies
should focus on utilizing their money to provide facilities in the healthcare sector where there are
“In far off places where children study, CSR should be used to help them get educated. For instance,
building of schools, providing technology, e-learning facilities, computer education,” the former
Hailing the Center’s decision of amending CSR norms to to include Research and development (R&D)
spending on new vaccine, drugs, medical devices related to COVID-19, Mungantiwar, quoting a
famous proverb said, “if there is life, there is the world. If a company has to spend Rs 500 crore on
vaccine research, they will be in fear that their money will go down the drain if their attempt fails.
However, if that money can be used for CSR, they will be motivated to spend their money which
will finally benefit the nation.”
By: Murtuza Merchant