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Environment and climate change – why Indians don’t care and why they should Environment and climate change – why Indians don’t care and why they should
Environment is seen as a hurdle even when, as per estimates by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the rejection rate due to environment clearances and forest clearances is 1 per cent and 3 per cent, respectively. Even a neo-liberal institution like the World Bank has advised India...
CSR in healthcare: A few free heart surgeries and some mobile clinics. What else? CSR in healthcare: A few free heart surgeries and some mobile clinics. What else?
...there’s the conspicuous absence of preventive healthcare in their CSR policies and initiatives. The government had already included ‘promoting healthcare, including preventive healthcare’ in its list, so the questions remains as to why these healthcare companies have neglected this critical area.
Financial inclusion: Of opt-out options, RBI diktats, and banks' own foot-dragging Financial inclusion: Of opt-out options, RBI diktats, and banks' own foot-dragging
...all of this despite the RBI’s requirement that all banks open 25 per cent of their new branches in unbanked rural areas—and despite the age-old priority-sector lending norms. With financial inclusion being a mandate, we take a look at some of their work in this key area.
Where Is This Useless, Meandering Talk on Sustainability Taking Us? Where Is This Useless, Meandering Talk on Sustainability Taking Us?
I am making this attempt despite the [not fully articulated] belief that since nobody can sustain life – cannot live forever, then why all this hue and cry about sustainable living. Is it an effort to live longer, to add a few more years in our planet’s life cycle, or is it just an effort to make our own life a bit more easy and comfortable?
Things NGOs do for the sake of religion, in the name of religion Things NGOs do for the sake of religion, in the name of religion
To be sure, there are many who are mighty suspicious or plain contemptuous of these NGOs. The fear is that they are fronts for continuing Western imperialism (especially when it comes to Christian organisations) and/or religious conversion. Not all such concerns are valid, of course, but...
CSR and Sustainability in India: Conversations, interactions, ideas, points of view, and challenges from Silver Circle Meet, Mumbai CSR and Sustainability in India: Conversations, interactions, ideas, points of view, and challenges from Silver Circle Meet, Mumbai
So we meet again. There are informal introductions, conversations over almost everything, and good old repartees, with in-between tea and lunch breaks to discuss what we all do and what we can and may do, together as well as in our individual capacities...
Interlinking of rivers, or the fallacy of development agendas Interlinking of rivers, or the fallacy of development agendas
Take a cursory look at the numbers: 3,000 storage structures, a canal network stretching almost 15,000 km and transferring 174 billion litres of water a year, 34 GW of hydroelectric power generated, 87 million acres of land irrigated, and over 500,000 people facing displacement. No surprises for guessing that most of those people will be the already poo
Delhi–Mumbai Industrial Corridor: Development Dilemmas Delhi–Mumbai Industrial Corridor: Development Dilemmas
Now, if the pundits at the current government’s flagship programme Make in India are to be believed, five mega industrial corridors covering half of India will be the panacea for some of our nation’s ailments.
The Disunited State of CSR in India The Disunited State of CSR in India
Even before the CSR mandate came into effect, plenty of critics pointed out the potential pitfalls as well as the lack of clarity in the drafting of this law. For example, the mechanism for enforcing this law is quite vague and not spelled out clearly. Companies can even sidestep this requirement by providing ‘valid’ explanations.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the idea of sanitation Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the idea of sanitation
Okay, the government has promised a Clean India by 2019. And it has asked corporate groups to pitch in. It’s not a random mandate, by the way. Contributing to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan qualifies as legitimate corporate social responsibility (CSR) spend as per the country’s famous CSR law (Section 135 of Companies Act, 2013).
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