Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a portal for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and volunteering at a town hall with technology, startup and telecom chieftains later this month, in an ambitious bid to consolidate such efforts to maximise their effect and help boost the government’s initiatives.
The ministry of electronics and IT is reportedly making preparations for the launch of the portal, which is being developed by MyGov and will host CSR activities that have already been kicked off.
The idea is to create a resource pool and find a way to “harmonise efforts,” not just across companies, but also to “align” them with the priorities of the government in areas such as the Skill India, Digital Literacy, Financial Inclusion, and Swachh Bharat campaigns, said a person aware of the development.
The invitees include Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran, Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal, Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani and Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra along with CEOs of top IT companies and startups such as Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma and inMobi’s Naveen Tewari.
Apart from Nasscom, the ministry has also roped in groups such as the Internet and Mobile Association of India and the Indian Cellular Association to help put the event together. Earlier this month, Union Minister for electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad held a meeting with IT industry executives at which the issue of pooling expertise for various social initiatives was discussed. Prasad had stressed that the IT sector needed to work toward coordinated CSR efforts on a common platform to help with uplift in backward districts and social inclusion. ( Story Courtesy: Economic Times)