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Where’s river Ganga in Tamil Nadu? | Chennai News


CHENNAI: An announcement in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that Clean Ganga Fund below company social duty (CSR) had been used in Tamil Nadu, with corporations spending Rs 52 lakh in the previous three years, raised eyebrows and DMK’s P Wilson tweeted: “I didn’t know Ganga flows through TN!”.
To a query raised by Wilson, the Union company affairs ministry replied that ‘Clean Ganga Fund’ was amongst these used for CSR tasks in Tamil Nadu.

To my query on the allocation of CSR funds in TN, the Hon. Minister has replied that a part of the TN fund has bee…

— P. Wilson MP (@PWilsonDMK) 1626839201000
When contacted, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), below the Union Jal Shakti ministry, mentioned Clean Ganga Funds weren’t launched for Tamil Nadu.
In his reply, minister of state for company affairs Rao Inderjit Singh mentioned 1,316 corporations spent Rs 919 crore below CSR in 2019-20 in Tamil Nadu, towards the Rs 627.7 crore spent in 2017-18 and Rs 829.3 crore spent in 2018-19.
Agro-forestry, schooling, healthcare, clear Ganga fund and slum space improvement are among the many 28 sectors listed for funding below CSR in TN.
Details on the checklist of tasks weren’t furnished and Wilson charged that there was no transparency. “For instance, what were the activities taken up through the Clean Ganga Funds in Tamil Nadu? I will write to the ministry seeking more details in this regard,” he mentioned.
An NMCG official mentioned Clean Ganga Funds have been used for improvement in the Ganga basin.
“But, several corporates are taking up activities on rejuvenation of Ganga under CSR funds. So, probably one such firm could have done works under CSR funds and used the name Ganga.”
As per Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, each firm having web price of greater than Rs 500 crore, turnover of above Rs 1,000 crore or web revenue of greater than Rs 5 crore in the course of the instantly previous monetary yr has to spend at the least 2% of the common web earnings in the direction of CSR.

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