Nagpur: Tata Sons, the100 billion dollar salt-to-software empire, now has decided to provide financial assistance to social organizations run by RSS under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh runs over 1000 social organizations all over the country. The Tata Group had always shown its interests in social works carried out by the RSS run voluntary organizations. Now, the Tata Sons has also decided to provide funds for social works.
Earlier, the Interim Chairman of Tata Sons Ratan Tata on Wednesday visited the RSS Headquarters and held closed-door meeting with RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat for about 30 minutes. The meeting was a pre-decided one. Now, the Tata Sons has decided to utilize the CSR funds for the RSS run organizations for carrying out social works. Today’s meeting of Ratan Tata and Bhagwat was for the very purpose, it is learnt. Incidentally, today is Ratan Tata’s birthday.
According to Dr Dilip Deodhar, an expert on RSS affairs, the meeting between Ratan Tata and Bhagwat discussed ways for carrying out social responsibilities in a better way. Tata Group’s commitment and honesty towards social responsibility is a known very well the world over. The RSS also carries its social works through various forums effectively. Tata Sons too wants the CSR funds to be utilized properly.
Earlier, around 1 pm Ratan Tata reached Hedgewar Smruti Mandir at Reshimbagh Ground and spent some time there. He was accompanied by BJP Spokesperson Shaina NC. Later at 3 pm, Ratan Tata reached RSS Headquarters and held a closed-door meeting with Bhagwat.
Even as full details of the meeting are not yet available, sources said that the Interim Chairman of Tata Sons reportedly discussed the ongoing tussle with the ex-Tata Sons Chief Cyrus Mistry who was unceremoniously sacked from the post recently. He even talked about demonetization with the RSS Chief, sources said.
Many Indian companies have been contributing to the society through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arms and foundation since their inception, like Tata group, Aditya Birla group, among many others. So, CSR is not an entirely new concept in Indian context. But the Companies Act 2013 has put CSR in the forefront, with a ‘comply or explain’ mandate, for companies that have more than Rs 5 crore as net profit for a year.