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Allow CSR in chief minister’s relief funds, Bengal CM writes to PM Modi

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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to consider the contribution of business houses to the chief minister’s relief funds (CMRF) as money spent on corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.

The letter, a copy of which is with PTI, pointed out “one major infirmity in the present CSR framework as provided in the Companies Act 2013”, concerning the interest of the states.

While contributions to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was mentioned as an eligible activity under the CSR in the 2013 Act, the same made to the CMRF was not considered as an activity “eligible for contribution under the CSR”, she wrote in the letter.

“It will indeed be praiseworthy if a contribution to CMRF in the states is also made an eligible activity under CSR. The little contribution would be very helpful to all the states to extend the much-desired assistance and relief to people in need,” the letter read.

Stating that the CMRF is always under financial constraints because of limited donations from the companies, Banerjee has written that if the proposal is accepted by the Centre, the “contributions” will also enable the donors to claim tax breaks.

“You may be aware that West Bengal, like other states of the country, has an established CMRF, similar to the PMNRF. We have been using the fund to provide medical, education and other kinds of relief to the neediest and distressed people in their times of grave financial crisis.

However due to paucity of funds, “we are not being able to fulfill all the requests made for support,” her letter read.

The current regime of the CSR in the country was introduced with the notification of Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013 and the CSR Policy Rules, 2014.

It mandates that from April 1, 2014 every company, private limited or public limited, which either has a net worth of Rs 500 crore or a turnover of Rs 1,000 crore or net profit of Rs 5 crore, has to spend at least 2 percent of its average net profit for the immediately preceding three financial years on corporate social responsibility activities.

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Karnataka’s Deputy CM G. Parameshwara accuses BJP of EVM tampering

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G.Parmeshwara on Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of manipulating the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the recently culminated assembly polls.

“Some of our leaders and I personally feel EVMs have been manipulated by BJP. Many Congress leaders lost at places even where Congress had a stronghold. We will complain to the Election Commission,” said Parmeshwara while addressing the media. “The Congress Party will approach the Election Commision regarding this,” added the newly appointed Deputy Chief Minister.

When asked about the Congress forming the government in Karnataka in coalition with JD(s),he said the party high command took the decision to restrict the “dictatorship of the prime minister”.

He claimed that the Congress- JD (S) alliance will mark the beginning of a new era.

G. Parmeshwara also informed the media that Congress leader Rakesh Kumar will be appointed as the speaker of the Karnataka assembly.

Congress leader G. Parmeshwara on Wednesday took oath as the deputy chief minister of deputy chief minister along with HD Kumaraswamy who took oath as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka.

 

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Yeddyurappa accuses Kumaraswamy of ‘arrogant, authoritative’ behaviour

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BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa today accused Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of “arrogant and authoritative behaviour”, claiming that he did not seem to have faith or trust in the Congress, the coalition partner of his party JD(S).

Questioning Kumaraswamy for not allowing Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara from the Congress to speak in his maiden press conference, Yeddyurappa said it indicated his lack of camaraderie towards the coalition partner.

“Kumaraswamy’s arrogant and authoritative behaviour makes it clear to the people of the state that he does not have faith or trust in the Congress party,” Yeddyurappa claimed in a statement here.

“What can people expect from such an unholy alliance? It also indicates lack of camaraderie in him,” he alleged.

In addition, his behaviour with a sober politician like Parmeshwara was an insult to the political community itself, Yeddyurappa claimed.

The BJP leader said Kumaraswamy’s remark against Lingayat pontiff Panditaradhya Shivacharya Swamiji, asking the latter not to poke his nose in politics was “unfortunate and unwarranted”.

“Such derogatory remarks from him on first day of his becoming chief minister are both surprising and shocking,” he added.

“Kumaraswamy’s comments about Swamijis who are a guiding spirit for the people are in poor taste and had hurt the feelings of crores of followers and disciples,” he claimed.

Kumaraswamy’s remarks exposed his bent of mind besides indicating his “arrogance of power,” Yeddyurappa claimed.

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Why is our tweet-a-minute PM silent on terrible disaster of Tuticorin: Congress

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New Delhi: The Congress Party on Thursday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on the police firing in Tuticorin in which around 13 people died and more than 100 were injured.

Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi in a press conference criticized PM Modi and said that”The fitness challenge has time enough for the PM to respond. You are all running on a treadmill but getting nowhere. You are fit for a camera but not fit for governance.”


Attacking the BJP, Singhvi said that If a plant is located in an Industrial Zone, it requires no environmental clearance merely cause of the fact that it is situated in an Industrial Zone. This was a major change made by the BJP. There is no requirement of public consultation anymore.

“There has not been a single suspension despite the firings in which nine people have lost their lives, No enquiry has yet been formally called for.” added the Congress leader.

Questioning Chief Minister E Palaniswami, he asked that will the CM explain why he has not visited the site till date? “Who ordered the firing? There is a protocol. Under whose authority or supervision did it happen? he added.

He also stated that the Tamil Nadu Govt. has forfeited the moral right to rule.

On Tuesday, the police fired at the protest rally demanding the closure of the Sterlite Copper’s smelting unit in Thoothukudi. Around 13 people died in the firing while 60 persons, including police, suffered injuries in stone pelting and have been admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital in Thoothukudi.

 

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