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Rajesh Tiwari

Rajesh Tiwari is founder of Indian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR). Earlier, he founded Tikona Digital Networks Pvt. Ltd. in 2008 and served as its Joint Managing Director. He was Group Director at Reliance Communications, where he made significant contributions to its telecom tand Optical Fibre infrastructure development. He was also Group President of Reliance Industries and has served across array of functions. Earlier in his career, Rajesh Tiwari was part of the elite government service for 14 years where he was part of the founding team of MTNL.He also worked as Private Secretary to Minister of Information and Broadcasting (Government of India).He was Executive Director of Bharat Aluminium. He started his career with Hindustan Lever Limited. He also served as Executive Vice President of Afro-Asian Satellite Communications. He is an alumni of St. Xavier's College in Kolkata, an MBA from University of Hull, England and a Doctorate in Social Administration from USA.
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Corporate social responsibility googly to tax some and spare the rest
India Inc, which now has to spend on corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, may have to bear a heavier tax burden, unless the expenditure is covered by specific provisions of the Income Tax (I-T) Act. The Finance Bill has clarified that such spend will not be treated as business expenditure. If it were treated as business expenditure, it would have directly reduced the taxable profits of the concerned company. However, tax benefits could be available for certain CSR activities under other sections of the I-T Act. "If the CSR expenditure is covered by the specific sections (Secti View more

Environment Ministry clearances to be policy-based
Environment Minister says case-by-case consideration of defence projects delayed clearances

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said the government will evolve “policy-based solutions” for the pending environment clearances, adding, the defence projects clearance delays has been due to their case-by-case consideration.

“We are evolving new ways of solutions to the existing problems of environment clearances by evolving policy based solutions,” Mr. Javadekar told reporters here.

“Delay in the defence projects were due to case-by-case decision making process. View more

The Road to Sustainability
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a sought-after university for courses related to sustainable development, has forayed into distance learning recently. The university offers an intensive, multi-track, online programme in renewable energy. A two-year advanced ­postgraduate diploma, and a one-year postgraduate diploma in renewable energy are on offer. Both these programmes have been approved by the Distance Education Council.

Each of these programmes have been split into four certificate courses: CEIE (certificate course in energy infrastructure and efficiencies), CRERP (certificate View more

Slum redevelopment a CSR activity: Ministry of Corporate Affairs
Mumbai: Slum-redevelopment, road safety awareness and consumer protection services will be treated as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, according to clarifications issued by the ministry of corporate affairs in response to queries from stakeholders.

BJP's election manifesto had promised to usher in a low-cost housing policy that would ensure every family in India a home by 2022. The ministry, in a circular, has clarified that slum-redevelopment or housing for economically weaker sections could be covered under the eligible CSR category of 'measures taken for reducing inequa View more

Govt provides clarity on CSR activities under Companies Act
Providing more clarity on social welfare spending norms for corporates, the government has said that "one off events" such as marathons and sponsorships of television programmes would not considered towards CSR expense.

Under the new Companies Act, certain class of profitable entities are required to shell out at least two per cent of their three-year annual average net profit towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.

Asking stakeholders to "liberally" interpret the provisions in Schedule VII (Companies Act) — that relates to CSR works — the government has said that CSR View more