New Delhi: Chhattisgarh's chief minister has accused state-run NMDC of diverting corporate social responsibility (CSR) money owed to the state to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's coronavirus fund, according to a letter seen by Reuters.
The state also said the iron ore miner had not paid Rs 1,023 crore in remaining penalties over alleged violations, adding that the miner was not keeping up its commitments that included a housing scheme.NMDC has diverted the rightful CSR funds of people of Chhattisgarh to the newly created PM CARES Fund," Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said in a May 4 letter to Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
Baghel asked the miner to 'act responsibly' and urged the federal government to push NMDC to pay remaining dues at the earliest to help the state fight the spread of the coronavirus, and not be a 'mute spectator'.
In this crisis situation, the state government needs financial resources and people of Chhattisgarh are looking for their legitimate resources to come in handy during this hour of crisis," Baghel said in the letter.
NMDC chairman N. Baijendra Kumar said the company will continue to work with the Chhattisgarh government, but did not comment on the penalties or the alleged diversion of the fund. The Ministry of Steel did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment
Posted Date : 08-05-20
Categories : CSR