Corporate social responsibility (CSR) Current Affairs - 2019

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Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports revises Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar Scheme

The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has revised the Scheme of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar.

This scheme was introduced by government in 2009 to encourage involvement of corporates and sports promotion boards in the development of sports in the country.

Revised Scheme of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar

According to the revised plan, this scheme will be given in following four categories. They are

  • Identification and nurturing of budding/young talent.
  • Encouragement of sports through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
  • Employment of sportspersons and sports welfare measures.
  • Sports for Development.

The revised Scheme, prescribes the eligibility criteria for all four categories.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Corporates now can spend and provide funds for promotion and development of sports from the funds earmarked for CSR.

In this regard, training to promote rural sports, nationally recognized sports, Paralympic sports and Olympic sports have been included in the Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs): In case of NGOs, who are working in promotion and development of sports, a separate category, Sports for Development has been provided for the NGOs in order to recognize their contributions.

Government launches subsidised 5 kg LPG Cylinder scheme for BPL families

Central government has launched the sale of subsidised 5-kg LPG cylinders scheme for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and others.

It was launched by Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in Bhubaneswar, Odhisa.

This scheme was launched as part of the oil companies’ Corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities to cover BPL population in urban areas.

Under this pilot scheme, a BPL family would be provided with LPG connection. In this case customers not need to pay security deposit and cost of pressure regulator.

Government by launching this scheme is aiming to promote LPG as it a cleaner fuel which will help in creating better and smoke less cooking environment and help in improvement of women’s health.

Petroleum Minister also launched the sale of 5-kg cylinders under Free Trade LPG scheme in Bhubaneswar, Odhisa.

Free Trade LPG scheme: It will cater the LPG requirement of all sections of the society including the economically weaker section, student, migrant labourers who do not have proof of address due to their short stay in a particular place.

This scheme is aims at increasing the usage of LPG by providing customers with more affordable facilities.