Bengaluru, Feb. 24: Asking the corporate companies to work for the welfare of the poor of urban, Dr. C. N. Ashwatha Narayana, Minister for Higher Education and IT/BT said on Thursday, there will be a threat to the social well being if their voices are not being heard.
Addressing the gathering at the ‘CSR and Sustainable Development Conclave’ and ‘Award Presentation’ event organised by ASSOCHAM, South India Division, he told, poor people in cities such as Bengaluru are deprived of benefits which they deserve.’
Emphasising that the corporate sector should be in contact with society, he opined, the culture of entrepreneurship cannot evolve if it stays away from people.
The government alone cannot bridge the gap that exists in society. It is the hardship of the poor that is contributing to economic growth. Keeping this in mind, we need to ensure that benefits of economic growth reach them, Narayana opined.
Prashanth Prakash, venture capitalist, and Chairman, State Vision Group for Startup was presented with the ‘Social Transformative Entrepreneur’ award. SAP India Pvt. Ltd., ‘AWAKE’, TCS (Local Livelihood), L & T technologies (Heath Security), Ashok Leyland, Karur Vysya Bank (Education and Skill), SBI Life Insurance, Paytm Foundation (COVID relief), JK Tyres (Solid Waste Management), Presidency School (Water Conservation) and other companies were presented the CSR Awards.
Shalini Rajaneesh, ACS, B.V.Naidu, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KEDM), Abhishek, an entrepreneur were among the present.