Bilaspur (thestates.news)|  National miner Coal India Limited (CIL) is the third largest corporate spender on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) works in India. CIL’s Director (Personnel) Shri Vinay Ranjan said while addressing the CIL’s first ‘CSR & Sustainability Conclave’ held at its Subsidiary Central Coalfields Ltd. (CCL) at Ranchi on 6 th & 7 th May, 2022. The Conclave was organized to provide a platform for discussion on the ongoing CSR works in the country and for exploring new opportunities. During the Conclave,  it was highlighted that during the last 3 years, CIL has spent more than Rs. 1600 crores on CSR activities, up 25% from the mandated target of Rs. 1284 crores. Also, during the trying times of Covid pandemic, CIL spent more than Rs. 500 crores to help fight Covid nationwide. South Eastern Coalfields(SECL), one of the largest Subsidiaries, has spent around 733 Crores under CSR between financial year 2014-15 to 2021-22. Out of which, highest expenditure (Rs.268 Crores approx..) has been booked under Sanitation and Swachhta, while approx.. 128 Crores is spent in Rural Development, 47 Crores(approx.) in Education and around 148 Cr. Is spent in fight against Covid as well as on Healthcare facilities. In the Korba district, where Company’s Mega projects are located, it helped built 5368 toilets across 31 villages which ultimately
led to Kobra district delated ODF(Open Defecation Free). Company has also contributed in infrastructure development in famous English Medium Schools at Bilaspur, has provided CT Scan & MRI machines at CIMS Bilaspur & District Hospital Ambikapur and has provided funded Boys and Girls hostel in Bijapur district among many other initiatives.

It was also deliberated that CIL has spent more 60% of its CSR budget on Health & Sanitation sector and the company has provided employment skills to more than 10,000 youths. To mitigate the potential shortage of oxygen during the Covid pandemic, CIL has set up or help set up 31 oxygen plants in 28 hospitals in various parts of the country during the last fiscal. Presently CIL is operating its CSR activities in 34 districts across 8 States of the
country. 24 of them are aspirational districts where CIL is running various schemes under ‘Aspirational Districts Program’. More than 250 delegates from across the organizations attended the two-day Conclave which witnessed presence of CCL CMD Shri P.M. Prasad, Director (Personnel) – CIL Shri Vinay  Ranjan, Former Secretary – Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Former IPS officer & General Secretary Prayas Shri Amod K Kanth, Retd. IAS & Professor Emeritus IIT Bombay Prof. Satish B. Agnihotri, Executive Director (Community Development) – CIL Shri B. Sai Ram and Director (HR), IOCL Shri Ranjan Mohapatra. CSR Exhibition & Awards An exhibition depicting the CSR works undertaken by all the subsidiary companies of CIL was also showcased in the sidelines of the Conclave. CIL’s subsidiary companies doing excellent CSR works were awarded during the Conclave. CSR Stall by SECL was appreciated by many visiting conclave.