CM says CSR work of Health Dept will improve under her stewardship
Director of Kirloskar Systems Limited Geetanjali Kirloskar was on Wednesday appointed to helm the corporate social responsibility (CSR) committee of the Karnataka Health & Family Welfare and Medical Education Department.
Speaking at a function to welcome Kirloskar in her new role, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said the state’s health machinery would ‘improve’ under her guidance.
The CM lauded the civic conscience of big corporates in using their CSR funds for social development, especially in the health sector. While CSR spending nationwide was Rs 5,115 crore in 2014-15, it has nearly doubled to Rs 8,619 crore today. In the health sector alone, total CSR spending has been around Rs 2,200 crore, Yediyurappa said. He noted that Bengaluru-based infotech companies were at the forefront in utilising their CSR funds for the welfare of the state.
‘Corporates can help’
Addressing the gathering, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said involving corporates in the health sector during the pandemic crisis would help in enhancing public healthcare and overall development of health services.
He said Kirloskar’s vast experience as an entrepreneur and philanthropist would help the state leverage CSR initiatives for upgrading PHCs.
Speaking on the occasion, Geetanjali Kirloskar, who has been based in Bengaluru for some years, said she was fluent in Marathi and Hindi and was trying to learn Kannada.