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NEW DLEHI: Indian companies have spent at least 2,669 crore of corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds in the education sector 2019-20, according to latest official data.

Of the total amount spent on education, while 42.73 crore has gone towards special education, 2,626.69 was spent on mainstream education.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a board driven process. A company is empowered to plan, decide, execute and monitor its CSR activities based on the recommendation of its CSR Committee.

The entire CSR architecture is disclosure based and CSR mandated companies are required to file details of CSR expenditure annually in the MCA21 registry of the ministry of corporate affairs.

Education and healthcare are increasingly getting attention in CSR spending as both the sectors have a wider base and need more funding than budgeted by states and the Centre to achieve better education and healthcare outcomes.

The corporate governance framework, along with the existing legal provisions such as mandatory disclosures, accountability of the CSR committee and the board, provisions for statutory audit of accounts of the company, etc., provide sufficient safeguards for implementation of CSR by companies, according to the Union government.

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