Nagpur: With the district administration dealing with money crunch to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, the Nagpur bench of Bombay excessive court docket (HC) directed the Nagpur and Amravati commissioners to submit names of industries working underneath their jurisdictions with their budgetary allocation for company social accountability (CSR) funds in Vidarbha.
A division bench comprising justices Sunil Shukre and Avinash Gharote requested collector Ravindra Thakare to make a request to NTPC plant at Mouda and Mahagenco unit at Koradi to make their funds out there for Covid-19 underneath CSR. The bench additionally instructed Amravati collector to request India Bulls Power firm at Nandgaon Peth for allocating CSR funds for Amravati, Akola, Yavatmal, Washim and Buldhana districts.
“There is a further need to garner funds from the heads of CSR of different industries operating in different districts of Vidarbha. So, it’s necessary to have detailed information about funds available with each of them. The details shall be placed by Nagpur and Amravati divisional commissioners on record with companies’ names and budgetary allocation under CSR,” the bench mentioned.
During listening to of suo motu PIL based mostly on TOI report, the judges requested amicus curiae Shreerang Bhandarkar and different attorneys, together with Bhanudas Kulkarni, Sudhir Puranik, Tushar Mandlekar, M Anil Kumar, Nidhi Dayani and others to tell about industrial models within the area who’s CSR could possibly be utilized for Covid-19 administration.
“If CSR funds have been received by the collector, those could be spent for setting up oxygen plants at hospitals of registered societies/trusts which are providing treatment to the patients free of cost,” the bench mentioned.
Collector instructed to grant funds for oxy crops
The HC directed the collector to sanction and allocate substantial cash from the funds of District Planning Committee (DPC) and District Mining Resource for establishing oxygen crops at authorities hospitals in Nagpur district.
The judges reminded the collector of statements made by senior counsel MG Bhangde and extra pleader Deepak Thakare concerning Maharashtra chief secretary conducting a gathering on April 15 on establishing oxygen crops throughout the state.
“We’ve not been apprised of the outcome of this meeting. We also don’t know whether any such meeting was held. We direct the collector to place on record all the information about this meeting,” the bench mentioned.