Bengaluru, NFAPost: Karnataka Minister for Higher Education and IT/BT C N Ashwatha Narayana on Thursday exhorted corporate companies to work for the welfare of the urban poor and if theri voices are not addressed there will be a threat to the social well being.

Addressing the gathering at the ‘CSR and Sustainable Development Conclave’ and ‘Award Presentation’ event organised by ASSOCHAM, South India Division, he said poor people in cities such as Bengaluru are deprived of benefits which they deserve.

“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,” said Karnataka Minister for Higher Education and IT/BT C N Ashwatha Narayana.

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.

Venture capitalist and Karnataka State Vision Group for Startup Chairman Prashanth Prakash 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.

Additional Chief Secretary Shalini Rajaneesh and Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KEDM) Chairman B V Naidu were present at the function.

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