“The Companies Act is well crafted; the CSR clause urges corporates to go beyond the spirit of the Act and I believe corporate houses and NGOs will find the space within the Act to support projects to bring about a substantial social change. Corporates today can play a huge role in strengthening the capacity of the NGOs, governance through knowledge sharing, technical partnerships much like business incubators that we see today.”
Mamta Saikia is the Chief Operating Officer of Bharti Foundation. Before joining Bharti Foundation, Mamta was working with Child Rights & You (CRY), where she held various prestigious positions including Member of the Management Committee, Head–Resource Mobilization and Head Global Operations. She has worked extensively on the issues of disability, animal rights, women’s issues and HIVAIDS. Mamta has authored a book titled “Money matters…People Too” which is based on the issue of self-reliance in the Indian NGO sector and was released in Germany in June 2005. She has recently been honoured among the 100 Women Achievers of India, an initiative by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. She has also been awarded the Karmaveer Puraskaar – National Citizen Awards for Social Justice and Action for CSR too.