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JCR. 2020; 7(10): 6242-6249

State, Covid-19 pandemic and CSR: A Study

Indrakshi Phukan.

A welfare state is considered as the main steering power for the socio-economic development of a country. But with
the onset of globalization, there has been decreasing role on the part of government and in its place the multinational
companies have stated playing an important role in state affairs. Many people hold the view that it is the
fear on the part government that the entry of large number of firms would pose great cause to the environment by
their activities. One hand it is that fear and on the other hand the decreasing role of government all these together
contributed to conceive a term like Corporate Social Responsibility. (CSR) The notable thing is that in states like
India has made CSR a mandatory practice for the corporate/business organizations that fulfill a requisite
qualification need to spend a part of their earnings for the society where they work/operate.Business organizations
have performed various activities under its Corporate Social Responsibility. The sudden outbreak of Covid-19 that
originated in the Wuhan city of China has led the world in a situation of uncertainty, great economic loss, and loss of
human resources. The world scenario has shown to the world that several developed states have even failed to
response the outbreak of Covid-19. The world leaders even now realized and understood the need of international
cooperation to tackle with the Covid-19 pandemic. In this context, the significance of CSR needs to be highlighted
as it has the potentiality to do a lotto mitigate such situation of uncertainty, economic chaos, social instability,
economic backwardness etc:
In this article, therefore, an attempt has been made to study the challenges faced by Indian state caused by
thesudden outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic and CSR activities taken by Indian Corporate houses to cooperate
government in their fight against Covid-19 pandemic. An attempt has been made to study how the corporate houses
have been using /utilizing the space created by the declining role of the state and sharing a responsibility with the
state through Corporate Social Responsibility in this pandemic situation.
This Study is exploratory in nature and is based on both primary and secondary sources. Primary source includes the
opinions of the business personnel and the secondary sources include books, articles, journals, research papers,
newspapers etc:

Key words: State, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate houses, Covid-19 pandemic

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