New Delhi / Mumbai : Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly thinks Giving for causes and charitable purposes is like a habit we all should inculcate so it can benefit the people who deserve it the most in our country.
The Prince of Kolkata, who was part of a panel discussion in which the CAF World Giving Index 2015 Report was showcased,spoke on the sidelines of a 6-hour live Telethon ‘Support My School’, on a leading English news channel to help raise funds for revitalising schools across the country.
Ganguly, alongwith Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India Chairman Arun Bharat Ram, CAF India CEO Meenakshi Batra, President, Coca Cola India & Southwest Asia Venkatesh Kini, UBS India COO Praveen Kumar and NDTV CEO Vikram Chandra was discussing strategic ways of giving which could help the society give more effectively in the backdrop of the CAF World Giving index 2015 report which revealed that India’s ranking in the world dropped to 106 from 69th position a year ago.
The CAF World Giving Index 2015 reportis known around the world as the leading comparative measure of generosity across the globe.
The WGI report which released globally last month, occupied centrestage as heads of socially responsible organisations and celebrities sang in one tune – the need to nurture the culture of giving and share wealth with the underprivileged section of the society.
In an engaging session, the panelists spoke about various issues concerning the social development sector in India and shared ideas and experiences on how the giving culture can be benefit the underprivileged section of the society.
Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly said, “Giving is a habit. It’s like getting your first Test 100. It takes a lot of time to get your first one except a few who get it on debut. But then when it starts happening, it happens a lot quicker.“
Arun Bharat Ram, Chairman, CAF India, who was part of the panel, said, “It is disappointing if we look at stats in the CAF WGI 2015 report since we slipped in the rankings. However, we should take into consideration the fact that India has around 30 percent of population living below poverty line or are at the edge, who cannot give and are also factored in while measuring generosity.“
To drive his point across and urging people to come forward to donate for causes, Ganguly cited how Sachin Tendulkar too took a while to get to his first Test hundred but once the Master Blaster notched up his first test ton, there was no stopping him. Sourav Ganguly, who is also the brand ambassador of Support My School campaign, added,‘’And then there is someone like Sachin who takes nearly 10 Test matches to get to his first Test hundred, but once that happens, he finishes with 100 hundreds.’’
CAF India CEO Meenakshi Batra said, “At CAF India, it’s part of our job to provide the infrastructure for giving. The numbers may be disappointing but on the positive side, the number of people donating money, volunteering time and helping a stranger, is the highest in the world.If the economic growth in India is to benefit the entire Indian population, we must do more to engage people in addressing development gaps.“
The CAF World Giving Index 2015, a unique study of global charitable behaviour based on surveys in 145 countries,shows that more than 334 million Indians helped a stranger, more than 183 million gave money and more than 156 million volunteered time. India ranked as the 106th most generous country overall – just behind Brazil – and the eighth out of eight countries included from Southern Asia. It found that Myanmar ranked highest in the world for generosity, with the United States second, New Zealand third, Canada fourth and Australia fifth.
Analysing why India fared poorly in the CAF World Giving Index 2015 report, President, Coca Cola India & South West Asia Venkatesh Kini said, “Never good to be low down in the ranking chart as far as generous nations are concerned. I would like to point out that as a percentage of our population, the giving percentage may be small but if you look at absolute numbers who are giving in India, we still have the largest number of givers in the world. So, India still has a good story to tell.“
Praveen Kumar, COO, UBS India,who was one of panellists representing the corporate sector, said, “I think from the individual perspective, there is lack of transparency issues in the NGO sector which impacts the giving behaviour.”
Some of questions which was posed by NDTV CEO Vikram Chandra to the panellists including what motivates people to give, role of government in giving, issues of trust in the NGO sector and how the giving landscape could change for the better.
To know more about the World Giving Index 2015 report, click HERE.
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