New Delhi, Jan. 14 -- Businesses can use their corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds to create awareness about covid-19 but cannot use such funds exclusively on activities that benefit employees and family, the government has said in a clarification.

Spending CSR funds for carrying out "awareness campaigns/programmes or public outreach campaigns on covid-19 vaccination programme is an eligible CSR activity" under provisions of the law, the ministry of corporate affairs has said in a communication to its field officials and to the public.

Such spending will be considered under the Companies Act provisions allowing CSR expenditure towards promotion of healthcare including preventive healthcare and sanitation, promoting education and...