Nalco’s performance despite economic slowdown is commendable: Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

nalcofoundationday3Bhubaneswar: “Despite the vagaries of international market, Nalco’s consistent performance – both in terms of productivity and profitability is commendable,” said Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Steel and Mines.

He was addressing the 36th Foundation Day Celebrations of the company, here yesterday. “Nalco has already got Utkal D and E Coal Blocks from Centre, in the vicinity of its thermal power plant at Angul in Odisha, and the aluminium major will get Pottangi bauxite mines near its Refinery at Damanjodi, having a 70 million tonnes of reserve, soon,” Shri Tomar informed.

Besides, a number of activities and projects have been undertaken by Nalco as part of its corporate social responsibility, which are praiseworthy, Shri Tomar said while making a special mention of ‘Nalco ki Ladli’, a scheme to promote meritorious girl students from BPL families, under Govt of India’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ Union Tribal Affairs Minister Shri Jual Oram and Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan congratulated Nalco’s CMD Shri Tapan Kumar Chand and his team while appreciating the role being played by Nalco in the overall development process and bringing economic progress in the state. They assured all support to the Navratna PSU from Centre.

Odisha’s steel and mines minister Shri Prafulla Mallik described Nalco as pride of the state and said there should be no move towards disinvestment of the profit-making
Among other dignitaries, Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patasani, MP, Bhubaneswar, Shri
Nagendra Kumar Pradhan, MP, Sambalpur and Dr. Udit Raj, MP, North-West Delhi &
National Chairman, All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations, also addressed
Shri Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, Nalco, in his welcome address, reiterated that the company is committed towards the development of Odisha and is also working in sync with the national development programmes. Shri Chand also said that the company, along with its efforts to achieve excellence in business, is focusing on the welfare of its

A host of awards presented by Nalco to achievers in different fields added a unique flavour. For the first time, the company instituted Nalco Smiles Award and Nalco
Kharavela Awards this year. Nalco Smiles Award was presented to Dr. Sruti
Mohapatra, Founder of Swabhiman, for her outstanding contributions towards the
rehabilitation of differently-abled children. She received a purse of Rs. 1 lakh. Nalco
Kharavela Award for Odissi Guru was received by Padma Shri Dr. Ileana Citaristi, for
her significant contributions in promoting the dance form in India and abroad. This
award also carried a purse of Rs. 1 lakh. The other Nalco Kharavela Award for
significant achievements in Odissi, was handed over to Saswat Ranjan Joshi. He received a cash prize of Rs.50,000/-.
Nalco also honoured 17 young talents of Odisha for their extraordinary achievements.
Ananya Sritam Nanda (Winner of Indian Idol Junior Title), Rituraj Mohanty (Winner of
India’s Raw Star Title), Dutee Chand (Ace Athlete), Saina Salonika (Chess Player),
Lalita Prasida Sripada Srisai (Winner of Community Impact Award at Google Science
Fair), Jogabyasa Bhoi (Mountaineer), Jamunamani Singh (Asha Worker who was
appreciated by PM in Mann ki Baat), Bijay Biswaal (Artist, who was also appreciated
by PM in Mann ki Baat), Rajesh Meher & Suraj Meher (Guinness World Record
Holders for Largest TV Remote Control), Jitendra Kumar Biswal (Differently-abled
Actor of the film The Desire), Sibananda Sethy (Artist, Winner in the World Food
Programme Children’s Design Competition), Lipsa Pradhan (Winner of National
Innovation Foundation Award), Srikanta Sahu (Topper in National Skill Contest) and
folk artistes Bishnu Charan Sasmal, Bikram Kumar Sahoo and Gyana Ranjan Mohanty
were felicitated with cash rewards and citations. Noted singer Susmita Das was also
felicitated on the occasion, with a scroll of honour and memento for bringing visually
challenged children to arc light through song and music.

Shri S.C. Padhy, Director (HR), Nalco, proposed a vote of thanks.

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