Bhubaneswar: National Aluminium Company Ltd. (NALCO), the Navratna PSU of Govt. of India, organized the 19th Plant Level Advisory Committee (PLAC) Meeting, at Bhubaneswar today. The meeting was chaired by Ansuman Das, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, NALCO. Panchanan Dash, Secretary to Govt., MSME Department, Odisha, Sarat Chandra Naik, Special Secretary to Govt., Industries Department, Odisha, Nityananda Palai, IAS, Director of Industries, Govt. of Odisha and Ms. Soma Mondal, Director (Commercial), NALCO were notably present on the occasion and held discussions with the members and representatives of various Micro & Small Scale as well as Ancillary industries of the State.
At the outset, in her welcome address, Ms Soma Mondal, Director (Commercial), highlighted Nalco’s concern as a mother industry towards promoting the interest of local Micro & Small Enterprises (MSE). Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ansuman Das, CMD, Nalco said that in context of globalization it is evident that the MSE units should lay more emphasis in maintaining quality, cost competitiveness and technological up gradations. ‘Moreover NALCO is always eager to support the MSEs, in whatever way that is feasible’ said Shri Das. He also said that the concrete efforts put in both by Nalco and MSE units, with the requisite support from the concerned Government bodies, has helped to build up a rising trend in the business dealings between NALCO & MSE units. Sharing his views on the upcoming Aluminium Park at Angul, Shri Das said that the same is expected to promote downstream and ancillary industries. NALCO has committed to supply 50,000 MT hot metal to the JV Company. Odisha based industries should take advantage of it.
Speaking on this occasion, Shri Panchanan Dash advised all District Industries Centres (DICs) to be more active as facilitators between NALCO and the MSEs. Similarly sharing their views, other dignitaries appreciated the role of NALCO as mother industry and expressed their satisfaction on company’s functioning towards promotion of Ancillary and MSE units in the State. A booklet printed by NALCO’s S&P Complex ‘Product Profile for Micro and Small Enterprises’ was released on this occasion. During the meeting, while Shri B. Mohanty, GM, DIC, Bhubaneswar read out the Overall Purchase Statistics, Shri B.K. Dash, Addl. Director, DIC, Cuttack proposed the vote of thanks.
During the meeting, presentations were made by the NALCO officials explaining the methodology of placement of orders on Ancillary units. The items identified for purchases from MSE/Ancillary units were also detailed out. It may be mentioned here that Nalco has given Ancillary status to 57MSEs of the State.
Participants including PLAC members, representatives from OSIC, Directorate of Industries, Export Promotion & Marketing (EP&M), along with representatives of Odisha Small Scale Industries Association, Odisha Young Entrepreneurs Association, Odisha Assembly of Small & Medium Enterprises, Utkal Chambers of Commerce and Industries and others were present on the occasion.