On the occasion of its 38th Foundation Day celebrations, National Aluminium Company (Nalco) today dedicated three of its projects to the nation. The projects included launching of mining activity at south block of Panchpatamali Bauxite Mines, 18.5 MW Turbo Generator at Alumina Refinery, Damanjodi and Nano Technology based Defluoridation Plant at Smelter, Angul.
These projects were formally inaugurated through video conferencing by Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines, Govt of India, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Governemnt of India. The Union ministers in their message through video conferencing appreciated the efforts and achievements of Nalco in nation building and wishedfurther success in coming days.
Tomar in his message appreciated the dedicated hard work put in by Dr Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, Nalco, along with his team in developing Nalco as a blue chip company at National and International level and elevated it to the present position admired in the industry circle.
Addressing the occasion, the Nalco CMD, highlighted the company’s significant performance in last fiscal including the accolade achieved of being the lowest cost producer of Alumina in the world and also being the 2nd highest net foreign exchange earnings in the country. As a leading CPSE, the efforts put in by the employees have resulted in achieving 100 per cent capacity utilization in Nalco’s Mines & Refinery, said Dr Chand.
On the sidelines of signing of MoU (memorandum of understanding) with National Skill Development Corporation with Nalco, Dr Chand said, “We aim to promote Skill Development including vocational skills among children, women, youth and differently abled which would enhance employability and offer them better livelihood. This association reinforces our mission to take up sustainable development projects to support education, empower women along with income generation programme,” he added.
On this occasion, awards were also presented to individuals and organizations for their significant achievements and contributions in various fields. Nalco felicitated Padmashree Prafulla Kar with lifetime achievement award and Padma Vibhusan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia was also felicitated for his significant contributions. Besides, for this year, Nalco Kalidas awards were presented to Prof. Atul Kumar Nanda & Prof Sukanta Kumar Senapati for their contribution in Sanskrit literature. Similarly, Nalco Kharavela Awards were handed over to Shri Nirod Kumar Dehury, Ms. Sonali Mohapatra, Ms Manisha Manaswini, and Ms Sugyani Mahapatra for their significant achievements and contributions to Odissi Dance.