National Aluminium Company, a Navratna PSU under Ministry of Mines, has been recognised with ‘Honourable Mention’ for excellence in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for its flagship CSR project ‘NALCO Ki Ladli’ at the National CSR Awards ceremony held in Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman graced the occasion. Basant Kumar Thakur, Director (HR), NALCO received the award from Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Singh Thakur at a ceremony in New Delhi.
Dr Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, NALCO, said, “The journey for the Ladlis of NALCO began in 2015. Today, we have been recognised by Government of India for putting our heart and soul into implementing the ‘NALCO Ki Ladli’ CSR initiative, which is empowering the girl child in villages and becoming a powerful trigger for women empowerment. I congratulate Team NALCO and NALCO Foundation Team for putting in the effort to make a change in the society.”
It may be mentioned that the Corporate Affairs Ministry, Govt. of India, has selected NALCO for this award at the national level for introducing and implementing schemes like NALCO ki Ladli. Inspired by the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative of Government of India, the NALCO Ki Ladli programme provides adoption of poor girl students to enable them to study and settle in life. At present, NALCO has adopted 416 poor girl students from 66 villages in 45 schools in Angul and Damanjodi. NALCO plans to scale up the scheme at pan India level covering poor girl children of Odisha, aspiration districts of the country and NALCO’s peripheral villages.