30 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: National Aluminium Company Ltd. (NALCO) has been recognized 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 Ram Nath Kovind, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Singh Thakur were present at the event. Basant Kumar Thakur, Director (HR), NALCO received the Award from Thakur at a glittering ceremony in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Congratulating his team for the prestigious award, NALCO CMD, Tapan Kumar Chand said, “The journey for the Ladlis of NALCO began in 2015. Today, we have been recognized by Govt. 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."
The Union Corporate Affairs Ministry selected NALCO for this award for introducing and implementing schemes like Nalco ki Ladli. Inspired by the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative of the Central Government, 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.
With a view to augment the scheme, NALCO has launched an innovative Employee Social Responsibility (ESR) programme recently, which offers employees a way to contribute towards social causes. Under this scheme, employees of the company get a chance to adopt the 'Ladlis' and support their education.