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Padma Shri Manoj Das was bestowed with the Nalco Lifetime Achievement Award

Bhubaneswar, 09/01/2019In a historic step that is bound to leave a lasting impact on the cultural and sporting landscape, National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) today launched a slew of initiatives to promote cultural organisations and sporting talents in Odisha, to mark the 39thFoundation Day Celebrations. Padma Shri Manoj Das was bestowed with NALCO Lifetime Achievement Award while Shri NiranjanRath, Secretary, LokSevakMandal was awarded the NALCO Distinguished Social Service Award during the function at Nalconagar, Bhubaneswar.

Inspired by the rich culture and heritage of Odisha, NALCO signed Cultural MoUs with eight leading cultural organisations to promote and encourage artists from across the state. This is a unique initiative by a corporate sector and is a first of its kind which will develop an eco-system of industry – culture sustainable relationship. In order to help Odisha become a Sporting hub, the Company also announced that it will adopt around 100 budding sporting talents.

On this occasion, awards were also presented to individuals and organizations for their significant achievements and contributions in various fields. NALCO felicitated Padma Shri Manoj Das, for his exemplary contribution in the literary field. Besides, for this year, NALCO Kalidas Awards were presented to Dr. Bhaskar Mishra and Dr. Bhagirathi Nanda for their rich contributions in promoting Sanskrit Literature,NALCO Kharavela Awards were bestowed on Guru Shri Bichitrananda Swain, Shri Pravata Kumar Swain and Ms Sasmita Panda for their significant achievements and contributions to Odissi Dance.DhrutimayaBeherabagged the NALCO Upcoming Star Award while NALCO upcoming Sports Talent Awards were given to AnshikaRoutray, PrajeshMurmu, MohitPaswan, Tikaram Soren and Amit Kumar Behera.All the awardees were honoured with a cash award and citation.

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As part of Company’s endeavor to encourage Swachhata drive in schools, NALCO awarded ‘GulGul- Kun Mun’ awards to 10 schools from Angul and Koraput regions. Continuing its commitment to empower the girl child, NALCO Ki Ladlis were also adopted under the ‘BetiBachao, BetiPadhao’ programme of Govt. of India.

Addressing the occasion, Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, NALCO praised all the awardees for their contributions and highlighted the company’s strong performance and growth while laying focus on taking concrete steps to open the  newCoal Mines and giving a strong push to the Wire Rod Mill Project at Angul during 2019. Dr. Chand also applauded the employees for helping the Company achieve the distinction of being the lowest cost producer of Alumina and the 2nd lowest cost bauxite producer in the world. As a leading CPSE and Mother Plant, Dr. Chand said that a Cashless Model is being launched for the MSMEs that will ensure supply of input materials from NALCO and lending marketing support for finished products of MSMEs, making the units ab-initio economic viable and  building an industrial ecosystem around the Mother plant. This will enable promotion of local employment where more than 2000 people will be engaged in 200 such MSMEs, he added.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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