Bhubaneswar: National Aluminium Company Limited (Nalco) has bagged the Swachh Bharat Award during the National Swachhata Summit-2019, held in New Delhi recently. The award has been conferred on Nalco for Sanitation-Infrastructure Building & School Sanitation Initiatives.

Nalco CMD TK Chand was also conferred the CSR Leadership Award on this occasion.

Nalco as a PSU-partner in goverment’s Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan has constructed 479 toilets in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, resulting in enrolment and attendance enhancement of students in rural and tribal area schools.  The company has now taken up the project to make the remote villages of Damanjodi and Angul Open Defecation Free (ODF). Also, as an active partner in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the aluminium PSU has been undertaking year-round cleanliness drives. Nalco, with a view to ensure plastic-free environment, has promoted the usage of cloth bags and paper bags. The company is also encouraging schools and students to promote cleanliness by providing financial incentives under the Gulgul-Kunmun Award scheme. Also, under Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Mission and Iconic Shrine Development Programme, the company has taken up several CSR projects for comprehensive development of the holy city Puri. Under this programme, the company has installed drinking water kiosks for pilgrims in Puri, taken up the renovation of Gandhi Park as a clean and green park and a major tourist attraction and carried out extensive beautification of the shrine city.

           On the occasion, Nalco CMD Tapan Kumar Chand was conferred with the CSR Leadership Award in recognition of his initiatives to make CSR a part of the organizational culture of Nalco. Under his leadership, the company has successfully implemented schemes like Nalco ki Ladli for the education of meritorious girls from BPL families in line with the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme of government of India. The company is also carrying out various CSR activities under Indradhanush for providing quality education to children from tribal areas of the state , Integrated Health Services, Skill Development, and infrastructure development.