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NALCO to get President’s award for excellent CSR in social development

National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), an Odisha-based Navaratna Company has been selected for President’s award for utilisation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund in social development. NALCO was selected for its Aliali Jhia Scheme.

About Aliali Jhia

In 2015 NALCO started a scheme called Aliali Jhia. The scheme was on the line of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao to adapt and promote the poor and talented girls for education.

It aimed to promote the education of Girls of BPL (Below Poverty Line) families.

Under this scheme, NALCO adopted 416 girls from BPL families of 66 villages in Anugul and Koraput districts of Odisha. These girls are reading in 45 different schools and under this scheme Company is bearing all expenditure for education and promotion of talent from 8th to 10th class.

Scheme is now joined by employees of the company.

About National Aluminium Company Limited

NALCO is a Navratna CPSE (Central Public Sector Enterprises) under Union Ministry of Mines. Centre Government holds 52% equity of NALCO.

It was established in 1981, with its registered office at Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

It is one of the largest integrated primary producer of Aluminium in Asia.

It encompasses entire vale chain from bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting and casting, power generation, rail and port operations.

What is Corporate Social Responsibility?

CSR is funding and grants process undertaken by corporate sector under which they provide financial and other support to Non-Profit Organisations (NGOs). Under Companies Act, 2013 it is a mandatory provision for companies to provide a contribution of 2% of average of their net profits.

President Pranab Mukherjee stresses on woman education

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Saakshar Bharat Awards, 2014 at International Literacy Day which was celebrated by the National Literacy Mission Authority, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development at special celebrations organized at Vigyan Bhawan.
In his speech he expressed satisfaction on the improved and increased stress on education of the girl child and also merging the prevalent gender biases, by the new government. “If the mission enables the Indian woman to take charge of her life and health and feel more confident in her immediate physical and social environment; if literacy helps her to overcome deprivation, discrimination and injustice, then we can say that an important objective has been achieved,” he added.
He laid notable focus on educating weaker and deprived sections of the society while suggesting ways to raise the percentage of national literacy to international standards of 84%. His emphasis was both on tangible and intangible aspects of the education and literacy. He appreciated the target of 80% literacy in India by 2017 as outlined by the government.
Smt. Smriti Irani in her speech, expressed the importance of education in today’s world and said the celebrations were to make the public aware of the role education can play in their lives and help steer a great change in the society. She brought up the facts that the literacy rate of 73% was not reflected in the female population which is a matter of grave concern for the government.
The function was attended by other dignitaries, guests and beneficiaries and functionaries of adult education programme.