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 on Tuesday.

President of India Ram Nath Kovind, finance and corporate affairs minister, Nirmala Sitharaman and minister of state for finance and corporate affairs, Anurag Singh Thakur graced the occasion.

Nalco director(HR) Basant Kumar Thakur received the Award from minister Anurag Singh Thakur.

Congratulating the Nalco Collective on this achievement, the CMD Tapan Kumar Chand said, “The journey for the Ladli of Nalco began in 2015. Today, we have been recognized 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.”

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 aspiration districts of the country.

With a view to augment the scheme, NALCO has launched an innovative Employee Social Responsibility (ESR) programme recently, which offers employees a satisfying way to meaningfully contribute towards social causes. Under this scheme, the employees of the company get a chance to adopt the Ladlis and support their education.