Award given for excellent implementation of projects in Agriculture, Cooperative and Community Development Areas
IndiaCSR News Network
BALCONAGAR (Chhattisgarh): Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (Balco) has been honoured for the excellent implementation of projects and creating awareness about them in areas of Agriculture, Cooperative and Community Development. Punnulal Mohle, Minister for Food & Civil Supplies, Govt. of Chhattisgarh handed over the award to Vijay Bajpai, Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications, Balco and Robin Jeeva, Assistant Manager, Community Development, Balco.
Punnulal Mohle, Chief Guest at the function congratulated the awardees and their organisations and wished them a bright and prosperous future ahead. In his address, Mohle emphasised on the importance of balanced growth of industry and agriculture in the State. Mr. Mohle also shared that with the arrival of private organisations, the face of the State was surely going to change for the better in the future.
On this occasion, Nand Kumar Sai, M.P.(Rajya Sabha), Satya Narayan Sharma, M.L.A, Raipur Rural, Naveen Markanday, M.L.A, Aarang, Ashok Bajaj, Chairman, Chhattisgarh State Cooperative Bank were present at the function along with lot of local representatives and esteemed residents of Raipur.
A glimpse at Balco’s emphasis on Cooperative Programme: With an intention to help the needy, Balco started the Baadi, Jalgram and Watershed projects through the Agriculture and Cooperative mediums. The Projects have the support of Nabard and major NGOs. Tribal families have been included in the Baadi Project. Their barren land is made fertile by the plantation of fruit bearing trees. Emphasis is also given to the ‘Women Empowerment’ through the formation of self-help groups. Nearly 1000 families from Mainpat and Bodai-Daldali are part of this Project.
The Jalgram project is currently implemented in four villages of Korba District, namely Dondro, Jambahar, Chuyiya and Rughbehri. Under this project emphasis is given to development of check dams, construction of ponds and improvement in irrigation facilities. Apart from these the farmers are also trained on latest farming methods, progressive seeds and fertilisers usage. As a result of Balco’s efforts, Village Dondro is now part of those areas of Korba District where ‘Rabi’ Crop is also grown.
Balco has implemented the Watershed Project in four villages, namely, Parsakhola, Saraipaali, Bhatgaon and Rughbehri. This has been done with a view to conserve and improve the environment, develop greenery and to enhance the area under irrigation. 1499 hectares have been included in the purview of the project. Till date, in the four villages under the project work has been done for variouis construction. Self-Help groups are being given training on skill development. The trained groups are actively involved in poultry farming, mushroom farming, Detergent powder manufacturing etc. As a result of the project, the villagers are getting jobs in their own villages.