Odisha Sun Times Business Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 26:
Navaratna PSU National Aluminium Company Ltd (NALCO) organized the 19th Plant Level Advisory Committee (PLAC) meeting at its corporate headquarters in the state capital of Odisha today.
Presiding over the meeting, NALCO CMD Ansuman Das said in the context of globalization, it is evident that the Micro & Small Enterprises (MSE) units should lay more emphasis on maintaining quality, cost competitiveness and technological upgradations.
“NALCO is always eager to support the MSEs, in whatever way is feasible,” he said.
He also said that the concrete efforts put in both by NALCO and MSE units, with the requisite support from the concerned Government bodies, had helped build up a rising trend in the business dealings between them.
Sharing his views on the upcoming Aluminium Park at Angul, Das said the park is expected to promote downstream and ancillary industries. NALCO has committed to supply 50,000 MTs of hot metal to the JV Company. Odisha based industries should take advantage of it.
Speaking on the occasion, state secretary, MSME, Panchanan Dash advised District Industries Centres (DICs) to be more active as facilitators between NALCO and the MSEs.
Other dignitaries present at the meeting appreciated the role of NALCO as mother industry and expressed their satisfaction on the company’s efforts in promotion of ancillary and MSE units in the state.
A booklet ‘Product Profile for Micro and Small Enterprises’, printed by NALCO’s S&P Complex, was released on this occasion.
Among others, Sarat Chandra Naik, special secretary, state Industries department and Nityananda Palai, director of Industries, were present on the occasion and held discussions with the members and representatives of various MSEs and ancillary industries of the state.
B Mohanty, GM, DIC, Bhubaneswar read out the overall purchase statistics while BK Dash, additional director, DIC, Cuttack proposed the vote of thanks.
In her welcome address, Soma Mondal, Director (Commercial), NALCO, highlighted NALCO’s concern as a mother industry towards promoting the interest of local Micro & Small Enterprises (MSE).
During the meeting, presentations were made by NALCO officials explaining the methodology of placement of orders on ancillary units.
The items identified for purchases from MSE/Ancillary units were also discussed at the meeting.
It may be mentioned here that Nalco has given ancillary status to 57 MSEs of Odisha.
PLAC members, representatives from OSIC, Directorate of Industries, Export Promotion & Marketing (EP&M), along with representatives of Odisha Small Scale Industries Association, Odisha Young Entrepreneurs Association, Odisha Assembly of Small & Medium Enterprises, Utkal Chambers of Commerce and Industries and others were present on the occasion.