Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 27:
The Odisha government today asked public sector aluminium major National Aluminium Company (Nalco) to appoint one member each of the 235 families who have been displaced by its Damanjodi project in Koraput district in accordance with their merit.
The directive was issued by chief minister Naveen Patnaik while presiding over a review meeting on Nalco’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance and its periphery developmental works at the State Secretariat here.
The chief minister asked the Nalco authorities to submit the action taken report (ATR) on the appointment of the displaced family members to the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) and asked the RDC to monitor the appointment process.
Stating that since Nalco has earned a profit of Rs 1220 crore in 2011-12, Rs 905 crore in 2012-13 and Rs 918 crore in 2013-14 fiscal, Patnaik said the company should invest a substantial amount of its profit in the CSR and periphery developmental works. He asked the Nalco authorities to review non-utilisation of its CSR funds in 2012-13 and 2013-14 fiscal and arrive at a solution in this regard within 10 days.
He also advised the company to prepare a road map for setting up model schools and skill development centres in the displaced areas in a specified time-frame and prepare a work plan for setting up a medical college it had assured the state government earlier.
The chief minister asked the company to formulate a grievance redressal mechanism and depute a senior company official to the grievance cell of the district collector to solve the problems of the local people in coordination with the district administration and people’s representatives.
Health and family welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Energy minister Pranab Prakash Das, Angul MLA Rajanikant Singh, chief secretary, development commissioner, additional chief secretary, Finance, Nalco chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) and senior officials of the company were present at the meeting.
The government directive came on a day when Tapan Kumar Chand took over as the Chiarman cum Managing Director (CMD) of the public sector behemoth.