February 26, 2019: India’s leading Ferro Chrome manufacturer Balasore Alloys operating under ISPAT Brand name, has been conferred with the prestigious Greentech Silver CSR Award 2018 for its successful safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene project in Orissa’s Chirgunia Village in Jajpur District.
Mr. Sangram Mohanty receiving Greentech Silver Award – 2018 on behalf of Balasore Alloys Ltd. from Shri Kaleshwar Sharan,Chairman & CEO Greentech Foundation and Shri K.U.Thankachen, Director-Marketing, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd.
Greentech Foundation, a non-profit organization recognizes and honours outstanding companies for their CSR contribution demonstrating highest level of commitment to environment sustainability and improving the life of the community. Over 50 top Indian companies participated in the CSR category which consisted of application process followed by jury rounds.
On behalf of Balasore Alloys, the CSR Silver Award 2018 was received by Sangram Mohanty, Head CSR at a glittering Award ceremony at Hotel Vivanta-by Taj Panaji, Goa on February 26, 2019 amidst who’s who of India’s Corporate world, CEOs and environmentalist. The award was given by Shri Kamleshwar Sharan, Chairman & CEO Greentech Foundation and Shri K. U. Thankachen, Director - Marketing, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd. in the presence of Chief Guests including Mr. S.K Acharya, former CMD of Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd., Mr Vedprakash Mahawar, Director, ONGC and Mr R K Dubey, former CMD, Canara Bank.
“The reason why Balasore Alloys was conferred the CSR Silver Award 2018 is because the Company initiated a sustainable approach to implementing its safe drinking water projects within its health-hygiene-sanitation (WASH) programme and by adopting the Total Village Methodology (TVM). This has allowed Balasore Alloys to contribute to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) by contributing to the transformation of the lives of 1440 residents at Chirgunia Village at Jajpur District, Orissa. Our WASH programme further serves to empower women who can now learn new skills supported by Balasore Alloys, such as tailoring to supplement their family income, rather than spend long hours collecting water” said Anil Sureka, Managing Director, Balasore Alloys Ltd.
The company has facilitated water supply to the Chirgunia village community through pipeline network by constructing overhead tank of 20,000 ltrs having 110 numbers of water access next door to the community living in this area. Based on the WASH programme's success story, Balasore Alloys Ltd. is now replicating this model in the neighboring villages namely Rankia, Kohila and Kabata including adopted village of Baragaji in Jajpur District of Orissa, Mr. Sureka said.
Expressing happiness on receiving the Award recognition, Sangram Mohanty, CSR Head commented: “This award is a recognition of our determined efforts to support the change in the life of our community, by first giving them access to clean safe water with planned distribution supply system, which is a basic human right and a prerequisite to the realization of other human rights. Today, the women, children and residents of Chirgunia Village no longer walk miles to secure drinking water in constant risk to suffer from frequent diarrheal disease and intestinal parasites. A key innovation aspect of this CSR WASH project initiated by the Company is its scalability and sustainability which can be replicated by other Grampanchayats.”
“This recognition would not have been possible without the trust and support given to us by the villagers of Chirgunia and the local government authorities by agreeing to be a party in this transformation journey”, he added.