A BCCL tableau on women’s empowerment at Nehru Complex in Dhanbad on Thursday. Picture by Gautam Dey
An early morning all-religion prayer meet organised by CISF at Koyla Nagar marked the beginning of the 38th Foundation Day celebrations of Coal India Limited on Thursday.
The festivities centred around the BCCL headquarters in Dhanbad. One of the seven wholly-owned subsidiaries of Coal India, the programmes highlighted BCCL’s achievements.
A tableaux procession was taken out from Nehru Complex to ISM. The tableaux of four departments of BCCL — medical, women in public sector, environment and multipurpose water supply — attracted much interest. The rally, which began at 8am, weaved its way through Saraidhela and Karmik Nagar before reaching ISM main gate.
The action then shifted to the BCCL Central Hospital at Jagjivan Nagar. At 10am, members of BCCL Officer’s Wives Association distributed fruits and sweets among patients and Grade IV employees at the hospital, where a diabetes detection camp was organised.
The main function started at 11am with BCCL’s director personnel P.E. Kachchap hoisting the Coal India flag.
Kachchap, who graced the occasion as chief guest as CMD T.K. Lahiry was away in Calcutta to participate in the main function at the CIL headquarters, highlighted the contribution of BCCL in the overall growth of CIL. He said BCCL generated a revenue of around Rs 1,300 crore during the 2012-13 fiscal and the company had witnessed continuous growth in production and profit for the last five years.
Highlighting human resource development activities of the company, Kachchap said literacy training had been conducted for women labourers in association with Central Board of Workers Education. Altogether 345 out of 650 illierate women employees had already won certificates while 174 others would be provided certificates on November 2.
Kachchap revealed that 41 residential colonies of the company equipped with all facilities would be developed across Dhanbad in the next three years.
Director technical (planning) Ashok Sarkar and others were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile altogether 17 stall were put up highlighting the achievements of different areas of the BCCL including the environment department stall in which the ecological restoration work carried on Mines Overburden was displayed through models
Games and sports events for visually challenged, hearing impaired and children of Belgarhia would be organised as part of the celebrations, besides a prize distribution function for the different collieries of BCCL.