Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM) of Tata Steel, located in Jajpur district of Odisha, has bagged 5 awards in various categories including Par Excellence award as the best mine amongst all participating mines of Odisha from the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), Bhuabneswar Region.
On the concluding day of 19 th Annual Mines Environment and Mineral Conservation (MEMC) week 2016-17 celebration on January 13, 2017 at Bhuabneswar. SCM was adjudged first in Overall Performance and Systematic and Scientific development of mine, second in Dump Management and third position in Afforestation.
Mr Sabyasachi Mishra, Head, Mine, Sukinda Chromite Mine, Mr Nikhil Agarwal, Manager, Environment, Mr B R Dash, Sr, Manager, Mine Planning, SCM, Mr K C Behera, President and MrnHarihar Barik, General Secretary, SCM Workers’ Union received the awards on behalf of SCM. Mr R K Sinha, Controller General, IBM, Chief Guest of the award giving ceremony, Mr Debidutta Biswal, Member Secretary, Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Mr A B Panigrahi, Controller of Mines, Central Zone, IBM, Nagpur and Mr R Ganesam, Unit Head, UAIL gave away the awards.
Total 79 operating mines of Odisha including Iron, Manganese, Limestone, Granite, Chromite, etc . had participated in it. The prizes were given on the merit of environmental protection measures, soil conservation in the lease hold area, stakeholders management, sustainability measures taken in the mines. A panel of judges selected by IBM nominated the mine after rigorous assessment.
Being the first mine in the country to roll out Sustainable Development Framework in January 2016, a concept proposed and promoted by the Ministry of Mines, Government of India, for the development of culture of sustainable mining in the country, SCM had set the standards for best practices. It was also honoured with the prestigious Bala Gulshan Tandon Excellence Award for overall performance for the year 2015-16 given by Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) in October 2016, the premier mining body of the country and CII ITC Sustainability Award 2015 for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility.