Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Power developer LANCO starts scholarships in Sikkim School

Majhitar (Rangpo)Nov11: In compliance of its Corporate Social responsibility, LANCO Energy Private Limited in a social welfare programme held at Majhitar Primary School Ground, East Sikkim, distributed scholarship to 18 meritorious students of different schools of South Sikkim where the company is working.
Building and Housing Department Minister Mrs. Tilu Gurung was chief guest and Mr. BS Panth, MLA, Temi-Namphing and Chairman, Power Department, was guest of honour of the programme which was attended by SDPO Mr. Hari Tewari, General Manager LANCO, Mr. SK Sarkar, Advisor Mr. RK Pradhan and Unit Head Mr. BK Ojha. Teachers, students and panchayat members of Namthang-Rateypani and Temi- Namphing constituencies were present in large number.
Mrs. Gurung appreciated LANCO for its involvement in social activities. “Many big companies are currently operating in the state as a result of Chief Minister Dr. Pawan Chamling’s visionary schemes”, she said, adding, “he had the idea of converting unused barren land and ever flowing water of Sikkim into main revenue generator”.
Chief Guest Mrs. Gurung said, 75% of LANCO’s total project is in Namthang-Rateypani constituency. She called upon company officials to have a coordination meeting in near future with her and panchayats of the constituency. More and more locals should be benefited by the company so that they will have full faith in them, she said. She urged the company to come forward in spreading education among people. She asked for total transparency in every project and emphasized on better coordination with locals. She called upon the company to construct a community hall at Namthang.
Guest of Honour Mr. Panth said, every policy of the company should be people-friendly and pro-people. He also praised LANCO for its social activities. He said, “Our people are very innocent, even our youths”, and urged the company officials “to keep a human touch with locals”. “Every company has socio-corporate responsibilities”, he underlined. No hatred or humiliation should be mated to the locals, he emphasized. He congratulated LANCO for encouraging local students with scholarship.
Mentioning dinking water scarcity of Namphing area, Mr. Panth asked LANCO to extend its helping hand in the matter. The company, while doing its construction work, should also maintain greenery and care for conservation of forest, he noted. He advised that the proposed construction of a barrage at Sirwani should be tourism-centric. Manpari-Samardung road should be completed shortly, he told the company.
“Our unskilled youths should be provided skill development training by the company and then employed”, Mr. Panth emphasized. He said the State government will provide every possible legal help to the company. Panchayats also addressed the meeting.
Company officials informed, total 409 locals are employed so far. Every year the State will be paid a revenue of Rs.1.50 crore. On the day, scholarship was given to students of Namthang, Kabrey , Bermiok Tokal and other schools of Temi Namphing and Namthang Rateypani constituency. Fire Fighting pump was handed over to Manpari Busty by LANCO.
On the occasion, a health camp was also organized by the company for handicapped people of the two constituencies. Another camp will organized shortly at Namthang, it is informed. Students of Majhitar School presented a cultural programme on the occasion.

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