NTPC Bongaigaon starts 4-week long Girl Empowerment Mission (GEM)
New Delhi: NTPC has provided a great platform for empowerment of girls to showcase their talents and capabilities which will nurture their creativity and sharpen their psychological, social and emotional growth for lifetime, said Smt. Varnali Deka, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kokrajhar while inaugurating the four-week Girl Empowerment Mission (GEM) at its premises at Salakati, Kokrajhar. Ms. Deka added that NTPC as an energy company has set an example by doing such noble initiatives which volumes about the commitment of the company towards community development.
Earlier, Shri Subrata Mandal, Executive Director, NTPC Bongaigaon is conducting the program for the 1st time and said that shortlisted 40 girls of age group 10-12 years have come a long way right from the baseline survey, medical examination, registration process and finally at this campus. Shri Mandal added that NTPC started GEM in 2018, and contributed to the empowerment of underprivileged girls in the vicinity of its project locations. Till date, NTPC has empowered more than 4500 girls across the nation, he highlighted. He thanked the BTR Government, district administration and the Department of Education in supporting NTPC Bongaigaon since the conceptualisation of the program.
Ms. Jayasree Mandal, President Bardwi Shikla Ladies Club also spoke on the occasion where she said, women have always played an important role towards laying the foundation stone of a value-based society and NTPC GEM program is that foundation stone which will enable the society to respect and make women independent and self-reliant.
NTPC GEM programme will empower girls from across the country and make them aware of basic education, health and self-defence. With this initiative, NTPC aims to help these girls break the glass ceiling and dispel the misconception about female foeticide in rural areas.
The above girls are being shortlisted in association with the Deptt of Education, Kokrajhar and with the assistance of District Administration, Health Deptt and BTC Administration. In the coming 4 weeks, the girls will be provided training on different subjects, life skills and will be engaged in extracurricular activities such as outdoor games, puppetry, yoga etc. The CSR initiative will ensure that the girl child grows into a well-rounded adult, with ample curiosity and quality communication and social skills.
Since its inception, the company has laid focus on creating pioneering Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices that have had a permanent sustainable impact on the lives of the people. NTPC will continue to spearhead such initiatives and touch the lives of the marginalized people and ensure that they live their lives with dignity.
The program was attended by Shri Umesh Singh, GM (O&M), Shri Arunashis Das, GM (Projects), Shri Sanjay Pandey, GM (FGD), Shri G.M.Thangzom, Deputy Commandant, CISF, parents of the children, school principals, chairperson of VCDCs, senior officials of CISF and NTPC, employees, union and associations and NTPC wards.
An in-house colourful cultural program by NTPC wards on the theme of girl empowerment was also performed on the occasion.