|Gumla Cooperative gets Times Impact Award|
TNN Aug 12, 2012,
It was a unique experience for the unsung heroes of Jharkhand when they shared dais with representatives of leading corporate and business houses to be felicitated with the emerging Jharkhand Times Impact Award 2012 here on Saturday. It was a function in which deputy chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh along with Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda felicitated all those who contributed towards the development of Jharkhand in their own spheres.
As many as 22 awards were given in various categories from over 100 nominations received in different sections. The awards given to most admired unsung heroes received huge applause from the audience which included activist and filmmaker Meghanath, environmentalist and champion of dam and canal network at Bero village Simon Raja and Angara farmer Govardhan Munda who used the drip irrigation technique in his village to encourage judicious use of water.
CM Arjun Munda bagged the "Peoples Choice" award for his contributions towards the development of Jharkhand on the basis of online voting invited from the common people. Accepting the award from Ahluwalia, the chief minister said it was, indeed, surprising to be honoured in the home state. He, however, expressed happiness that the common people of the state have selected him for the award.
Bokaro Steel Plant (BSP) and Hindustan Copper Limited ( HCL) jointly won the award in the most admired central public sector undertaking in mining and manufacturing category while the Ranchi-based Mecon received the award in service category of CPSUs.
In the category of most admired private sector undertaking in mining and manufacturing, Tata Steel and Jindal Steel bagged the Impact Award whereas Radisson Blu, Ranchiwas adjusted the best in private sector service category. While Tata Steel needs no mention for its contribution in the growth of the nation, Jindal Steel is also an emerging steel unit in Jharkhand with promising prospects having started its operations in the state with bar and wire mills.
World no. 1 archer Deepika Kumari was felicitated for her achievements as the most admired icon along with Team India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. While Dhoni was not present to receive the award, Deepika received it from Ahluwalia and promised to continue improving her performance in future events.
Out of the ten nominees in the education sector, Xavier Labour Research Institute, Jamshedpur, BIT Mesra and Ranchi Tool Room were selected by the jury for their commendable contributions.
Sarita Devi of Silam village in Gumla district who founded the Gumla Gramin Poultry Cooperative Society was felicitated in the category of most admired work in women empowerment, while Jharcraft, was selected for most admired state PSU. Among non-governmental organizations, Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra run by the Usha Martin Group of Industries and Association Against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children were felicitated for their role.
Ashok Foundry and Equipment, Bokaro, Balaji Bricks Udyog, Jamshedpur and Precision Engineering, Ranchi were awarded for their contributions in the category of small and medium sector enterprises (SME).