Bhubaneswar: The Panchpatmali bauxite mine of National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has bagged five prestigious awards at the concluding ceremony of 20th Mines Environment and Mineral Conservation (MEMC) week, held under the aegis of Indian Bureau of Mines, Govt of India, at Bhubaneswar on last Saturday. In appreciation of outstanding mines, environment & mineral conservation, NALCO was awarded the ‘Par Excellence Award’. Besides, among other awards, the company also received the 1st prize in afforestation, 1st prize in reclamation & rehabilitation, 1st prize in sustainable development and 1st prize in overall performance ( in more than 5.5 million tonne per year mining capacity category). Appreciating the concerted efforts made by the employees, Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD of the company, conveyed hearty congratulations to NALCO Collective for the accolades and expressed that these awards are in recognitions to our continuous efforts in promoting environment friendly business practices and mine with the mind. On behalf of NALCO, Shri S. Chaudhuri, General Manager (Mines) and Shri Sanjaya Kumar Patnaik, AGM (Environment), received the award from Dr. Niranjan Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary (Mines), Government of India. It may be noted that NALCO’S Panchpatmali bauxite mine is only mines in the state of Odisha to be accorded a 5 star rating for implementation of the Sustainable Development Framework.