Tata Steel organises Biodiversity Awareness Fest

Sukinda: With an aim to sensitize students and the community about the importance of preserving and protecting biodiversity through art and painting, Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM) of Tata Steel in Jajpur district organized a two-day “Jaibakala Vividhata” programme on biodiversity. Around 700 students from nearby panchayats of Sukinda block including Ransaol, Chingudipal, Kaliapani, Dolapada and Birasal, participated in the competition.

Apart from the school students, some village youth and women from the locality also participated in the competition. There was also a mimicry competition on various sounds of animals and birds for the students.

Commending the steel major for the initiative, BK Pattnaik, chairman, State Expert Appraisal Committee, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, said such events would instill a feeling of love and belongingness towards nature and biodiversity in the minds of school children.

R R Satpathy, General Manager, Operations, Ferro Alloys and Minerals Division, Tata Steel said this is a part of a series of initiatives SCM is undertaking to create awareness on protection and preservation of biodiversity among the community particularly youngsters.

Among others Prasad Das, sr. scientist, Odisha State Bio-Diversity Board, Jayant Kumar Das, sr lecturer, BK College of Art and Crafts, Raj Kumar Singh, chief, Procurement, Tata Steel, Rajesh Patel, chief, Mining, SCM addressed the gathering.