December 11, 2017

Tata Power's Industrial Energy organises an awareness rally on World AIDS Day in Kalinganagar

Kalinganagar | Bhubaneshwar: Tata Power, India's largest integrated power company, has continuously undertaken several initiatives to promote awareness on health issues in an effort to improve the lives of communities living across its areas of operation. Upholding this commitment, Tata Power’s Industrial Energy Limited (IEL), a joint venture of Tata Power and Tata Steel, organised an awareness rally on HIV / AIDS on the World AIDS Day in Kalinganagar.

Tata Power's Industrial Energy Limited management addressing the gathering

The objective of this initiative was to inform and educate the community, especially the youth, on the perils of the disease, causes, and precautionary methods. More than 300 college students along with college staff and IEL volunteers attended the rally. The rally started from Duburi college campus and ended at Duburi Chhack, covering a total of 2km. Each participant held placards with preventive messages on HIV/AIDS. The initiative also included an exhibition of drawings to spread awareness among students. The students were awarded a trophy by the chief guest, Asim Kumar De, CEO, Thermal, Tata Power.

Mr De informed the gathering that the subject is very sensitive needs to be handled carefully and its impact on human health is critical. “Corporate leaders, bureaucrats, political leaders, policymakers and NGO representatives should come forward to create awareness among general public which is the only way to prevent HIV,” he added.

DK Sahoo, group head, CSR, spoke on the role and responsibility of the students to prevent HIV/AIDS and create awareness among the general public. The principal of Kapileswar Mahabidyalay, Duburi, also presided over the programme.

Speaking on the initiative, Vijayant Ranjan, CEO, IEL and chief, Kalinganagar Station said, “We, as a responsible company firmly believe that spreading awareness about sensitive issues like AIDS among the community will help and benefit our society as a whole. HIV/AIDS is a deadly disease and it is very important to sensitise people about its prevention and eradication. Students and youth today play a major role in the society. We undertook this initiative to spread this message for them and through them. We are glad to see the positive response from all the participants and hope to continue organising such initiatives in the future for the betterment of the society”.

The participants at the rally included Odiya cinema actress Chandini Jena, employees of IEL, BC Mahi, BP Praharaj, Sanjay Sahoo, Rashmi Pattanayak, Subrat Roy, college students, CAAD (NGO) representatives and some of the local youth. The rally was witnessed by more than 1,200 people on either sides of the road and the Duburi market.