NRL felicitates cultural icons
NRL to support talented boxers of the state

Guwahat i5-July-2011: NRL has decided to support upcoming talented boxers of the state Shiva Thapa and Minu Basumatary in their endeavor towards earning laurels for the State and the country. This is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative which amongst others promotes Sports, Arts and Culture . An amount of Rs. 2.6 lakhs was handed over to the two boxers as first installment of the sponsorship amount by NRL MD Mr. Dipak Chakravarty. The company will provide for the sports kit and bear the expenditure for training abroad and the diet for the two young players.

Later in the day a press meet was organized by Assam Amateur Boxing Association at Assam Olympic Association Conference hall of Nehru Stadium, which was addressed by Mr. Hemanta Kalita, General Secretary, where he announced the company’s initiative. NRL also proposes to sponsor the players run to London Olympic, 2012 if they qualify for the same. It pertinent to mention that Shiva Thapa won the gold medal in recently concluded World Youth Boxing Championship held at Antlya, Turkey. He will participate Youth Boxing Championship at Colombo and Asian Boxing Championship at South Korea in August, after which he will play the Olympic qualifying tournament. The other emerging boxer of this era Minu Basumatary has already won two gold medals in the Junior National Championship, 2007, 2008 and two silver medals in Junior National Championship 2009. Both players are busy in the ongoing Olympic Training Camp at Patiala

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika
Asom Ratna and the cultural icon of Assam - singer, composer, lyricist, litterateur, music director and film director, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika was felicitated by employees and associates of Numaligarh Refinery Limited on 01-05-09 at Numaligarh. At a function held at Numaligarh Refinery Township premises, Dr. Hazarika was honoured with a citation and a cheque presented by NRL MD, Dr. B.K.Das. Dr. Hazarika arrived on a visit to Numaligarh Refinery on 30-04-09 and interacted with NRL employees and their families, who gathered in large numbers to meet and pay their regards and respects to the living legend of the State.
Late Dilip Sarma and Sudakshina Sarma
NRL felicitated the Sahitya Academy award winner couple of noted Assamese cultural icon, singer and artist Late Dilip Sarma posthumously along with his wife prominent singer Smt. Sudakshina Sarma at Guwahati on 26-08-2009. At a solemn function held at the Pub Sarania residence of the Sarmas, a citation and a cheque was presented to Smt Sudakshina Sarma by MD NRL, Dr. B.K.Das in presence of representatives from different cultural and literary entities of NRL viz Numaligarh Sakha Sahitya Sabha, Community centre, Kaliyani Club, Rangchali Club and Numali Club.
Deepali Borthakur and Neelpawan Barua
NRL felicitated the artist couple of famous singer Padmashree Deepali Borthakur and her husband noted painter and sculptor Neelpawan Barua for their invaluable contribution in enriching the social and cultural fabric of Assam through the medium of art and culture. At a solemn function held at the residence of the couple on 26-02-2010, a citation along with a cash award was presented to them by MD NRL, Dr. B.K.Das and Director ( Technical) NRL, Mr. Dipak Chakravarty in presence of representatives from different cultural and literary entities of NRL viz. Numaligarh Sakha Sahitya Sabha, Community centre, Kaliyani Club, Rangchali Club and Numali Club.
Shri Rameshwar Pathak
Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight Award 2006
As part of its endeavour towards promoting Arts, Sports and Culture, NRL felicitated the doyen of Kamrupi Lokageet, well known vocalist and Sangeet Natak Akademi winner Shri Rameshwar Pathak. At a somber function held on 26-09-2010 at his Guwahati residence, Shri Pathak was feted by NRL MD Dr. BK Das and Director (Technical) Shri Dipak Chakravarty . A cash award was presented to Shri Pathak for his contribution in enriching the socio-cultural arena of the State through the medium of his folk songs. Representatives from various socio-cultural entities of NRL were present at the function. Accepting the honour bestowed upon him, Shri Pathak thanked the NRL management for this noble gesture .
NRL hands over Personal Computers to Asom Jatiya Bidyalay
Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight Award 2006

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility which strongly espouses the cause of Education, Numaligarh Refinery Limited today handed over 15 sets of Personal Computers (PCs) to Asom Jatiya Bidyalay, Guwahati. At a function held in the premises of the School, MD NRL Dr. B. K . Das inaugurated the new computer laboratory hosting the PCs supplied with Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) to the school and expressed hope that it would benefit the students in enabling their computer skills, which has become a very important part of everyday life. Earlier, Mr. Basanta Deka, President Management Committee of Asom Jatiya Bidyalay welcomed MD NRL and other senior officers of NRL accompanying him at the special assembly of the school and praised the efforts of the Company in contributing towards the cause of education. MD NRL in his address congratulated the teachers and students of the School for achieving stellar academic performance year after year due to which it had earned the distinction of being the hallmark of quality education in the State.

n its unrelenting march to spread the light of education which is one of the major focus areas in NRL’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy , NRL has dedicatedly worked towards supporting schools and educational institutions by building infrastructure, distributing books, carrying out coaching classes, instituting scholarships for meritorious students, encouraging the education of the girl child through special schemes , sponsoring educational excursions, recognizing schools which have performed well in Matric and Higher Secondary and many other such schemes which support the cause of education.

NRL funds boat clinic of C-NES
Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight Award 2006

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) has announced a sponsorship amount of Rs. 12 lakhs for the Centre of North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) to support its innovative boat clinic initiative in Assam. The first installment of Rs. 4 lakhs was handed over by MD NRL Dr. B. K Das to C- NES Managing Trustee, Sanjoy Hazarika today.

“Among the most marginalized people in Assam, nearly 30 lakh or ten percent of the State’s population live on its islands in the mighty Brahmaputra and for decades have struggled to survive at a basic level,” said C-NES Managing Trustee and journalist of national repute, Sanjoy Hazarika.

“We are delighted to welcome NRL as our newest partner in this mission of taking sustained health care and other development services to this excluded population. Ours is primarily a partnership with the National Rural Health Mission of the State Government but we have important support from the public sector units such as Oil India Ltd and members of the tea industry as also from an international organization such as UNICEF.”

C-NES provides basic health care services, through specially designed boats equipped with laboratories as well as pharmacies on board, to these river islands – it now has boat clinic teams in 13 districts of Assam, a major upscaling from the single district when it began its innovative initiative in 2005 at Dibrugarh. This has been done through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with NRHM since 2008.

The goal is to reach 10 lakh persons or one third of the state’s vulnerable population who live on islands on the Brahmaputra by 2011-12, with a special focus on women and children, who are the most vulnerable in difficult conditions (Assam has India’s worst Maternal Mortality rate at 480, higher than Bihar or Uttar Pradesh, and a high Infant Mortality Rate). Over 3 lakh persons have been covered so far.

On board are fully fledged medical teams (two doctors, three nurses as well as lab technicians and pharmacists) which conduct regular camps organized through a network of community health workers and organizers in the district.

C-NES’ unique health clinic story began with a single boat, a prototype called Akha in Dibrugarh district in 2005; since then it has spread to other districts to dramatically upscale the programme to reach the socially and geographically excluded groups. The districts covered are Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, North Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Morigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari and Dhubri, with new boat clinics soon to commerce work in three new districts: Kamrup, Goalpara, Bongaigaon.

The NRL donated Boat Clinic is likely to be placed at Sonitpur district of Assam.

Help for Majuli Flood victims
NRL came forward to offer help to the people of Majuli, the largest inhabited riverine island in the world where 1.7 lakh people were affected with the devastating floods which gripped the island . At a solemn public gathering in the island on 21st September 2008, 40 nos. of Canvass Tarpaulin Tents , 4000 packets of Baby Food ( Cerelac) and 16 tonnes of Cattle Feed were provided from NRL as flood relief materials to the people of Majuli .
Espousing the cause of Education : Gyandeep, Prerona, Dronacharyya and Gyanyatra – Awards 2008

NRL has been taking up various motivational activities to enhance the educational environment around the refinery. Education is identified as one of the primary focus areas of NRL’s structured Community Development programme. As part of the ongoing efforts in his field, cash awards to the meritorious students from the schools within 10 kms radius have been instituted which not only helps them financially but also serves as a motivational tool for the students. The awards for the year 2008 was distributed on 31st July, 2008 in a ceremonial function organised in Ponka Rupram Hazarika High School, Telgaram. The Deputy Commissioner of Golaghat Sri Dipak Kumar Goswami and Inspector Schools, Golaghat Sri Kabiruddin Ahmed was special invitees in the function. The Chairman of Numaligarh Refinery Community Development Committee Sri Dilip Kumar Goswami explained various activities under community development schemes of NRL and educational activities in particular. Sri Dipak Kumar Goswami, DC Golaghat advised the students and teachers about discipline, dedication and determination under all odds in his oratory and urged the young students to strive to be model citizens. There was a huge gathering of students, guardians, parents and media persons. After the meeting, a career counselling program was also held for the students which was conducted by ‘Career Care’ of Guwahati.

All the awards have been designed to benefit target groups amongst students and teachers. A brief gist the awards is given below:

a) Gyandeep Award: Under this scheme, cash award is given to the meritorious students of the examination centers within 10 kms radius of refinery. The amount of this award was as per the following slabs–

  1. Secured 1st Division in Class – X - Rs.10,000.00
  2. Secured Star Marks in Class – X - Rs.12,000.00
  3. Rank Holder in 20 positions in Class – X - Rs.15,000.00
  4. Secured 1st Division in Class – XII - Rs.15,000.00
  5. Secured Star Marks in Class – XII - Rs.17,000.00
  6. Rank Holder in 20 positions in Class – XII - Rs.20,000.00

This year alone, 64 students from 19 schools and colleges received Gyandeep award.

b) Prerona Award: Under this scheme, cash awards are given to the first, second and third position holder girls students in Class-VIII, IX and X of the schools in the within 10 kms radius of refinery. 246 students from 27 schools benefited from this award this year which is divided into the following slabs in order of rank achieved by the girl students :

1st Position - Rs. 3,000.00
2nd Position - Rs. 2,000.00
3rd Position - Rs. 1,000.00

c) Dronacharyya Award : Teaching is a noble profession and teachers shoulder the great responsibility to educate the future of our country and instil the right values. In order to motivate and encourage teachers to put in their very best of dedication and devotion, a new cash award scheme - “Dronacharyya”, was introduced this year. Under this scheme NRL proposes to award Rs.10,000.00 against each student secured 1st Division in HSLC Examination subject to maximum of Rs.50,000.00 to any school. This amount will be a corpus fund of the teachers of the school and shall be utilized to the benefit of the teachers fraternity of the school. This year alone, NRL has disbursed an amount of Rs.2,40,000.00 to 10 schools against 26 students secured 1st division in HSLC against the scheme.

d) Gyanyatra : In addition to the above, this year saw NRL formulate another very effective and motivational scheme for the benefit of the students – “Gyanyatra”. In this scheme, first 10 meritorious students with accompanying teachers from the schools within 10 kms radius of refinery were granted financial assistance to undertake an educational excursion to Delhi and Agra. This year a total of 290 people including students, teachers, medical team, volunteers, etc. visited Delhi and Agra in two groups. The first team left Numaligarh on 22nd April and second team left on 25th April,2008. A co-ordination committee – “Gyanyatra Co-ordination Committee – 2008” was constituted among the teachers by the schools to look after the entire process.Upon return from the expedition, an essay competition was held by the committee in Numaligarh High School among the students on the travel experience and three students were selected. Cash awards of Rs.10,000.00, Rs.7,500.00 and Rs.5,000.00 were given to first three winners of the essay competition in the same function for Gyandeep, Prerona nd Dronacharyya on 31st July, 2008.

 Water Storage Facilities For Golaghat Municipal Board

NRL reconstructed the overhead storage water tank of Golaghat Municipal Board at a total cost of Rs. 8.50 lakhs, which also included the cost of consultancy for treatment of drinking water through a reputed firm which specialises in such jobs, M/s Ion Exchange, Bangalore. The Storage Tank was formally inaugurated by the Chairman CD Steering Committee , Mr. D. K Goswami on 15-11-07 . DC, Golaghat , Mr. D.K.Goswami was also present on the occasion. In the inaugural function held at Golaghat, the report of M/S Ion Exchange was also handed over to Chairman , Golaghat Municipal Board.

 Ambulance For Assam Bhaven, Mumbai
NRL donated an ambulance to Assam Bhavan, Mumbai for the benefit of cancer patients from Assam who proceed to the metropolis for treatment. The ambulance is expected to ferry patients to and fro from various hospitals across the city thereby reducing considerable amount of inconvenience faced in arranging for transport in a big city like Mumbai.

The handing over ceremony of the ambulance took place in a small function held in Assam Bhavan, Mumbai on 4th of December’07 to mark the commencement of the services. The function was was attended by NRL MD, Dr. B. K. Das, Director ( Technical), Mr. Dipak Chakravarty, Director( Finance), Mr. Nilmoni Bhakta, Commissioner(Planning) Govt. of Assam Mr. H.S. Das, Director, NRL Mr. J.P. Rajkhowa, Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Assam, Mr. Debashish Sarma, Chairman CD Steering Committee NRL, Mr. D.K. Goswami , Co. Secy, NRL Mr. H.K.Sarmah along with all inmates of Assam Bhawan including patients & their attendants. The key of the TATA SUMO vehicle was formally handed over by MD to the Resident Commissioner, Assam Bhawan
 Aid for Bokakhat Crematorium
NRL has lend a helping hand for upgradation of facilities in the Bokakhat Crematorium. A resting place for the people accompanying their near and dear ones in their final journey shall be put up with the grant of Rs. 4.88 lakhs to be provided for the noble project. 50 % of the sanctioned amount was handed over by CM(PR), Mr. B.Barooah to the Chairman of the Crematorium development committee, Mr. Jiten Bora in the last week of December’07. The foundation stone for the project was also laid so that work is completed at the earliest possible time.
 Grant for Herbarium
Kaziranga Wild life Society under the able guidance of Dr. Padmeswar Gogoi, renowned botanist conceived the idea of setting up of a herbarium to showcase the rich and diverse species of flora and fauna found in the region. NRL will be supporting this noble venture which is estimated to cost Rs. 4.36 lakhs.