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Annual Mines Safety Fortnight concludes with prize distribution ceremony at MCL



Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) organized the prize distribution ceremony of Annual Mines Safety Fortnight 2022-23 at company headquarters in Sambalpur on Tuesday under the aegis of Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS), Bhubaneswar Region I & II.

Prabhat Kumar, Director General, DGMS, Dhanbad was the chief guest of the ceremony which was presided over by OP Singh, Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD), MCL whereas SD Chiddarwar, Deputy Director General, DGMS, South Eastern Zone, Ranchi was the guest of honour.

The dignitaries also paid tribute to coal miners who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty, contributing to the nation’s energy security.

On the sidelines, an exhibition consisting of 23 exhibits was also inaugurated by the dignitaries. The exhibits displayed innovative insights, equipment display, Artificial Intelligence based devices which can play an important role in mining operations.

Prabhat Kumar, in his address, lauded MCL’s remarkable efforts in enhancing safety standards. He praised MCL’s pioneering initiative of Virtual Reality-based training, highlighting its potential to elevate safety within the mining sector.

Kumar stressed that with the advent of technology in the coal mining sector, production has increased manifolds, hence, it is the need of the hour to incorporate advanced safety features at the workplace. He further advised that we should walk an extra mile in customizing the technology as per our requirement enhancing safety.

MCL CMD OP Singh in his address reiterated the resolution of MCL –‘safety is our utmost priority’. He extended his regards to the collaborative efforts of DGMS, Trade union leaders and MCL Parivar in ensuring safety and maintaining the status of number one coal producing company for MCL.

He further said that Vocational Training Centers in the areas are being upgraded to hi-tech smart classrooms to impart VR-based simulated training to 17,000 workers.

A total of 86 awards were presented during the ceremony, honoring individuals, contractors, mines, and areas that exhibited exceptional dedication and excellence. A souvenir was also released on this occasion by the dignitaries.

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