ONGC webinar flags role of technology and innovation in Swachhta

As a part of the Swachhta Pakhwada 2021, ONGC CSR organized an educative webinar on “Technology & Innovative Practices in SWACHHTA” on 15 July 2021, with Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal as the Chief Guest.

Speaking at the virtual meet, Director (HR) exhorted that to have a Swachch Bharat, it is necessary to ease the lives of the people involved in manual scavenging. “We have done some work in empowering our manual scavengers with technologies like robotics. We should all pledge and commit to the cause of Swachhta and introduce new ideas to deal with better solid waste management,” said Dr Mittal.

Director (HR) at the webinar on “Technology & Innovative Practices in SWACHHTA”
Director (HR) at the webinar on “Technology & Innovative Practices in SWACHHTA”

Dr Mittal noted that the household solid wastes piling up in cities should be addressed urgently. Stating that in the near future ONGC will be considered as a model organization, Director (HR) said, “For this all of us need to volunteer a certain time every week towards cleanliness initiatives. ONGC has invested over Rs 900 crore towards the cause. We look forward for everyone’s involved participation in this.”

Earlier, a number of topics under technology and innovative practices that would help make India cleaner and greener were discussed at the webinar. The webinar included speakers from the industry who brought their perspective about how technology has impacted the way things were done in their field.

A video highlighting ONGC’s efforts under Swachhta Pakhwada 2021 was also featured during the webinar. Welcome address at the webinar was delivered by GGM (MM)-CSR D K Singh, who set the tone for the webinar well. An Audio-Visual was then projected to display various ONGC’s Innovative Swachhta Projects across time and how they have impacted people, country and planet over the years.

Prof. Vivek Kumar from Centre for Rural Development and Technology of IIT Delhi presented a presentation on innovative ways to recycle and reuse our precious resources. Co-Founder & Director at Genrobotic Innovations Rashid K explained how his firm has been making robots to address social issues for manual scavenging. Genrobotic Innovations has made the World’s first robotic scavenger.

Founder of Binbag Recycling Services Bangalore Genorobotics Achitra Borgohain emphasized on the issue of e-waste and trash that the world is generating. He gave the model of Recyling – Awareness, Access, Assets. With partnership with ONGC, they have installed 1st and only recycling unit in the north east.

GM (HR)-CSR Jayant Walia delivered the vote of thanks and thanked all the participants who made the webinar a grand success.