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Tata Steel and Sankara Nethralaya taking mobile eye care facilities to rural areas near Noamundi

Noamundi, October 14, 2016

Tata Steel in association with Sankara Nethralaya is providing best-in-class eye care facilities to the rural areas near Noamundi. The company reached out to the people of seven Gram Panchayats, namely, Kodgar,Naomundi Basti,Mahudi,Kadajamda, Balijhar, Deojhar and Ansaikela through its free cataract operation camp.

The camp was inaugurated by Mr Pankaj Satija, GM (OMQ), Tata Steel along with Ms Laxmi Soren, West Singbhum Zila Parishad Member and Mr Amren Dang. B.D.O. (Noamundi) on October 14, 2016 at Mahudi High School.The 1st hour of the camp witnessed over 50 registrations. The camp will continue till October 23, 2016.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Satija said: “We want more and more people to avail this service. Tata Steel has always been working for the welfare of the community and there is no better work than providing vision to people. I am happy to see so many people gathered here today.”

Ms Soren and Mr Dang thanked Tata Steel for organizing the cataract operation camp free of cost. They said that the villagers will definitely benefit from this as this is the best facility they can get at their doorstep.

A medical team of 27 is there at Mahudi village for 10 days to ensure best-in-class check-up and treatment to patients suffering from cataract. The registration and screening of cases has been scheduled from October 14, 2016 to October 17, 2016 followed by operation on October 22, 2016. Black glasses will be provided to the patients on the concluding day on October 23, 2016.

The main objective of this camp is to reach out to the aged people with cataract in remote villages and gifting back the vision that have preventable blindness. This best-in-class cataract facility for remote villages are provided completely free of charge through the Mobile Eye Surgical Unit (MESU) developed by Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai in collaboration with IIT Madras. With the success of the venture in Tamil Nadu, Sankara Nethralaya expanded the project with support of Tata Trusts to Jharkhand with logistical and ground support by Tata Steel. The MESU Jharkhand unit was inaugurated by Honble Chief Minister of Jharkhand on July 31, 2016 at Jamshedpur. This is the second such camp at Noamundi. The first one was organized on   September 11, 2016 at Sildauri village near Noamundi, in which 47 cases were operated for cataract.

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel Group stands among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 28 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA) and a turnover of US $17.69 billion in FY16. It is the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and commercial presence in over 50 countries. Established in 1907, the Group’s vision is to be the world steel industry benchmark in “Value Creation” and “Corporate Citizenship” through the excellence of its people, its innovative approach and overall conduct. Underpinning this vision is a performance culture committed to aspiration targets, safety and social responsibility, continuous improvement, openness and transparency. Having bagged the Deming Application Prize and Deming Grand Prize for continuous improvement in 2008 and 2012 respectively, Tata Steel has now been recognised as the global ‘Industry Leader’ in ‘Steel category’ by Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Besides being one of ‘worldsteel’s’ Climate Action members, it has also been awarded the CII ITC Sustainability Prize, the ‘Best-in-class Manufacturing’ by TIME Award, the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant, among several others.