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Masti Ki Pathshala, Bagunhatu, dedicated to the children of Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, July 27, 2019

~ The Centre is a step towards making Jamshedpur Child Labour Free ~

The fifth centre of Masti Ki Pathshala, situated in Bagunhatu, was inaugurated today by Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, in presence of Mr R Rabi Prasad, President, Tata Workers’ Union, senior representatives of Tata Cummins, parents of children enrolled in this centre, and officials from Tata Steel.

The residential centre has been established by Tata Steel in partnership with Cummins India and will cater to a total of 100 girls.

Education is the most powerful tool to empower individuals and communities, overcome deprivation, and enable a tomorrow of infinite possibilities. Masti Ki Pathshala, founded in July 2016, is one such means to achieve this objective. Fighting against the worst forms of child labour, getting children off the streets and into learning, Masti Ki Pathshala is a step towards enabling a Child Labour Free Jamshedpur.

On the occasion, Mr Chaudhary said: “Our goal is to ensure that all children in Jamshedpur are mainstreamed into the formal education system, and through the five centres of Masti ki Pathshala, we are taking small but sure steps towards realising this. In the coming days, we look forward to a wider community participation in addressing core development issues in the city”.

Currently, there are four centres of Masti Ki Pathshala located at Tinplate, Pipla, Sarjamda and Rajnanagar. In the last two years, a total of 186 children, earlier engaged in agriculture, daily wage labour and brick-making, rag-picking, slag-picking and even begging have been mainstreamed into private schools including Kasidih High School, JUSCO Kadma, Tarapore Agrico, Tarapore Dhatkidih, Baridih Excellence, and government schools. Graduates from Masti Ki Pathshala have fared well in academic examinations. They have won laurels in sports, shown uncommon talent in arts, performed on stage, and won awards for discipline, good conduct and so on. In essence, these children have proved their ability to excel, given the right opportunity.

This programme has received immense support from several teachers and principals who have opened their school doors for children as well as companies who have come forward in partnering Tata Steel in this endeavour.

About Tata Steel
Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 33 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA). It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $22.67 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2019. In 2018, Tata Steel acquired Bhushan Steel Ltd (now renamed as Tata Steel BSL Ltd).

A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.

Tata Steel retained the ‘Global Steel Industry Leader’ position in the DJSI 2018. The Company has been recognised as the Climate Disclosure Leader in ‘Steel category’ by CDP (2017). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, ‘GreenPro’ certification for products (Tata Pravesh Steel Doors, Tata Structura, Tata Pipes) by CII, Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) status (Tier 2) by the Directorate of International Customs (Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India), ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018), Golden Peacock Award for Risk Management (2018) and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2019) by CNBC TV18. The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the eight time (2019), Steel Sustainability Champion (2018) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2019), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2018), ‘Best Companies To Work For’ recognition by Business Today, 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.

In 2018, the Company launched a corporate brand campaign #WeAlsoMakeTomorrow.

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