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Tata Steel hosts a Grand Farewell for Ms Bachendri Pal

Jamshedpur, May 23, 2019

~ As a celebratory tribute to one of the biggest names in adventure sports, Padma Bhushan Ms. Bachendri Pal, Tata Steel organises an event titled “No Mountain Too High” ~

Ms Bachendri Pal, an embodiment of inspiration, courage and strong will, conquered the Mt. Everest, 35 years back, on May 23, 1984 and since then has been actively involved in training the youth of India in adventure sports as the Chief of Adventure Programmes at Tata Steel and Director of Tata Steel Adventure Foundation. After more than three and a half decades of this amazing association, Ms. Pal will be retiring at the end of May 2019. To celebrate her legendary life journey and inspiring achievements and to honour her contribution to the Indian sporting fraternity, Tata Steel, today, organised an event titled “No Mountain Too High” at Jamshedpur.

Mr. Anand Sen, President, TQM & Steel Business, Tata Steel, said, “It has been an honour for Tata Steel to be associated with a legend such as Ms. Pal. Over the last three and a half decades, Tata Steel Adventure Foundation has emerged as a crystalized version of her vision of promoting adventure sports and more importantly using it as a powerful and very effective vehicle in creating a whole generation of leaders.  We wish her well, long and healthy life.”

Mr. Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President (Corporate Services), Tata Steel said, “Ever since her first conquest of Mt. Everest in 1984, Ms. Pal has been a national treasure for every Indian. It has been our honour at Tata Steel to have cherished this long and extremely fruitful association with her. On behalf of everyone in Tata Steel, I wish her well and hope she will continue to inspire us and serve as a role model not just for future mountaineers but leaders and nation builders too.”

Sports has always been one of the core principles of Tata Steel’s philosophy with the Company using the medium as a tool to build and connect with communities and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Tata Steel has always focused on nurturing budding sporting talent and has established numerous training centers, scouting platforms, and academies across India for helping sportspersons and the aspiring youth.

The Tata Steel Adventure Foundation was born out of the same vision in 1984 and has been helping people from all walks of life in charting out their own paths to self-discovery. Ms. Bachendri Pal has been pioneering and leading the organisation since its inception and has groomed numerous adventurists and mountaineers.

An interactive and inspirational panel discussion session with the legendary Ms. Bachendri Pal and 10 Everesters trained by her, was organised at the SNTI Auditorium in Jamshedpur. During the event, Ms. Pal was felicitated for her extensive contribution and efforts towards adventure sports and mountaineering. The Ten Everesters who were mentored and trained by Ms. Pal were also felicitated during the evening function. The ten Everesters include R S Pal, Poonam Rana, Binita Soren, Arunima Sinha, Meghlal Mahato, Premlata Agrawal, Susen Mahato, Sandeep Toliya, Swarnalata Dalai and Hemant Gupta. 

On the occasion, two books - one on Ms. Pal’s achievements and another on Mission Gange (which Ms. Pal led last year in 2018) were unveiled.

The day (May 23, 2019) marks the 35th anniversary of Ms Pal reaching the Mount Everest in 1984.

Ms. Pal, Chief of Adventure Programmes at Tata Steel and also the Director of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, is retiring from the services of the Company at the end of this month.

Ms. Pal, in 1984, became the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She has recently been bestowed with the third highest civilian award ‘Padma Bhushan’ by the Government of India. Ms. Pal is also a recipient the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Arjuna Award in 1986.

Notably, on her return from scaling the Everest, the Tata Youth Adventure Centre was founded by her as a guide. The centre was the precursor to TSAF (Tata Steel Adventure Foundation). Ms Pal has been working with Tata Steel since 1983.

A special interactive session with the legendary mountaineer will be held specifically for Tata Steel employees on May 24, 2019.

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 (MTPA). 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 Industry Leader position in FY18 and ranked second overall in the DJSI assessment, 2017. 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, ‘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 (2018), 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 www.wealsomaketomorrow.com

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