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Tata Steel continues its momentum to fight COVID-19

Jamshedpur, May 09, 2020

Tata Steel continues its momentum to fight COVID-19 through its medical efforts and community led initiatives. 

TMH Jamshedpur, the first and the only private hospital in the state of Jharkhand to be certified by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for RT-PCR diagnostic test for COVID-19, has conducted over 500 COVID-19 tests so far, and all of it has been negative. The testing lab is conducting 70 tests per day. The hospital is also treating around 1300 patients via the telephonic OPD services and 300 emergency cases under the observation of specialist doctors.

Tata Steel through Tata Steel Foundation (TSF) launched a 10 point #CombatCovid19 programme for the communities in and around its operational areas. This includes meals and ration distribution to vulnerable communities, digital volunteering programmes for children and elders, digital counselling sessions for the depressed, building a listening post for the migrant labourers, digital empowerment of Sahiyyas and Anganwadi workers, working together with district administrations and NGOs for better coordination on CSR work and more.

TSF has reached out to 4 lakh individuals in Jharkhand and Odisha through various initiatives under the #CombatCovid19 programme. 20 lakh meals have been served to the needy in 128 locations during the whole lockdown period. The foundation has distributed 33,000 ration packages so far. 110 farmers have benefitted from the ‘From the Farm’ programme, which has provided market linkages to their farm produce through online platforms like Zomato and Swiggy. 9500 Kgs of vegetables have been sold through the online platforms, generating an income of Rs 3.75 lakh so far.

The ‘Cash for Work’ programme has resulted in creating income opportunities for 14000 people through vocations like wall art, paintings and local crafts. So far, 1100 people have successfully grown their own kitchen gardens in their homes. The foundation initiated this facility three years ago and have benefitted 3000 families so far. 45 families are up-cycling newspapers to make bags and so far produced 3000 bags to generate income for themselves. A total of 1.1 lakh masks have been made and this served as an effective way for families to generate income at home.

As part of ‘Digital Bridges 2.0’ programme, TSF has reached out to 5100 stranded migrant workers through several helpline services like helping them with registration, linking them with doctors or counselling services, and more.

10,000 people across 21 states have been reached out to through the ‘FarRishta’ programme, wherein 600 Tata Steel employees volunteered their services. There is also an effort to help the migrant workers stuck in Mumbai, providing them with meals via local NGOs and assisting them in the registration process.   

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-Certified 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 Lighthouse recognition for its Kalinganagar Plant – a first in India, 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.

Last year, the Company launched a corporate brand campaign #WeAlsoMakeTomorrow..

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Kulvin Suri

Chief, Corporate Communications-India & SEA

Tata Steel