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Tata Steel’s enduring partnership with Odisha is aimed to bring all-round development in the State. The Company has manifold sustainability programmes that have been specially designed to cater to the needs of the Oriya population. The initiatives are dynamic and include on-going programmes that have always made way to the news. This section seeks to keep track of regular events as and when it happens.

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Health camps organised at Joda and Khandbond

 

Tata Steel has always endeavoured to provide better health services to the people living in and around the areas of its operations. To ensure better health care facilities, the Company has taken several measures like setting up of hospitals in the interior areas, introducing mobile health care units and organising health camps among others.

 

As measures in that direction, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), in association with Tata Main Hospital (TMH), Jamshedpur, organised two skin disease camps on 30th & 31st August, 2011. It was organised at Tata Steel Hospital, Joda and Khandbond Basti School, Khandbond.

 

Dr SN Singh, Head of the Department (Skin), Tata Main Hospital and Dr S Sardar of Tata Steel Health & Family Initiatives, Jamshedpur were present in the camp. Around 165 patients from Joda area benefited from the skin disease camp held at Joda. Similarly, 85 patients from Khandbond and its nearby areas benefited from the camp held at Khandbond.

 

Mr RR Satpathy, Chief (Joda) along with Dr AK Roy, Dy. Chief Medical Officer (Tata Steel Hospital, Joda), Dr Binod Kumar, Skin specialist, Tata Steel Hospital (Joda) visited the camp held at Joda. Similarly, Mr Awnish Kumar (Head, Khandbond Iron Mine) along with Mr MR Rath (Head, Planning, Khandbond Iron Mine) visited the camp held at Khandbond. Dr PC Mohaptra, Head, Tata Steel Health & Family Initiatives and Mr Sanjeev Mohapatra, Sr. Manager, CSS were also present on this occasion.

 

Tata Steel constructs Community Shed in Joda

 

Tata Steel constructed a new Community shed (Kirtan Mandap) at Baneikala basti in ward number 2. It was constructed in consultation with Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS). The new Mandap was dedicated to the public on 31st August, 2011.

 

In an inauguration ceremony held on this occasion, Mr Jitu Patnaik, Hon’ble MLA, Champua joined as the Chief Guest. Mr RK Dash, Chairman, Joda Municipality joined as the Guest of Honour. Mr Sundar Ramam, General Manager (OMQ), Mr RR Satapathy (Chief, Joda), Mr Anurag Dixit, Chief (Khandbond Iron Mine), Mr Dillip Nayak, (Councilor, Ward no.2 of Joda Municipality), Mr Sanjeev Mahapatra, Sr Manager, CSS, Mr Pradeep Giri, Asst. Manager (Civil) and hundreds of people from Joda Municipality area were present on this occasion.

 

Appreciating Tata Steel for this noble initiative, Mr Patnaik hoped that the new community shed would fulfill the needs of local people for holding social & other functions. Tata Steel has spent about Rs 6 lakhs for construction of the new community shed.

 

TSRDS Celebrates Nutrition Day at Gopalpur

 

Proper nutrition is vital for the mental and physical development in children. So it is important for the parents to ensure proper nutrition for them. In this backdrop, to highlight the problem of malnutrition among children, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) observed Nutrition Day on 6th September, 2011.

 

It was observed at the Tata Rehabilitation Colony of Badapur village in the Luhajhar Gram Panchayat. More than 100 pregnant ladies, adolescents and members of self-help groups participated in the celebration.

 

Mr Prabhakar Goud, ward member of Badapur Gram Panchayat joined as the Chief Guest. Dr E Padmanav Rao, Medical Officer of TSRDS discussed the benefits of nutritious food and effects of malnutrition on the human body.

 

Ms Priyadarshini Sahu, coordinator of Aastha Project underscored the importance of iodised salt. Mr Tanmay Kar, Unit Head of TSRDS, conducted the programme.

 

Vice President, Raw Materials, Tata Steel visits Joda

 

Mr Partha Sengupta, Vice President, Raw Materials (RM), Tata Steel visited Joda on 25th August 2011. During his visit, Mr Sengupta inaugurated new equipments introduced recently in the Equipment & Maintenance department of Joda East Iron Mine (JEIM). He also inaugurated the plantation programme organised at “Zero Point” mining area of Joda East Iron Mine.

 

Mr D B Sundara Ramam (GM, OMQ, Tata Steel), Mr B D Mohanty (Chief, Processing, OMQ), Mr R R Satpathy (Chief, Joda), Mr S Kuchuru (Chief, Noamundi), Mr Pervez Akhtar (Chief, Raw Material Project, Joda), Mr Sushanta Kumar Mishra, (Chief Mining, Sukinda Chromite Mine) were among the dignitaries present on this occasion.

 

Officials and representatives of JCO, Khandbond Iron Mine (KIM) & JEIM were also present during the inaugural ceremony.

 

Managing Director visits Gopalpur

 

Mr H M Nerurkar, Managing Director, Tata Steel visited Gopalpur on 30th August 2011. During the visit, Mr Nerurkar visited the plant site of Gopalpur Industrial Park (GIP) where Tata Steel is setting up a 50,000 TPA Ferro Chrome Plant and 400,000 TPA Rebar Steel Mill.

 

The Gopalpur Industrial Park is being developed by Tata Steel to facilitate industrial development of the region. It will primarily attract investments in steel and allied downstream industries, engineering, chemicals and other emerging sectors. Tata Steel would be the Anchor tenant for GIP.

 

Mr Nerurkar had discussions with Mr Krishen Kumar, the Collector and the District Magistrate of Ganjam. He also attended a presentation session by Gopalpur Port Limited (GPL) on Gopalpur Port.

 

Mr Hridayeshwar Jha, Vice-President (Odisha Project) of Tata Steel, Mr Rajesh Chintak, Chief Resident Executive, Mr A K Ojha, and General Manager, GIP were present during the visit

 

Health Awareness Programme for Contract Workers at Joda

 

Tata Steel is committed to safeguarding and promoting the physical, mental and social well being of its employees. The Company believes that health protection should not simply be limited to the provision of adequate personal protective equipment, but should also involve eliminating, reducing or isolating hazards wherever possible.

 

To get rid of the identified potential health hazards like noise, vibration, hazardous substances, manual handling, driving and climatic conditions, and awareness among the contract workers is very much required. In this context, a health awareness programme was organised for the contract workers at Ferro Alloys Plant (FAP), Joda in the district of Keonjhar. Dr Vinod Kumar of Tisco Hospital, Joda chaired a session on the prevention of diabetes, blood pressure and precautionary measures to be taken to avoid dengue, fever and malaria among others.

 

Mr P V Rao Secretary, FMPE Union, Mr D D Parida, Sr. Manager (Operations) and Mr M L Sinha, Sr. Manager (HR/IR) of Ferro Alloys & Mineral Division (FAMD) were among the dignitaries present on this occasion. The programme was educative for the workers community.

 

Inter-Departmental Football Tournament held in Sukinda

 

Tata Steel constantly endeavours to promote sports as a means to a healthier life. The company also regularly organizes events to spread the message of a healthy lifestyle through sports among the employees. In yet another initiative aimed at encouraging Football among the Tata Steel employees at Sukinda, a Departmental Football Tournament was organized at the Central Play Ground.

 

Four teams namely, Services, Operations, Chrome Ore Beneficiation Plant and Maintenance participated in this league tournament. After completion of the league round matches, Operations and Maintenance Teams qualified to play in the finals. The two teams fought it out on 19th August, 2011. The Maintenance team was declared champions for 2011 after it trounced the Operations team 2 goals to 1 in the extra time.

 

Mr S K Mishra, Chief (Mining), Sukinda Chromite Mine, graced as the Chief Guest and gave away prizes. Mr B K Sahoo, President, SCM Workers Union was among the dignitaries present on this occasion.

 

Multispecialty Health Camp organised in Sukinda

 

Tata Steel has always endeavoured to provide better health services to the people living in and around the areas of its operations. To ensure better health care facilities, the Company continues to re-affirm its commitment through setting up of hospitals in the interior areas, introducing mobile health care units and organising health camps among other activities.

 

As a measure in that direction, the Ferro Alloys & Mineral Division (FAMD) & Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), Sukinda, organized a multispecialty Health Camp at Maruabila High School near Sukinda in the district of Jajpur in Odisha. Prof. Somnath Bagh, Department of Statistics, Sambalpur University inaugurated the camp, in the presence of Mr Sunamani Kerketta, Additional Director, Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Government of India (GoI) and Mr Pratap Marandi, Sarpanch of the Maruabila Gram Panchayat.

 

In total, 833 patients hailing from the neighbouring villages of Chingudipal and Ransol, and Maruabali Panchayat availed the benefits of free health services. Interestingly, this is the third multispecialty health camp being organised by FAMD and TSRDS in the area.

 

Dr Jayanta Kumar Tripathy, Sr. Medical Officer (FA&MD) and Mr Satyanarayan Nanda, Unit Head, TSRDS arranged the camp. Mr H Behera, Head (Underground projects), Mr Nilendri Pradhan, Sarpanch of Chingudipal, Mrs Bhagabati Mohanta, member, Zila Parisad, Mr Ashok K Ghosh, Head (Admin.), and Mr Biraja Mishra, Senior Manager were among the dignitaries present on this occasion.

 

Tata Steel Bags Think Odisha CSR Leadership Award

 

Corporate Social Responsibility has been in the DNA of Tata Steel since the inception of the Company over a hundred years ago. The contribution of the steel major in the field of CSR was further recognized when the Company bagged the best CSR Leadership Award in the Think Odisha CSR Conclave held in Bhubaneswar on 27th August 2011.

 

Think Odisha Awards given annually; recognize excellence in different fields starting from industry to sports, to art and social work. This is an initiative by the Times of India Group and Teflas, an event management company, to create an interface between corporate houses, government and NGOs.

 

Mr P K Ghosh, Chief, Tata Steel’s Odisha Project received the award from the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Sri Naveen Patnaik in a glittering function held at Swosti Premium in Bhubaneswar. Through its operations in Odisha, Tata Steel is providing community outreach programmes that are specifically designed to cater to the needs of the Odia population.

 

The major initiatives have been in the areas of health & hygiene, education, infrastructure, land & water management, sports, livelihood and empowerment. Incidentally, Tata Steel operation in Odisha touches the lives of more than 25,000 families in 500 remote villages every year through its CSR activities.

 

Tata Steel distributes sports material in Joda

 

Sports being a passion in Tata Steel, the Company always strives to upgrade sports infrastructure and support young talent in its existing areas of operations as well as in the upcoming project areas. As part of this initiative, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) has been promoting sports among the local youths in Joda area.

 

It distributed sports materials like footballs and jerseys to all the registered youth clubs under Joda Municipality. The sports equipment was distributed by the Chairman of Joda Muncipality, Mr R K Das in the presence of all councilors and members of all the youth clubs under Joda Municipality. Smt. Phulmani Aruk, Vice-Chairman of Joda Muncipality, Mr Sanjeev Mahapatra, Senior Manager-CSS, Mr Bhangwan Jena, the representative of local MLA and Mr S K Mohanty, the coordinator of the youth club were present on this occasion. Similarly, an Inter-Club Football Tournament was also organised on 20th August, 2011.

 

Earlier, an exhibition football match was organised between Management XI and the Union XI at the Banaikela football ground on 15th August, 2011. The Management Team won the match beating the Union Team. The programme was organised by Mr Manik Lal Sinha, Senior Manager (HR/IR) and his team.

 

YATS Zonal Round held at Belpahar and Joda

 

The Zonal Round of the Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS), organised jointly by Tata Steel and Pathani Samanta Planetarium (PSP), Bhubaneswar was conducted at Belpahar and Joda.

 

While the competition was held on 21st August at Belpahar, it was organised on 28th August 2011 at Joda. Mr R R Satpathy (Chief, Joda) launched the programme at Joda and graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

 

 


In Joda, Twelve students participated in YATS-2011 and presented models on “My Dream Spacecraft”. Prof. Surya Kanta Mohapatra evaluated the models presented by the participants. Simultaneously, the preliminary round of Tata Steel Inter-School Quiz and Tata Steel Inter-School Art Competition was organised at the Tata Steel Valley Club, Joda.

 

Tata Steel Inter-School Quiz and Art Competition evoked very good response with 91 teams participating in the Quiz and 110 students in the art competition. More than 20 schools and colleges in Joda area took part in the competitions. Similarly, 49 students presented their models for YATS-2011 at Belpahar. While 112 students participated in the Inter School Quiz Competition, 87 students participated in the Inter School Art Competition.

 

Local PRIs visit Ferro-Alloys Plant, Joda

 

As part of its plan to familiarize the people of Nayagarh area, where Tata Steel is setting up a Ferro Silicon plant, about the operations of the Ferro Alloys Plant (FAP), Joda, an exposure visit was organized for a team of opinion makers led by Sri Sidhu Nayak, Ex-Sarpanch.

 

The familiarization visit, organised recently, was facilitated by Mr Sanjiv Dogra, Manager (Security), FAP, Mr Allen Kim Joseph, Officer of TSRDS and Mr Manabesh Mohanty, CSR Coordinator for Nayagarh area in the Keonjhar district. Mr B D Nanda, Head, FAP took the team around the plant. Mr Sanjeev Mahapatra, Senior Manager (CSS) and Mr Manik Sinha, Senior Manager (HR/IR) accompanied them during the visit.

 

The team was explained about the functioning of the plant and various Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives taken up by the company. While appreciating the work of Tata Steel, the visiting team expressed the hope that the setting up of the Ferro Silicon Plant at Nayagarh would spur the development of the villages in the periphery.

 

Independence Day celebrated in Sukinda

 

Independence Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm in Sukinda Chromite Mines Central playground. Commemorating the day India attained freedom; the National Flag was hoisted and cultural programmes were organised on this occasion.

 

Mr G K Guin, Head of Mine Planning and Production of the Ferro Alloys and Mineral Division (FAMD) joined as the Chief Guest and unfurled the National Flag. It was followed by the recital of the National Anthem by the school children. Security personnel, students of the Saraswati Sishu Mandir, Stewart School, Shramasakti High School, Scout & Guide teams from the nearby schools participated in the parade. There was a good gathering of employees, their family members and the inmates of the colony.

 

Winners of Ethics competitions were given away prizes on this occasion. Mr Anil Kumar, Mr SSN Xalxo, Sri R C Pradhan, General Secretary, Sukinda Workers' Union and Sri B K Sahoo, President of Sukinda Workers' Union were among the dignitaries present on this occasion. Speaking on this occasion, Mr Guin narrated the sacrifices made by our predecessors in achieving independence. Under the guidance of Dr D D Pal, fruits were distributed to the inpatients of the hospital.

 

Outdoor Leadership Camp organised for Joda youths

 

With a view to empower and develop leadership qualities of the youths of Joda area, Tata Steel has initiated several measures. As part of this initiative, an outdoor Leadership camp was organized for 42 rural youths of Nayagarh Panchayat in Jamshedpur recently. The camp was organized in association with Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF).

 

The camp was an outdoor event, which involved no classroom session. The skills of leadership and teamwork were inculcated through practical games and physical exercises. Activities like rock climbing, obstacle race, flying fox, point-to-point navigation, caving and river rafting were organized at TSAF camps at Tumung and Dimna Lake.

 

The youths were divided into 4 groups and all the activities were carried out in these groups, which helped them in developing team spirit and confidence. While the total duration of the camp was for three days, the first two days were spent at Tumung where the mountaineering related activities were carried out. Similarly, the river rafting and water sports were organized on the third day at Dimna Lake. The experienced instructors of TSAF guided all the activities.

 

Significantly, through those activities, youths were able to develop coordination, planning, management, active listening, self-exploration and confidence.

 

TRL Krosaki conducts workshop on Refractories for Sponge Iron and DRI Kilns

 

The performances of refractories largely depend upon their proper application. With the rapid increase in the number of sponge iron and DRI units in Odisha, there is a need to disseminate the latest developments in refractories application technology, which will help these industries to improve their performances.

 

In this context, TRL Krosaki Refractories Limited organised a workshop on Refractories Application for Sponge Iron and DRI Kilns on August 17, 2011 at Belpahar. Dr. A. K. Chattopadhyay, Managing Director, TRL Krosaki, inaugurated the workshop. The refractories application professionals from Tata Sponge, OCL Iron & Steel, Bhushan Iron & Steel, Aryan Ispat, Padmaja Refractories, Shyam Metalics, Jaiswal Necco, Visa Steel, Nilachal Refractories, and TRL Krosaki attended it.

 

Renowned refractories experts like Mr A K Dasgupta (Former Executive Director of SAIL), Mr P Chattopadhyay (COO, Tata Sponge), Dr Arup Samanta, General Manager (Tech.), TRL Krosaki and Mr P K Jana, General Manager (REMS), TRL Krosaki presented technical papers in the workshop.

 

TRL Krosaki, the number one refractories company of the country, is also a leader in training and development related activities. It is equipped with a state of the art learning centre, a unique refractories engineering workshop and a host of experienced and knowledgeable faculty. TRL Krosaki conducts regular programmes for customers, stockists and fellow refractories making units.

 

65th Independence Day Celebrated at Gopalpur

 

On 15 August 1947, India attained freedom from the British Rule. Every year, August 15 is celebrated as the Independence Day in India. This national festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country. Commemorating the day India attained freedom; Independence Day is celebrated with flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programmes all over the country.

 

Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), Gopalpur also celebrated Independence Day in various schools in the locality. Essay, drawing, quiz competitions were organised on this occasion and the three best students were awarded.

 

Sri Simanchala Sahu, Sarpanch of Chamakhandi, Sri Biswanath Sahu, Ex-MLA, Sri Girija Prasad Reddy, a member of Zilla Parishad, Mr Amiya Mohapatra, Chief (Constructions) and Mr Sanjeev Kumar Sahu, officer TSRDS, Gopalpur joined as dignitaries in the prize distribution ceremony.

 

Similarly, Rebati Reddy, the Sarpanch of Kalipalli Gram Panchayat, Mr Tanmay Kar, Unit Head TSRDS, Gopalpur participated in the programme organised at Kalipalli Panchayat. Mr Nirmala Mohanta, Head R&R joined as a guest in prize distribution ceremony organised at the Tata Rehabilitation colony and distributed prizes to the winning school students.

 

65th Independence Day celebrated by Tata Steel at Joda

 

Tata Steel at Joda celebrated the 65th Independence Day. The main function was held at the Central Playground. In the morning, there was a Pravat Pheriin, in which children from different schools in the Joda municipality area participated. Mr R R Satpathy (Chief, Joda) joined as the Chief Guest and hoisted the National Flag.

 

Security personnel of Tata Steel, school children participated in the march past. Students of St. Teresa School, Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir, Hindi High School, Joda Valley Girls’ High School, Hindi UP/ME School, Govt. ME School, Joda East ME School, St. Anthony School, Tata Steel Primary School, Joda East UP School and the Kidzi School took part in the march past.

 

The long service award was given away by the Chief Guest to the employees of Tata Steel on this occasion. The winning schools in the march past ceremonies were also honoured by the Chief Guest. Similarly, Independence Day was celebrated at the Ferro Alloys Plant, Joda. Mr. Bibhu Datta Nanda (Head, FAP) joined as the Chief Guest and hoisted the National Flag.

 

Mr. Manikanta Nayak (Head, Bichakundi Manganese Group of Mines) hoisted the National flag at the Bichakundi Manganese Group of Mines.

 

Cluster finals of Pragati Football Tournament held in Joda

 

Coinciding with the celebration of the 107th Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna JRD Tata, the cluster finals of the Inter-Village Football “Pragati” Tournament was held in Joda. One of the Cluster finals was held at Bamebari Manganese mines. The Bamebari team beat the Belda team to move to the next round. The villagers and youth gathered in large numbers to witness the match, which was inaugurated by Mr Manikant Nayak, Head, Manganese Group of Mines (MGM) along with Mrs Saraswati Purty, the local Sarpanch.

 

At Nayagarh, where Tata Steel proposes to set up a Ferro Sillicon Plant, another Cluster Level final was held between the Jalpaposi Team and the Sardapang Team with the Jalpaposi team winning it. Mr B D Nanda, Head (FAP), inaugurated the match held at Nayagarh. Sri Prasant Pani, Naib Sarpanch and a senior citizen of the area and Sri Ravi Nayak were among the dignitaries present on this occasion.

 

Two league matches of the Pragati Football Tournament were also played at Khandbond on the same day. Besides, a friendly football match was organized at Malda between the Malda Sarpanch’s Team and Malda Youth Club with Malda Youth Club winning the match.

 

Curtains come down on Ethics Month celebrations in Joda

 

The curtains came down on the Ethics Month celebrations at a function organised at the Joda West Auditorium on 30th July, 2011. The employees, Union office bearers of Joda East Iron Mine (JEIM), Khandbond Iron Mine (KIM), JCO and officers from the Joda Group of mines were present. Mr B D Mohanty, Chief (Processing & Logistic), OMQ and the Ethics Counsellor, Mr R R Satpathy, Chief, Joda were among the dignitaries present on this occasion. The guests gave away prizes to the winners of various competitions.

 

The Ethics Month was celebrated at JEIM, KIM & JCO to propagate the standard norms of ethical practices expected from employees, officers, vendors & society at large. In the inaugural session held on 1st July, 2011, the ethics pledge was taken at GPS plant equipment section, administrative office of JEIM, JCO & KIM Office by the employees & officers. Various clauses of the TATA Code of Conduct were discussed on the Shop floor in the beginning of the shift. Slogan, poster, quiz, essay & skit competitions were organised amongst employees and High School students on the theme “Speak Up”.

 

Students of 7 High Schools in the nearby area were invited for the essay competition. Interestingly, 78 students from schools like St. Teresa’s School, Saraswati Sishu Mandir, Joda West Hindi High School, Joda High School, Sri Shiva Shankar Hindi High School and Joda Valley Girls’ High School participated in the competition.

 

Dhamra Port receives its first capesize vessel

 

Dhamra Port, joint venture between Tata Steel and L&T, achieved a major milestone when it received the first capesize vessel on 24th July, 2011. The Chinese ship “China Steel Responsibility” carried around 1.5 lakh tonnes of coal from Australia for Tata Steel.

 

The ship has a capacity of 1,80,000 DWT (Dead Weight Tonnage) and its length is around 290 meters. This is the largest vessel, Orissa as well as its neighbouring state West Bengal has received so far. The ship with 19 Chinese crew members berthed at the Dhamra port jetty around 4.15pm. It took around 20 days for the ship to reach Dhamra from Australia via Singapore. Dhamra Port, which became commercially operational on May 7 this year, has two berths of 350 meters each. It presently has a handling capacity of 25 MTPA (million tonne per annum) and the 18 km channel of the port has a depth of 18 meters which is capable of handling vessels up to 1,80,000 DWT.

 

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL), Mr Santosh Kumar Mohapatra along with State Commerce And Transport Secretary Mr Gagan Dhal and Collector of Bhadrakh Akshya Kumar Pani were present at the Jetty to receive the first capsize vessel. The first cargo ship had berthed at the Dhamra Port jetty on September 18, 2010. The ship named “YIN PU” had carried around 23,000 tonnes of coal from Australia.

 

Till date, 20 ships have berthed at the Dhamra Port including the capesize vessel. The transportation of cargo through rail has also started from the Dhamra port. So far, 94 full rakes (each rake consists of 59 wagons) of cargo have been sent from the port to various locations. The 62 km Dhamra-Bhadrak rail link is connected to the main Howrah-Chennai rail link.

 

Friendly Football tournament organised at Sansailo

 

With a view to promote football in the rural areas in Jajpur district in Odisha, Tata Steel organised a friendly football match at the Sansailo Rehabilitation Colony on 27th July, 2011. Sri Jayakrushna Mahanta, Sarpanch, Sansailo Gram Panchayat inaugurated the tournament. Four Women’s Football teams and two Men’s Football teams took part in the tournament.

 

In the finals, the women’s football team of Badachana won against the Katepurti Nagar team, while the Tata Steel Sports Feeder Centre team won the match against Trishakti Club of Baunshanali. Ms. Shrandhanjali Samantray, ex-captain of the National Women’s Football Team and an international footballer joined as the Chief Guest in the award giving ceremony and gave away the trophies to the winning team.

 

Speaking on the occasion, she advised football players to focus on their game, so that they can be better players in the future. Ms Samantaray also appreciated Tata Steel’s initiatives for the promotion of sports in rural areas. Mr J K Padhi, Senior Manager and Mr N C Mohapatra, Manager, Corporate Affairs & Communication department were among the dignitaries present on this occasion.

 

Session on wellness@workplace at Sukinda Chromite Mine

 

As part of the wellness@workplace initiative launched by Tata Steel, a learning session for the employees and the contract workers was organised by Sukinda Chromite Mines (SCM) at the Sukinda Training Centre.

 

In the first phase, Dr Nivedita Nanda took the lead through the ACT-2 team under the wellness@workplace initiative. The Canteen, Guesthouse and Chrome Valley Club staff attended the session on teaching and preaching of personal hygiene. A team comprising of Mr Sahadev Saran, Mr Ashish Gupta, Mr Ravi Jain, Mr TP Singh and Mr Malay Das arranged the session.

 

The participants appreciated the method of teaching and the tips on hygiene. With this initiative, Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM) has inched closer towards attaining the goal of complete hygiene. This is expected to have good effects on personal health care. Such programmes will be organised in the Mahila Samiti in Sukinda for increasing the level of awareness.

 

TCS embarks on its next phase of expansion of the Bhubaneswar campus

 

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has embarked on its next phase of expansion of its 45-acre Kalinga Park campus in Bhubaneswar.

 

The Hon’bleChief Minister of Odisha, Sri Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone for Phase II of the park at a ceremony held on 5th August, 2011. Odisha produces vast numbers of Engineering and MCA graduates every year and Bhubaneswar has emerged as an educational hub for the eastern region. Adding to it, the State Government is also taking various initiatives to build Bhubaneswar as a number one IT destination among the Tier-II cities of the country.

 

So, the expansion of the existing capacity by TCS is expected to boost employment opportunities for the local talents in Odisha. The proposed 2nd phase expansion, with four lakh thirty-eight thousand square feet built up area consists of one G+6 ODC building of 3400 seats, and facilities like a cafeteria, an auditorium, a learning center, library & utility building. The total campus is planned to comply with LEED Platinum certification for it. The Kalinga Park Phase- II is likely to generate direct employment for 3400 IT professionals over and above the existing 1200 IT Professionals in TCS. Besides, indirect employment for over 250 personnel is likely to be created in the project.

 

Speaking at the foundation stone laying function, Mr S Mahalingam, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Director, TCS said, “TCS has always been a pioneer in helping develop new hubs for the IT industry in India. Since we began operating in Bhubaneswar in 2009, we have been impressed with the level of local talent available as well as the infrastructure and support from the authorities”.

 

Chief Minister, Sri Patnaik hoped that TCS would continue to expand their exports and employment contribution in future. The state IT minister Sri Ramesh Majhi, secretary, IT Department, Government of Odisha, Mr P K Jena and Mr Manoj Panda, Head, Bhubaneswar Centre of TCS was among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

 

Vizag Steel Plant wins the Bhubaneswar Round of the Tata Crucible Business Quiz

 

Tata Crucible Business Quiz 2011, the eighth edition of India’s largest Business Quiz set the stage for a grueling session in Bhubaneswar on August 7th 2011 at the Mayfair Convention Hall. In a hard fought battle, Mr Sabyasachi Pani and Mr Santanu Dey from Vizag Steel Plant (VSP) emerged winners. The duo outperformed their competitors with their razor sharp responses and out of the box thinking.

 

More than 61 enthusiastic teams participated in the Bhubaneswar Regional Round. The regional champions will now battle it with 18 other Non-Tata Track regional winners from 18 cities at the National Finals scheduled in the first week of October 2011.

 

The Tata Crucible Business Quiz is a key knowledge initiative by Tata group focusing on empowering young professionals in their quest for business excellence, continuous learning, leadership and entrepreneurship that is required for nation building.

 

Mr. C. J. Venugopal, IAS, the Chairman cum Managing Director (CMD), Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Orissa Ltd (IPICOL) joined as the Chief Guest. Mr Rajesh Chintak, Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel also joined as the Guest of Honour.

 

107th Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna JRD Tata Observed by TRL Krosaki

 

TRL Krosaki Refractories Limited observed the 107th Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna JRD Tata at JRD Tata Park, Belpahar on 29th July’ 2011.

 

The citizens of Belpahar, senior executives, employees and retired employees of Tata Refractories Ltd. (TRL), media persons, President and members of the Ladies Club, teachers and students of the B.E.M. School, B R High School, Sunshine School, Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI) and Prerana, a school for mentally challenged children, attended the function. Floral tributes were paid to the doyen of Indian Industries JRD Tata.

 

Mr Dhananjay Behera, General Manager (PR & HRD), welcomed the guests after the opening song by students of B R High School. Selected students, employees, and citizens highlighted the principles and ideals of JRD Tata. Mr Bhismadev Pradhan, a workman of basic department recited a self-composed poem on JRD Tata. Mr. C S Das, EVP & CFO, TRL Krosaki and Mr Kinji Matsushita, of Krosaki Harima Corporation and a Director on the TRL Krosaki Board of Directors, addressed the public on this occasion.

 

Shabashi Programme Held At Manganese Group Of Mines

 

For Tata Steel, its employees are its greatest asset. The Company’s conduct and business practices have always enriched the quality of life of its employees. With the objective of motivating its employees to scale new heights, the Company felicitates them for their enduring efforts in achieving excellence in their performance.

 

A major contributor to this effort of continuously motivating its employees is the Shabashi Programme. The exemplary performance of employees in their respective work areas was once again recognized at the Manganese Group of Mines on 21st July 2011. Ninety-one members of 15 SGA circles were given away coupons for completing their Kaizens in the preceding quarter and instant ‘shabashi’ was given to 17 employees for their exemplary performance in production, safety & community services, at a function organised at Bichakundi.

 

Mr L S Divakera, General Manager (O), graced the occasion as Chief Guest and congratulated the teams for their innovative work. Mr Manikanta Naik, Head, Manganese Group of Mines and Sri Sura Mohanty, General Secretary of the Workers’ Union encouraged the employees to carry on with their good work in the future.

 

TRL Krosaki Awarded for Best Practices in Leadership Development

As recognition for outstanding achievement in adopting best practices in Leadership Development, Team HRD of TRL Krosaki has bagged the first prize. The award was conferred by the Bhubaneswar Chapter of the NHRD Network in a function organised in Bhubaneswar on 16th July 2011.

 

Mr B B Panda, Chief Resident Executive (CRE) received the award on behalf of the Team HRD of TRL Krosaki Refractories Limited. The Company’s case studies of two of its flagship programmes - Mill Wrights & MDP were highly appreciated by the Jury. Mill Wrights is a leadership development programme for shop floor employees and MDP is a leadership building programme for officers. The Mill Wright programme, which was started by TRL in 2002, is continuing till date and has covered nearly 400 workmen. A six-month module, it encompasses theory, practicals, hands on motivational classes and outdoor training. Plant visit, CSR orientation, Quality Circle involvement, prayer, meditation, yoga and spiritual classes are an integral part of this course. Similarly MDP, a 12-week in-house managerial development module focuses on the holistic development of young managers.

 

TRL Krosaki is endowed with world class training facilities with a state-of-the-art learning center, a full-fledged maintenance-training center and a unique refractory engineering workshop. A rich repository of knowledge, it has got a pool of 160 internal faculty spread across different areas of specialization. Innovative methods like Share Your Knowledge Forum, trekking and outbound development programmes are also adopted to enhance learning and leadership qualities.

 

TSRDS Organises First Aid Training at Bamnipal

Emergency situations do not necessarily crop up at the highways; they can arise at home, in offices, stores and at any other location. First aid training prepares individuals to respond to emergency situations with confidence and gives them the skills needed to potentially save a life.

 

People working in fields such as health care, child care, elderly care or professional rescue are especially encouraged to earn first aid certification. With health facilities in remote areas being either non-existent or at a far distance, bringing patients to a hospital or dispensary becomes risky. If trained First Aiders are available, they will be of great help in the villages and on roads too.

 

Mindful of this, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), Bamnipal, organised a First Aid Training for youths from periphery villages. They were imparted training for five days from 12th to 16th July 2011. The training evoked good response with 32 youths from 9 periphery villages participating in the training session. Interestingly, 14 out of 32 trainees were tribal youths. Dr Chandramani Sahoo & Mr Gourahari Nanda, both from St John’s Ambulance, Bhubaneswar joined as resource persons.

 

The participants were very happy to learn simple but important lessons in first aid, which can help save lives during emergencies.

 

Plantation Drive By Tata Steel In Keonjhar

 

Tata Steel through the years has undertaken various measures to create a sustainable environment in and around its operational areas. These measures include reclamation and afforestation of land among others. The environmental responsibilities of the Company are driven by the commitment to preserve the environment. In line with this policy, the steel major launched massive plantation programmes in Keonjhar town in Odisha.

 

This initiative comes after a similar initiative at Joda, where more than 5,000 saplings are being planted in the first phase. In yet another endeavour to increase the green cover in and around the Keonjhar town, more than 10,000 saplings are being planted keeping in with the spirit of the “International Year of Forests - 2011”. Mr. D.V. Swamy, IAS, Collector & District Magistrate, Keonjhar launched the plantation programme by planting a sapling. He appreciated the efforts of Tata Steel in creating awareness on the green cause.

 

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. D.B. Sundara Raman (General Manager, OMQ) announced that the Company would plant and take care of 10,000 saplings in the Keonjhar municipal area. The Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Keonjhar, Mr. S. K. Mohanty (IFS) and the Chairman of the Keonjhar Municipality, Mr. Pravanjan Patnaik, Mr. D. B. Sundara Raman, GM (OMQ) and Mr. R. R. Sathpathy (Chief, Tata Steel, Joda) were among the dignitaries present on this occasion. The journalists, senior citizens, students, teachers as well as officials of Tata Steel participated in the awareness programme.

 

Mega Health Camp Organised By TSRDS In Sukinda

 

Tata Steel believes that investing in the health and welfare of local communities and society generally is part of its duty as a corporate citizen. In accordance with this, the Company provides preventive and curative healthcare facilities in operational areas where local facilities are limited or non-existent.

 

As measures in that direction, Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM) of Tata Steel organised a multi-specialty health camp at the Shourika High School in the Chingudipal Gram Panchayat in Jajpur district of Odisha. 686 patients belonging to Chingudipal & Kaliapani Gram Panchayats availed free health service in the camp. All pathological investigation, PFT, X-Ray, ECG, Audiometry and medications were provided free of cost to the beneficiaries. Eighteen patients were referred to Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM) for further investigation.

 

TSRDS Distributes Medicated Mosquito Net To Villagers In Gopalpur

 

Feared since the days of the Roman Empire, malaria remains a major health problem. A mosquito may be tiny, but it carries some of the worst diseases in the world and kills more people than any other living creature. The scale of the problem is huge; over half of the world’s population lives in areas affected by malaria and nearly 800,000 people die every year from its effects – mostly children under five years of age and pregnant women. Malaria is the world's leading cause of childhood mortality, killing one child every 45 seconds.

 

The villagers living in the neighbourhood of Gopalpur are quite prone to malaria. In this context, for control of malaria, Tata Steel distributed medicated mosquito nets in Masur Kota village under Narayanpur Gram Panchayatin Rangeilunda block in the district of Ganjam. More than 200 medicated mosquito nets were distributed to about 120 families. The Sarpanch of Narayanpur, Sri Arun Mohakud, Panchayat Samiti member Sri Debaraj Patra and Ward member Sri Nakula Rana were present on this occasion.

 

More than 150 villagers were provided free health services and free medicines were distributed among the patients. Mr. Tanmay Kar, Unit Head of the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) and Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Sahu, officer, TSRDS, coordinated the programme.

 

TSRDS Sponsors Joda Youths for Training at J N Tata Technical Education Centre

 

Technical education provides adults with skills to use in the workforce. In the present times, possessing a high school certificate is not sufficient for many types of gainful employment. Unfortunately, the poor students are deprived of getting technical education, due to financial reasons. The problem is more acute in the tribal areas.

 

As a measure towards enabling the youth of Joda area to take advantage of technical education and consequent employment opportunities, the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) has sponsored twenty of the youth for pursuing technical education at J N Tata Technical Education Centre (JNTTEC), Gopalpur. TSRDS initiated a special drive for the purpose about two months back. Poor youth with matriculation qualification that intended to take up further studies were identified. More than 50 youth who were identified from the Joda municipal area were provided 2 months training to appear in the entrance examination of Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF).

 

Twenty candidates including 5 girls qualified in the entrance examinations, were selected for admission to JNTTEC. These students were taken to Gopalpur for counseling on 8th July and their admissions have been confirmed. Mr. D. B. Sundara Raman, General Manager (OMQ) met the candidates and congratulated them for the success. Mr. Sundara Raman asked the candidates to make good use of this great opportunity. He also appreciated the efforts of TSRDS in tracing these bright students and helping them in carving their future. Mr. R.R. Sathpathy, Chief Joda, Mr. Anand Sinha, Head (Admin.) and Mr. Sanjeev Mahapatra, Sr. Manager, CSS (Joda) were present on this occasion.

 

Joint Council Day organised at Joda East Iron Mine

 

There are a lot of different issues that can affect employee satisfaction, which has a direct bearing on employee productivity and overall corporate culture. The accelerated growth of diversity in the workforce over the last few decades has spawned new developments in managing employee relations, making it one of the biggest challenges.

 

In this backdrop and aiming at creating a good environment at the work place, the half yearly Joint Council Day (JDC) meeting was organised by Tata Steel at the equipment section of Joda East Iron Mine (JEIM). It was organised jointly by Joda East Iron Mine, Joda Central Organization (JCO) & Khandbond Iron Mine (KIM). This is in line with Tata Steel’s commitment towards creating an ideal work environment driven by high standards and values. This is a continuous process in Tata Steel where every six months, the representatives of the management and the employees get together in a meeting called “Joint Council Day”. Various issues pertaining to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), production, productivity, future planning, infrastructure, recruitment, future targets, teamwork, health facility and education are discussed in this meeting. In the JDC held on 14th July 2011, Mr. D.B. Sundara Raman, General Manager (OMQ) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

 

Mr. R.R. Satpathy (Chief, Joda), Mr. Anurag Dixit (Chief, Khandbond Iron Mine), Mr. Rajpal Sinha (Head, HR/IR, OMQ), Mr. Muna Kujur (General Secretary, JCO union), Sri K.C. Biswas (President, JCO Union), Sri D.C. Das (General Secretary, JEIM Union), Sri D.P. Bhusal (President, JEIM Union), Sri Manohar Sinku (Gen. Secy, KIM Union), and Sri Nirakar Panda (President, KIM Union) were among the dignitaries present on this occasion. Mr. Saroj Banerjee (Head, Engineering Services, OMQ), Mr. B.D. Nanda (Head, FAP, Joda), Mr. Anand Sinha (Head, Administration), Mr. Debasish Jena (Head, Equipment Maintenance, JEIM), and senior executives of the company were present on this occasion.

 

Several issues were discussed in the meeting. More than 500 employees actively participated in the programme and shared their issues with the management. The management also committed to solving some of the demands raised by the Union. Appreciating the best performing employees, the Chief Guest distributed prizes to some of the employees.

 

TSRDS launches Mobile Health Clinic at Gopalpur

 

Tata Steel believes that investing in the health and welfare of local communities and society generally is part of its duty as a corporate citizen. The Company provides preventive and curative healthcare facilities in operational areas where local facilities are limited or non-existent. As measures in that direction, Tata Steel launched its weekly mobile health van service in the Kalipalli village of Chhatrapur Block in the district of Ganjam. More than 100 people from the Kalipalli village availed the services of the mobile health van.

 

This free health care service will be extended to 20 villages of Kalipalli, Chamakhandi, Narendrapur, Narayanpur and Luhajhar Gram Pachayats. Dr. Debasish Bebarta and Dr. Jyoti Prakash Parija treated the patients and free medicines were distributed to the patients. P. Parvati Reddy of Kalipalli Gram Panchayat, Kailash Pallai, member, Zilla Parishad, Sushanta Sahu, Naib Sarapanch and village committee members joined the inaugural ceremony. Mr. Arabinda Kumar Sinha, Chief, Gopalpur Industrial Park (GIP) was present on this occasion. Mr. Tanmay Kar, Unit Head, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), Gopalpur and Mr. Sanjib Kumar Sahu, officer of TSRDS conducted the programme.

 

TRL Krosaki Observes VanaMahotsav in Belpahar

 

TRL Krosaki Refractories Limited observed VanaMahotsav in its Township, Belpahar on 12th July 2011. More than 300 fruit bearing saplings were planted in a one-acre patch of land in the BR High School campus. This programme was organised by the Horticulture and Community Development & Social Welfare Departments of the Company.

 

Mr. Ainthu Sethi, IFS, DFO, Sambalpur (Northern Division) and Dr. A. K. Chattopadhyay, Managing Director, TRL Krosaki, inaugurated the programme by planting two Jackfruit saplings. Mr. B. K. Dash, Tehsildar, Lakhanpur, Mr. D.C. Jeet, Forest Range Officer, Belpahar Range and Mr. Kiyotaka Oshikawa were among the dignitaries present on this occasion. Senior executives of KHC and TRL Krosaki, school teachers, students and members of the Ladies Club also participated in the plantation programme.

 

Tata Refractories Limited (now TRL Krosaki Refractories Limited) launched its plantation programme in the early nineties. So far the company has planted 3.52 lakh saplings in and around its campus and in the community. This year the company is working out plans to plant 5000 saplings in the township as well as in the periphery area. Last year, the company had planted 7000 teak saplings in Banjari village near the Ashram school as part of its eco-restoration programme.

 

Health Camp organised on World Population Day

 

Seeking treatment for even common ailments is difficult for many villagers due to monetary constraints. This problem is acute in the remote areas of Odisha. Realising this, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) focuses on improving the health status of the villagers within its operational area.

 

As a measure in that direction and commemorating the occasion of World Population Day, the TSRDS (Sukinda) organised a Health Camp at Ashram School, Siriakhali under Kankadapal Gram Panchayat in Sukinda block in Jajpur district on 11th July 2011. Sri Sarat Nayak, Sarpanch, Kankadapal inaugurated the camp in the presence of school teachers and villagers.

 

Two hundred and sixteen school children were examined in the camp. Out of them, 8 patients were referred to Sukinda Chromite Mine Hospital for further treatment in departments like Obstetrics and Gynecology (O&G) as well as Medicine and ENT specialty care. Dr. Rajesh Kumar (Paediatrics), SCM Hospital and Dr. Jayant Tripathy, Sr. Medical Officer, TSRDS, Sukinda conducted the camp.

 

JEIM Employee Bags Prime Minister's Shram Vir Award

 

Sri Sarat Kumar Mahanta, working as Charge Hand (Diesel) in the Equipment and Maintenance Department of Joda East Iron Mine (JEIM) of Tata Steel has bagged the Prime Minister's Shram Vir award for the year 2010. He is one amongst the 19 employees from the private sector who have been selected for the award. This award is given in recognition of the distinguished performances, innovative abilities, outstanding contribution in the field of productivity and exhibition of exceptional courage and presence of mind.

 

Sri Mahanta belongs to Gumura village in the district of Keonjhar. He joined Tata Steel as an apprentice in the Mechanic Earth Moving Machinery (MEMM) section in 1979. He appeared for the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT) Trade Test in 1983 and emerged successful. In 1993, he successfully came through the Trade Test of Charge and was promoted to Charge Hand (P) in 1998. During his tenure at Tata Steel, Sri Mahanta worked within different capabilities with various types of hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical machines. He also encouraged and mentored others to adopt modern maintenance practices like TBM, CBM etc. He received the suggestion award and his innovative ideas were recognized in various forums and levels - in small group activities and small improvement projects, both within and outside the organisation.

 

One among his major innovations was the modification of the PTO drive shaft of IDM-30 Drill Master made to eliminate frequent breakage of the shaft and cross bearing resulting in breakdown of MC. The PTO Shaft spline joint was strengthened by increasing its diameter by 5mm, keeping the size of the universal joint same. This modification totally eliminated the premature failure of splines joint of PTO shaft. Similarly, designing and development of additional lube oil suction in IDM-45 Drill Master, to eliminate the frequent tripping problem of the engine due to high water temperature at high RPM, to improve reliability of MC and life of the engine is another innovation attributed to him.

 

That apart, his innovations included designing, development and replacement of the hydraulic motor operated vaposol water pump provided for wet drilling through installation of pneumatically operated water injection system to ensure zero failure and 100 percent wet drilling. He was also awarded during the Director General Mines Safety Week celebration in 1996-97. He will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 60,000 and a Sanad as a part of the Prime Minister's Award.

 

The Government of India instituted the Prime Minister's Shram Awards in 1985 and the awards are conferred to workers for their distinguished performances, innovative abilities, and outstanding contribution to improve productivity, innovation, and exceptional dedicated work.

 

Tata Steel launches massive Plantation Programme in Joda

 

Forests are precious natural resources and an integral source of livelihood with 1.6 billion people of the world depending on them. They also contribute to regulating the climate, sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity globally as well as locally. The year 2011 has been declared as “International Year of Forests” by the United Nations with the aim to raise awareness and strengthen sustainable development, conservation and management of all types of forests for the improvement of livelihood and benefit of current and future generations.

 

Considering the vision of forest conservation programmes at various levels, Tata Steel launched an awareness drive and a massive plantation programme at Joda on 12th July 2011. The plantation was taken up at Shastrinagar under Joda municipal area. The Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Keonjhar, Mr S K Mohanty (IFS) joined as the Chief Guest at the launch. He lauded the efforts of Tata Steel in this regard at the function.

 

Mr R K Dash, Chairman of Joda Municipality was the Guest of Honour at this function. He urged Tata Steel employees, students, councillors and other dignitaries present to work for a clean and green Joda. He also called upon all concerned to take up massive plantation activities in the town. Speaking on this occasion, Mr D B Sundara Raman, General Manager (OMQ), stated that Tata Steel would plant 5000 trees in the Joda municipality area. Mr R R Sathpathy, Chief (Joda), Mr Anurag Dixit, Chief, Khandbond Iron Mine and Mr Sanjeev Mohapatra, Unit Head, TSRDS (Joda) were among the dignitaries present on this occasion.

 

TB Awareness Camp organised in Sukinda

 

India accounts for one-fifth of the global tuberculosis (TB) cases. Each year nearly 2 million people in India develop TB, of which around 0.87 million are infectious cases. To remain successful in the fight against tuberculosis, keeping awareness at high levels is seriously needed. To further strengthen awareness pertaining to this disease, the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) organised a TB Awareness Programme for the residents of Mankdia Basti near Sukinda in Jajpur district in Odisha on 7th July, 2011.

 

"Mankdia" are the primitive tribes of this area who are economically very backward. Malnutrition and orthodox culture have contributed immensely towards their economic backwardness. As a measure to educate them on the prevention and cure of TB, a special awareness programme was organised by TSRDS, Sukinda in association with the District Health Department, Jajpur. Dr. Jayant Tripathy, Sr. Medical Officer led the TSRDS team. "Asha" and "Anganwadi" workers extended their cooperation in conducting the awareness camp.

 

The people of the Basti were screened for suspected TB cases. This was followed up by further examination and sputum checkup the next day. Existing TB patients were further provided medicine and were supplied with a health drink – Horlicks, to add to their nutrition. A total of thirty-four Basti residents benefited from this programme.

 

TSRDS facilitates Free Education for 20 Poor Students at AVS

 

Education is a basic human right, and one that is vital to personal and societal development. Tata Steel supports the right to free and compulsory education for all children up to the age of at least 14, and also contributes to initiatives aimed at improving literacy levels among adults.

 

The Company provides financial support to a number of primary schools close to its operating sites and to families who would otherwise not be able to afford the school fees for their children. In yet another endeavour aimed at facilitating free education for poor children, the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) has sponsored the residential schooling of 20 poor students of Joda area at Adivasi Vikas Samity (AVS), Kainsi.

 

Padmashri Tulasi Munda heads the Adivasi Vikas Samity (AVS), a non-government organisation supported by the India Literacy Project covering 10 villages and temporary settlements. Adivasi Vikas Samity's intervention has been on the educational front. Its projects target children in the tribal habitations through the child education centres. The residential school, which runs under the aegis of Smt. Munda, provides boarding, lodging and education to poor children at a much-subsidized cost.

 

These children belong to the nearby villages of Netrapalli (Nayagarh Gram Panchayat in Jhumpura block), Kamarjoda village (under Joda Municipality), Khandbond and Guruda villages (under Joda block) and Gedai village (Malda Gram Panchayat under Koida block) in Keonjhar district. Students from those villages seldom go to school due to inaccessibility of educational facilities and the prevalent socio-economic conditions, which provide no motivation to go to school. The children sent to AVS are in the age group of 6-11 years and belong to extremely poor tribal families. However, preferences have been given to the orphan and single parent's children.

 

Last year Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) had also sent 20 poor students to AVS, Kainchi. Rooted in the belief that the empowerment of a region depends on development from within, Tata Steel has always placed a lot of emphasis on improving education in Odisha at different levels. The Company has either built or aided in building more than 200 schools in the State.

 

TSRDS holds a Seminar at Gopalpur on World Population Day

 

As the world population this year is expected to surpass 7 billion, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners have launched a campaign called 7 Billion Actions. It aims to engage people, spur commitment and spark actions related to the opportunities and challenges presented by a world of 7 billion people.

 

In many ways a world of 7 billion is an achievement: Globally, people are living longer and healthier lives and couples are choosing to have fewer children. However, as so many couples are in, or will soon be entering their reproductive years, the world population is projected to further increase for decades to come. Meeting the needs of current and future generations presents daunting challenges.

 

To mark World Population Day on the 11th of July, the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) Gopalpur, organised a seminar at the Badapur Rehabilitation Colony. More than a hundred villagers, including pregnant women and teenage girls participated in the programme. Mrs Dipti Gouda, Ward Member of Badapur Gram Panchayat joined the seminar as the Guest of Honour. Dr. E Padmanav Rao of TSRDS discussed the reasons of population explosion and its effects. Ms Priyadarshini Sahu, Coordinator, Project Aastha informed villagers about the necessity of educating teenage girls and spoke on poverty alleviation. The programme was conducted by Mr Tanmay Kar, Unit Head of TSRDS, Gopalpur.

 

TSRDS focuses on increasing productivity for Gopalpur farmers

 

Diversity among the nations in their physical endowment, cultural heritage, and historical context precludes any universally applicable definition of the roles that agriculture should play in the process of economic growth. Agriculture as the sector is very important, with a huge workforce (about 60 percent of the total) engaged, it is in fact the backbone of Odisha's rural economy.

 

Technology has the potential to bring significant improvements in this sector by leveraging on the power of networking, collective wisdom and shared information, in order to align efforts and change the attitude. Modern farming practices and technologies have been implemented in many parts of the world and it also needs to spread out in other less advanced regions. In order to enable the biggest entrepreneur community i.e., farmers to deliver the best and consequently build a stronger nation and economy, communication networks and supporting infrastructure has to reach out to rural areas.

 

As initiatives in this direction, the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (Gopalpur) organised a training and vegetable seeds distribution camp at the Tata Steel Rehabilitation Colony of Luhajhar Gram Panchayat on 25th June 2011. More than 100 farmers from Patrapur, Badapur and Sindhigaon villages participated in it.

 

Mr. Sanjib Kumar Sahu, officer, TSRDS discussed about various modern ways of vegetable farming and the use of organic fertilizers. Dr. Banshidhar Panigrahi, the medical officer of TSRDS, also participated in the programme and discussed about the nutritional value of vegetables. Vegetable seeds were given to hundred farmers. Mr. L. Krishnamurti and Mr. Sadanand Maharana were also present in the camp.

 

Annual Welfare & Club Day celebrated at Joda

 

Joda East Iron Mine (JEIM) celebrated the Annual Welfare & Club Day 2011 at the Joda East Recreation Centre.  Mr. & Mrs. Sundara Raman (GM, OMQ) joined as the Chief Guest and inaugurated the ceremony. Other dignitaries present on this occasion included senior officials like Mr. B.D. Mohanty (Chief, Processing, OMQ), Mr. R.R. Satapathy (Chief, Tata Steel Joda), Mr. Rajpal Sinha (Head, HR/IR), Mr. Anand Sinha (Head, Admin.), Mr. M.Z.M. Ansari (Head, HR/IR), Mr. Mukesh Ranjan (Head, Operations, JEIM), Mr. Debasish Jena (Head, Equipment Maintenance, JEIM), Mr. Awanish Kumar (Head, KIM) and the office bearers of trade Union.

 

The renovated Badminton Court and the new Gymnasium at Joda East were also inaugurated by the GM (OMQ). Various cultural programmes were organised by employees and their wards on this occasion. The Chief Guest distributed prizes to the participants of cultural events and the departmental sports competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tata Steel supports runner Arun Patro of Ganjam

 

In keeping with its rich tradition of promoting sports and providing better opportunities to young and budding sportsmen, Tata Steel extended a helping hand to Mr. Arun Kumar Patro of Ganjam district who would be participating in an international sports tournament to be held in California, USA.

 

On prior occasions, Mr. Patro, a well-known runner of Tura Gram Panchayat under Rangeilunda Block of Ganjam district, has proved his mettle. He was adjudged second in the 10 km. relay competition organised by TSRDS at Jamshedpur in 1997. His sports life took off from there and he never looked back. He has participated in various national and international tournaments held in India and abroad. The Company donated the sportsman a cheque of Rs. 1,00,000.

 

The cheque was handed over to Arun Kumar Patro in the presence of Dr. Pradip Kumar Panigrahi, honourable MLA of Gopalpur, Dr. Kishan Kumar, Collector Ganjam District, Mr. Sashi Bhushan Padhi, Additional District Magistrate, Ganjam and Mr. Shasank Sekhar Rautray, Senior Manager, Tata Steel.

 

FAMD, Sukinda observes July as ‘Ethics month’

 

The Ferro Alloy and Mineral Division (FAMD), Sukinda is celebrating the month of July as ‘Ethics Month’. A function was organised at the administrative office lawn to observe the event on July 1, 2011. Inaugurating the event, Mr. L.S. Divakera, General Manager, stressed upon the high ethical behavior shown by the employees of FAMD. He called upon the employees to not only be ethical in general but also to demonstrate their natural ethical behavior at work. He underscored the importance of having a system in place to register various concerns.


Mr. Sushanta Kumar Mishra (Head, mining) informed the august gathering that this is the year where employees should "Speak Out". Further, a new toll free number will be available 24X7 for employees to raise any unethical issue.  However, the concerned person would have to provide his identity. Mr. Anil Kumar, the Ethics Counselor read out the Safety pledge, which was repeated by the employees.

 

Mr. G.K. Guin, Divisional Ethics Coordinator called upon the employees to raise concerns pertaining to unethical conduct. Sri R.C. Pradhan, General Secretary of the Workers' Union praised the efforts of Tata Steel in starting the Odisha Project in Kalinganagar after an effort of 7 years. Ethics month will have a full month’s calendar in line with Tata Steel’s programmes.

 

Tata Steel strives to empower members of ULBs in Odisha

 

Tata Steel has embarked on a mission to empower members of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in Odisha. Since the role of a ULB representative is vital to the overall development of the areas they represent, the Company organised a visit-cum training programme for ULB members at the Gandhi Labour Foundation in Puri.

 

The two-days training-cum-orientation programme was organised from 25th to 26th June 2011 for Councillors of Joda Municipality. It was also attended by Mr. R.K. Dash, Chairman of Joda Municipality.

 

The idea behind the initiative is to improve public welfare and ensure participation of stakeholders in various developmental interventions that are undertaken by the Company in its operational areas. It also seeks to create awareness on sustainable development and improve the quality of life of underdeveloped sections of society through initiatives in mining & industrialization.

 

Mr. Braja Kishore Mishra, a well-known intellectual, Dr. S.N. Patro (expert on the environment) and Mr. Nirakar Behura (Expert on Panchayati Raj) deliberated on various aspects of sustainable development through economic utilization of natural resources of Odisha. He stressed on the role of representatives of the local self-government in socio-economic development of the community. Group discussions were also held during the workshop.  Mr. R.K. Dash, Chairman, Joda Municipality praised Tata Steel for taking such an initiative. 

 

Mr. R.R. Satpathy (Chief, Tata Steel Joda) and Mr. Rajesh Chintak  (Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel Odisha) discussed various CSR initiatives taken by Tata Steel in Odisha.

 

 

Unemployed Joda Youth to be trained in Construction Skills

 

The construction industry in India is the second largest employment-generating sector in India after agriculture, engaging about 33 million people. Moreover, the effect of globalisation has enabled the construction industry to adopt the latest technologies in both the materials used and the methods of construction, thereby resulting in a growing demand for world class quality in workmanship.  

 

In order to develop a skilled workforce that can meet the demands in the construction sector and enable the youth of Joda to take advantage of it, the CSS division of Tata Steel, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) and Larsen & Toubro is jointly organising a training programme on construction skills.

 

Fifteen unemployed villagers from Khondbond, Guruda, Ganua, Rangamatia and Khandbond Iron Mine (KIM) area have been selected for this training, spanning 600 hours spread over 3 months. They would be provided a stipend of Rs 2000 per month (Rs 500 extra for candidates belonging to BPL family) during the training period.

 

The curriculum comprises both practical (80%) and classroom (20%) training sessions. The selected candidates would be trained in formwork carpentry, bar bending and steel fixing, electrical, and masonry, which includes brickwork and blockwork.

 

 

Inter-village ‘Pragati’ Football Match held at Malda and Khondbond

 

After the inaugural matches, the league matches of Inter-Village ‘Pragati’ Football Tournament were held at Malda and Khondbond. In the second league match played at OMC Playground on 21st June, Sri Ganesh Club of Khondbond Basti won through a penalty score, against Maa Laxmi Club of OMC Khandbond. Mr. Abnesh Kumar (Head Mining, Khandbond Iron Mine) joined as Chief Guest and inaugurated the match.

 

On 23rd June, Jai Sriram Team of Sanpatuli beat Kolmang Youth Club to move to the next round. The match, organised at the Tata Steel Playground, Malda was inaugurated by Mr. Nadia Naik, (Sarpanch, Malda Gram Panchayat). Mr. Pankaj Kumar (Sr. Manager, Malda Manganese Mine), Mr. Dasaratha Barik, Mr. Pranakrushna Buda, Mr. Asman Majhi were present on this occasion among others.

 

Similarly, in another match held on 24th June 2011, Dhabaleswar Team, Patamunda beat Babamani Nageswar Team of Sargigarh to move to the next round.  Mr. Kumar and Mr. Barik distributed prizes to the winning teams.

 

Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Mahapatra, Unit Head, TSRDS (Joda), Mr. Kaushik Das, Ex-Head TSRDS, Mr. Chanda Munda, representative of the Khandbond Village committee and Mr. M.R. Ratha (Head, Equipment), were among the dignitaries present on this occasion. 

 

The ‘Pragati’ Inter-village Football Tournament at Joda is a Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) initiative to promote sports, particularly football, in rural areas.

 

 

TSRDS organises Health Camp at Sukinda

 

Tata Steel has always endeavoured to provide better health services to the people living in and around the areas of its operations. To ensure better health care facilities, the Company continues to re-affirm its commitment through setting up of Hospitals in the interior areas, introducing mobile health care units and organising health camps.

 

As a step in that direction, the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) organised a Health Camp at Kusumundia Primary School in Sukinda, which was inaugurated by Mr. Routa Dehury, Ward member and Senior Citizen of Kusumundiain, in the presence of other villagers and schoolteachers. More than 182 villagers availed services of the Health Camp and seven patients were referred to the SCM Hospital for Eye, Skin and ENT specialty care.

 

The health check-up was conducted by Dr. Rajesh Kumar (Paediatrics, SCM Hospital) and Dr. Jayant Tripathy (Sr. Medical Officer, TSRDS). Mrs. Bhagabati Mohanta (member, Zila Parisad, Jajpur) was among the dignitaries present on this occasion. Earlier this year, TSRDS conducted two other health camps at Kakudia and Kalarangi on 7th and 20th June respectively

 

 

TKRL conducts an agriculture awareness campaign at the Kureimal village

 

TRL Krosaki Refractories Limited conducted an Agriculture Awareness Campaign in Kuraimal village (Lakhanpur Block, District Jharsuguda) in association with the District Agriculture Department on June 09, 2011. It was coordinated by Mr. S. A. Habib and Mr. P. K. Pattanayak of the CD & SW Department of TKRL. Dr. Bijayananda Mohanty, Dy. Director (Agriculture) and Mr. Kishore Chandra Dwibedi, Block Agriculture Officer (Lakhanpur) joined as the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour respectively.

 

More than a hundred farmers attended the programme to discuss their problems and received suitable suggestions and solutions from experts. Dr. Mohanty discoursed on cultivation of crops like pulses, oil seeds, vegetables, turmeric, ginger, and mushroom and encouraged farmers to venture into alternative income generation opportunities like poultry and dairy farming, goat rearing, fisheries etc. He also visited the farmlands in the area and educated farmers about how worms and other parasites affected fruits & vegetable crops. Several preventive measures were also discussed.

Participating farmers, including Mr. Duryodhan Sahoo, Mr. Gokul Chandra Barik, Mr. Kishore Chandra Barik, Mr. Chandamani Barik, Mr. Ghanshyam Dishyal, Mr. Sachindra Pradhan and Mr. Iswar Chandra Barik presented their case studies in the programme. 

 

 

Experts praise Tata Steel’s R&R Initiatives at Kalinganagar

 

Academicians, research scholars and experts have appreciated the quality of Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) measures undertaken by Tata Steel at Kalinganagar where the steel major is setting up of a 6 million tonne integrated steel project. Dignitaries and experts who participated in a seminar titled ‘Kalinganagar: Past and Present’, organised by Odisha Forum in New Delhi appreciated the measures taken by the Company in this regard.

 

Dignitaries present on this occasion included Mr. Surya Narayan Patro (Revenue, Disaster Management and Information & Public Relations Minister, Odisha), Mr. Nila Madhab Mohanty (retired IAS), Mr. Sarat Das and Mr. Ravi Pani of Odisha Forum. Mr. Patro, who joined as the Guest of Honour, provided a brief background of the mining industry and stressed on the role of the steel industry in the economic development of Odisha.

 

He also emphasised on the importance of striking a fine balance between environment, industrial development and people’s livelihoods. Citing the example of Tata Steel’s exemplary work, he said, such a balance was successfully attempted in Kalinganagar. Mr. Patro stated that the Kalinganagar project work is progressing smoothly and the State Government would provide all support to the Company for early commencement of production from there. Mr. Hridayeshwar Jha, Vice President (Odisha project) of Tata Steel, highlighted the progress of the Kalinganagar project and hoped that the steel plant would be commissioned by the end of 2013. Mr. Rajesh Chintak, Chief Resident Executive (CRE), Tata Steel (Odisha) made a presentation on the various CSR activities taken up by the Company and apprised the audience about the progress made at Kalinganagar.

 

 

Paddy seed treatment programmes on Kharif cultivation

 

Aimed at increasing the efficacy of paddy seed treatment for Kharif cultivation among the farmers in the Sukinda area, the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) organised a one-day training-sensitisation programme on 23rd May 2011. It was held at Sourik High School, Chingudipal. The initiative is of significance as seed treatment holds the key to increasing the productivity as well as the survival rate of various plants. 

 

In total, 63 farmers from 10 villages of Chingudipal Gram Panchayat attended this programme. Mr. A.K. Mohapatra, Plant Protection Officer, Jajpur Road & extension workers of Pallishree, a local NGO of Jajpur, imparted training to the farmers.

 

The farmers were asked to demonstrate their learning with all safety precautions. Mr. Satyanrayan Nanda, Unit Head of TSRDS impressed on the farmers the fact that for healthy and smooth growth, seed treatment has the same importance for plants as immunisation has for babies. Mrs. Bhagabati Mohanto, Zilla Parisad member, distributed tool kits to the farmers on this occasion.

 

 

Tata Business Support Services select Joda youth for BPO Training

 

To facilitate employment for the un-employed youth living in and around Tata Steel’s Joda Mines area, Tata Business Support Services (TBSS) organised an interview to select candidates for BPO training in collaboration with Vidya Shakti (Learning & Development Centre) of Tata Sponge and Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS).

 

The two-day interview session for candidates (selection criterion – at least +2 qualified) were held at Vidya Shakti, Bileipada on 27th and 28th May 2011. More than 100 aspirants from Birkala, Anseikala, Chamakpur, Deojhar, Kandara, Jajanga and Jalahari Panchayat areas and Joda Municipal Area joined in the interview process.

 

Thirty-six candidates were selected for four months training in BPO. They will also have to appear for two semester examinations to be held during the training. Based on the response, TSRDS plans to conduct such programmes regularly in future.

 

 

TSRDS organises Kharif training programme in Sukinda

 

Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), Sukinda in association with ‘Krishi Vigyan Kendra’ (KVK), Keonjhar organised a two day Kharif Cultivation Training Programme on 8th & 9th June 2011. More than 50 farmers from key periphery villages like Kusumundia, Kakudia and Mohulkhal attended the training programme that was conducted at Kakudia Primary School.

 

Mr. Rajeev Singhal, EIC, FA&MD and Mr. Sushanta Kumar Mishra, Chief (Mining) were among the dignitaries present on this occasion. Mr. Singhal urged the farmers to grow low risk cash crops like mustard and also encouraged mass-scale backyard vegetable cultivation. Mr. Uma Shankar Nayak from KVK-Keonjhar, a domain expert, briefed participants on cropping pattern and the cultivation situation in peripheral areas. Villagers expressed their concerns pertaining to water scarcity and crop damages by wild elephants.

 

Mr. Singhal also emphasized on enrolling more students in the existing schools. The schoolteachers were requested to take steps for educating all the children at least up to primary school level so that further skill development can be taken up at a later stage.

 

 

World Environment Day (WED) observed in FAP, Bamnipal

 

Aimed at creating a clean and sustainable environment, Ferro Alloys Plant (FAP), Bamnipal, planted fruit-bearing saplings on the World Environment Day. Mr. K.S. Raju, Chief of FAP and Mrs. Raju launched the programme in the officer’s colony.

 

Tata Steel officials including Mr. D.R. Dash (Sr. Manager), Mr. S. Bruhaspati (Sr. Manager), Mr. R. Nayak (Safety Manager) and Mr. Umesh Rath (Sr. Manager) were present on this occasion. Ms. Sasmita Swain, Programme Coordinator of TSRDS conducted this programme.

 

 

Mass Awareness Rally organised at Gopalpur on World Environment Day

 

Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), Gopalpur observed the World Environment Day on 5th June 2011. An awareness rally was organised at Sindhigaon, Patrapur and Badapur villages in the Rehabilitation Colony to mark the occasion.

 

More than 200 school children and respective village committee members participated in the awareness rally. Mr. Arvind Sinha, Chief of Gopalpur Industrial Park (GIP), launched a plantation programme in the premises of the R&R office. The programme was also taken up at Sindhigaon Health Centre and at Badapur and Patrapur Community Centres.

 

That apart, an awareness meeting on the World Environment Day was organised at Patrapur village. Dr. N.C. Mahanta of Tata Steel joined as the Chief Guest. Mr. Sanjib Sahu officer of TSRDS, Gopalpur and Mr. Tanmay Kar, Unit Head, TSRDS conducted the programme.

 

Tata Steel celebrates World Environment Day at Joda

 

In Joda, Environment Day celebrations at Tata Steel was marked by a Prabhat Pheri from Ferro Alloys Plant (FAP) Centenary Park to the Vocational Training Centre (Joda West) and plantation of fruit bearing saplings.

 

Mr. R.K. Das (Chairman, Joda Municipality) joined as the Chief Guest and inaugurated the rally. School children, councillors from Joda Municipality, senior officials of Tata Steel and security personnel joined in the Prabhat Pheri. The plantation programme was launched with Mr. Das planting a tree. Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Das lauded the efforts of Tata Steel in the area and urged for pollution free Joda.

 

Senior officials of Tata Steel like Mr. B.D. Mohanty (Chief, Processing, OMQ), Mr. Dillip Nayak (Councillor, Joda Municipality), Mr. Sridhar Modi (Councillor, Joda Municipality), Smt. Sashmita Mohanty (Councillor, Joda Municipality) and Mr. Sushant Kumar Bebarta (Councillor, Joda Municipality) were present on this occasion.

 

Prizes were distributed to students who excelled in drawing and essay competitions organised on the occasion. Mr. M.Z.M. Ansari (Head, HR/IR), Mr. Anand Sinha (Head, Admin) and Mr. Niranjan Sahu (Sr. Manager, JEIM) were among the dignitaries present on this occasion

 

Sukinda Chromite Mine celebrates World Environment Day

 

Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM) celebrated World Environment Day on the 5th of June 2011. During the morning, mass plantation programme was organised by the Environment department of SCM and launched by Mr. G.K. Guin, Head (Mine & Production Planning). Mr. Ashok Ghosh, Head (Admin), Mr. S.S. Mishra (Senior Manager, Mining) and Mr. B.K. Sahu, president of Sukinda Mine Workers' Union also planted trees on this occasion. Mr. Dipak Behera and Mr. Ramesh Mishra, recipient of Paryabaran Bandhu’ Award from IBM organised the programme.

 

Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) organized programmes on awareness in Kusumundia, Kakudia and Mahulkhal villages. Mr. Naba Kishore Mahalik (Ex- Professor of Geology, Utkal University) joined as Chief Guest in a function organised at Kusumundia village UP School. Mrs. Sushila Bindhani (Vice Chairman, Sukinda Block) and Mrs. Bhagabati Mohanto (member, Zilla Paisad) were among the dignitaries present on this occasion. Under the guidance of Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), fruit bearing trees were planted inside the campus.

 

Mr. Sarat Nayak, Sarpanch of Kankadapal Gram Panchayat, Mr. Baman Dehury, the village Headman and Mr. Rout Dehury, Ward Member also joined in the programme. Villagers put forth their views on various aspects of environmental protection. They also took out awareness rallies from Kakudia to Kusumundia and from Mohulkhal to Kusumundia to mark the occasion.

 

In the evening, drama and other cultural programmes were organised at the Katepurty Auditorium in which Prof. N.K. Mahalik and Mr. Manas Ranjan Samal (Tehsildar Sukindagarh), joined as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively. The children of the members of Gyatri Mahila Samiti, Vimtangar performed a skit (Dukha Janeiba Kahaku) on this occasion. 

 

Tata Steel initiative brings Cheers to Farmers in Ganjam

 

Ganjam happens to be one of the agrarian districts of Odisha with villagers being extremely dependent on farming. However, the unfortunate super-cyclone in 1999 destroyed the lift irrigation points, which happened to be the backbones of irrigation facility in the district. This subsequently resulted in farmers not being able to use their land adequately. Though they continued with cultivation of paddy during the rainy season, it was not profitable due to scanty rainfall. The situation turned worse with farmers leaving farming altogether and going outside the state to earn a living.

 

Realising the hardships faced by the farmers in the district and to stop unwanted migration of farmers to other states, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), Gopalpur in collaboration with Land and Water Management Division Ganjam District started work on revamping the Lift Irrigation (LI) points. Under Land and Water Management project, the overhaul work was started in 2007- 2008 in four blocks - Chhatrapur, Sheragad, Hinjilikatu and Digapahandi. Twenty-two LI points were reconstructed at Hinjilikatu and Chhatrapur block, which benefited 1400 families with irrigation facility to 725 acres of land.

 

The process was taken forward in 2009-2010 with 12 LI points being revamped. About 475 acres of land were irrigated benefiting 500 families. This initiative has ushered in better income and better standards of living for the families and has become instrumental in heralding in socio-economic change for the farmers in the district.

 

The Land and Water Management Project started by TSRDS has benefitted a large number of farmers in Burupada village under Hinjilikatu Block, Kurula village under Sheragad Block and Badamadhapur village under Chhatrapur Block, where 8 LI points were revamped. For making these LI points functional throughout the year, TSRDS, Gopalpur received a token amount of Rs 5,000 per deep borewell LI points and Rs 10,000 per LI point from river, from the farmers. However, it actually spent about Rs 3, 50, 000 from its own coffer for revamping each LI point.

 

And the results are there for every one to see. Sri Bankanidhi Patra of Kurula village and Sri Kishore Reddy of Badamadhapur village are two farmers who have been able to take up vegetable farming round the year due to this irrigation facility. Significantly, more than 1150 acres of land were brought under irrigation, benefiting more than 2000 families in FY 09 and FY 10.

 

Further, to develop the capacity building of the farmers, TSRDS, in collaboration with Central Board for Workers Education under the Ministry of Labour & Employment (CBWE), has been conducting various training programmes for Pani Panchayat members. It has helped in the smooth day-to-day functioning of Pani Panchayats.

 

Due to the intervention by TSRDS, the farmers are able to cultivate their lands round the year. Farming has turned profitable for these farmers and TSRDS has added to their economic prosperity. It has been an example of Industrialisation and Agriculture thriving growing together.

 

TSRDS organises Health Camp at Khajuria Pancham

 

Extending better healthcare services to the people in its periphery rural areas has always been a priority in Tata Steel's periphery development and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plan. To achieve ‘Healthcare for the villages’, the Company has taken a number of initiatives like that of setting up of hospitals in rural interiors, introduction of mobile health care units and conducting health camps among others. Tata Steel’s healthcare services have been reaching out annually to a population of almost 4 lakh in the interior villages of Odisha.

 

Providing Direct Health Services through its OPD & Mobile Health Unit (MHU) has been an important activity of TSRDS in this area. However, to reach out to the people from remote areas, TSRDS organised a Health Camp at Khajuria Pancham village under Rasol Gram Panchayat in Harichandanpur Block of Keonjhar District on 26th May 2011. This village did not have any health facilities and had to depend on Bamnipal, which is located about 7 km away. The poverty of the people was another stumbling block.

 

Officers from Ferro Alloys Plant (FAP), Bamnipal, Mr. G.P. Singh and Mr. Manoj Jha along with Mr. Naran Purty, Rasol Sarpanch, formally inaugurated the Health Camp. More than 130 patients were examined and provided with free medicine. Since this village comes within the Malaria infested zone, Malaria tests were conducted in suspected cases. Nineteen tests were conducted and surprisingly, all of them were found to be Malaria positive. These patients were given full course of medication and the first dose of injection was administered at the campsite itself.

 

The tribal villagers were all happy to be treated at their doorstep and have thanked TSRDS for organising the health camp in their village.

 

Tribal boy from Jajpur kicks off into big league

 

Tata Football AcademyNiranjan Sardar, a 15-year old tribal boy of village Kalarangatia in Jajpur district, has brought laurels for the District, State and the Sports Feeder Centre, set up by Tata Steel at Sansailo near Duburi. To give a fillip to the tribal sports aspirants of the region, Tata Steel set up the Sports Feeder Centre at Sansailo on April 14, 2008 on Odia New years’ day.

 

The tribal boy, trained at Sports Feeder Center (SFC) and subsequently at SAI Sports Hostel in Cuttack, has been selected to represent India in the Under-16 Asonal Cup in England to be held in July. He was spotted by his coach two years ago at a Talent Hunt camp organised by Tata Football Academy (TFA) in Kalinganagar. "I love to play football. My coach from TFA spotted me and took me under his wings two years ago," he said. Niranjan, the young footballer is noted for his pace and he is able to score goals with great ease "I play football for three to four hours every day, and do various exercises under the guidance of my coach," he added.

 

Carrying forward the mandate, SFC has successfully managed to train about 330 sports persons, many of whom have managed to shine at the national level. Till date, 12 batches have been imparted training successfully and the training for the 13th batch is continuing at present. The list of successful candidates includes Sk. Salem Ahmed, Rajesh Ray, Chandan Thappa, Gitanjali Mohanta, Niranjan Sardar, Ranjan Karua, Manas Champia, Deepak Kumar, Mangal Singh Munda, Balabhadra Munda, Subham Tudu, Mohan Hembram, Jitendra Majhi and Sunil Kumar Tudu among others.

 

Niranjan took to football at the age of ten when he was in class V, under the coaching of Mr. S.K. Jena in year 2008.  And since then he has been trying hard and doing his level best to represent the Country. Born to poor tribal parents, he is the youngest of three children.

 

It may be noted that two players trained at SFC recently brought laurels for their training Centre. Sk. Salem Ahmed was selected to represent Odisha in the National Sub-Junior Football Tournament held at Andaman & Nicobar Islands. He was also selected in the National School Football Team, which represented India at the international competition held in Brazil in April 2011. Similarly, Rajesh Ray, trained in archery at Sports Feeder Centre was one among the four players selected from the inter-district archery competition held in Balasore to represent the state archery team. He represented the state team in this year’s ‘Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhijan’ (PYKKA) competition. And Niranjan is now an international footballer, the only one from Jajpur, residing in the TFA sports hostel in Cuttack.

 

TRL Conducts Health Camp at Kudaloi

 

Tata Refractories Limited (TRL) located in Belpahar organised a health camp at Kudaloi Panchayat Office of Jharsuguda District on May 23, 2011 for the benefit of students and villagers in the local area.

 

About 442 people from the neighbouring villages were examined in the camp by the doctors of Jehangir Ghandy Hospital of TRL. The camp was organised jointly by the CD & SW Department and Jehangir Ghandy Hospital in association with ‘Bidhata’, an N.G.O. working in this area.

 

A blood donation camp was also organised in the same premises by ‘Bidhata’ in which a group of doctors comprising Dr. S.S. Sutar, Dr. S. C. Rout and Dr. K. B. Panda actively took part. Mrs. Noor Bidya Tooti, Chariman, Zilla Parishad, inaugurated the camp. Mr. S.A. Habib, Manager (HRM), Mr. H.K. Panda, Manager (Admin.), Mr. Mohammad Fakruddin, President, ‘Bidhata’ were among the dignitaries present on this occasion.

 

It may be noted, Tata Refractories Limited, through its CD & SW Department has been organising health camps under its CSR programme called ‘Arogya’. Apart from free health check-up, the beneficiaries are given free medicine. In the last financial year, the Company had conducted seven health camps in Belpahar Municipality and Lakhanpur block area where more than 3000 beneficiaries were examined and provided medicine. TRL intends to cover 3500 villagers, students and elderly people under this programme during 2011-12.

 

Budding Footballers of Odisha to be trained at TFA

 

Tata Steel in association with the Tata Football Academy (TFA), Jamshedpur has selected 20 young soccer talents, below the age of 16, from Odisha for training at Tata Football Academy (TFA), Jamshedpur. They would be provided intensive and advance training of international standard at TFA.

 

The young talents were felicitated in a function organised by Unit-6 Athletic Association of Bhubaneswar on 16th May 2011, before leaving for Jamshedpur. Mr. D.K. Samantaray, FA& CAO (East Coast Railway), Mr. Padmanav Behera, Hon’ble MLA & President of Unit-6 Athletic Association and Mr. Tapan Mohanty were among the dignitaries present at the felicitation ceremony.

 

The selected players would undergo training for nine days at TFA starting from 17th May 2011. The players would be provided lodging and boarding at Tata Sports Hostel, medical facility at Tata Main Hospital and receive necessary sports kits. This is the seventh year in a row that the soccer players from the state are being taken to TFA for training. Tata Steel would bear the entire expenditure incurred during this training period.

 

It may be noted, TFA, set up by Tata Steel in 2004 at Jamshedpur, aims to provide a perennial pool of young footballers trained and oriented to international standards, to the mainstream of national football. The association of TFA with Odisha being quite old and ever flourishing, the academy has brought out several football talents of the state to the limelight. The strategy has been to ‘Catch Them Young’ and to provide them the best in terms of training with modern techniques, strategy, psychological & physical conditioning and all other help to enable them to emerge winners in the international arena.

 

Tata Steel has taken several steps for promotion of sports in the state including the setting up of Tata Steel Sports Feeder Centre (TSFC) at Duburi in 2008. Experienced and reputed coaches from TFA impart both basic and advanced training in football and archery to candidates selected fro the state. These young talents are also sent to Tata Football Academy and Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur for better exposure and to avail more advanced facilities. To promote rural sporting talent, the Company regularly organises coaching-cum-talent hunt camps in archery and football in various places of Odisha.

 

AIDS Candlelight Day observed in Sukinda

 

Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), which has been running a Targeted Intervention (TI) Project in Sukinda area since 2002, organised a village level meeting at Majhi Sahi in Patana village on International AIDS Candlelight Day.

 

TI staff explained about the significance of awareness on HIV, care and treatment of PLHA, the negative effect of discrimination by family members, friends and at workplace and denial of PLHA rights in livelihood, education, healthcare among others.

 

Mrs. Sabita Mohanto, an HIV afflicted woman, narrated about her life story and her attitude to live positively. Mrs. Bhagabati Mohanto, Zilla Parishad member, Mrs. Manju Mohanto, Naib Sarpanch were among the PRI members present on this occasion.

 

The women folk separately had a group session with Mrs. Sabita Mohanto and clarified their doubts. Finally, the Red Ribbon designed Candles were lighted for those who have succumbed to AIDS. Apart from remembering the lives lost and also reaching out to those affected by HIV/AIDS, the Candlelight Memorial Programme serves as a community mobilisation campaign.

 

AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day observed at SATHI Community Care Centre

 

The 28th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day 2011 was observed at SATHI Community Care Centre (CCC) in Gopalpur, with the theme, ‘Advocate for Change’ on 15th May. The theme wishes to highlight how HIV has affected the lives of many people and how an improved HIV response with access to more treatment, better prevention methods and respect for human rights and dignity can transform the lives of people living with and affected by HIV. The programme was attended by the staff of SATHI, inmates and their attendants along with the invited guests.

 

Mr. Tanmay Kar, Unit Head, TSRDS (Gopalpur) underscored the importance of the event. Dr. E.P. Rao, Medical Officer, SATHI Community Care Centre explained the importance and need for preparing for the future. Two inmates of SATHI Community Care Centre spoke about their resolution to overcome everyday challenges and lead a positive life.

 

All the inmates along with their relatives, guests, and the staff lighted the Red Ribbon designed Candles and observed silence for two minutes, remembering those who have died of HIV/AIDS. Mr. Ashutosha Panda of SATHI Community Care Centre explained the need of people living with HIV for being strong and courageous to face the challenges in life and live life to its fullest.

 

With 33 million people living with HIV today, the Candlelight continues to serve as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers, and giving hope to the new generation.

 

'Prativa Mahila Samiti' Celebrates Annual Day

 

‘Prativa Mahila Samiti’, formed by the ladies of Sukinda Chromite Mine Colony celebrated its 21st Annual Day on 13th April 2011. ‘Prativa’, which made a small beginning, now has spread its activities in manifold directions. Apart from meeting once a week, the members take part in activities like observation of Safety Week, Environment Week, organising Gramin Mela, distribution of books to school children and providing scholarship to needy students.

 

Besides, other activities like donation of an almirah to the Adivasi Chinmayanada School, giving a water cooler to the local temple, providing food packets during family planning operations and donating blood during blood donation camps have been taken up by the Samiti.

 

Mr. L.S. Divakera, General Manager, Ferro Alloys & Minerals Division (FA&MD) joined as the Chief Guest in the function. In his address to the august gathering, Mr. Divakera praised the initiatives of Mahila Samiti for bringing all-round improvement at Sukinda. He also handed over a cheque for Rs 50,000 as financial assistance from Tata Steel to ‘Prativa’. Mrs. Usha Behera, Secretary, Prativa read out the annual report. This was followed by an entertainment programme. Senior officials of Tata Steel like Mr. S.K. Mishra, Mr. G.K. Guin, children and ladies of the colony were present on this occasion.

 

It may be mentioned here that ‘Prativa Mahila Samiti’ has recently got a makeover with a the renovated building being inaugurated by Mr. L.S. Divakera, General Manager (Operations) on 20th April 2011.The members of the Mahila Samiti and other employees of SCM were present on this occasion.

 

The architectural design for the new building has been conceptualised by Mr. Pankaj Nayak, Asst. Manager (Civil) and team led by Mr. Biraja Mishra. M/s Anu Engineering was entrusted with the construction work. The air-conditioned Mahila Samiti building now stands in a class of its own.

 

Tata Steel sponsors Odisha Football Team for Santosh Trophy

 

Tata Steel has been working for the development of football in Odisha since the last ten years. As a measure in that direction, Tata Steel is sponsoring the state team for the 65th Santosh Trophy National Football Championship being held in Assam from 6th to 28th May 2011. The 20-member state team met the Hon’ble Chief Minister at his residence (Naveen Niwas) to seek blessings and Sri Naveen Patnaik wished the state football team good luck for the Championship.

 

Mr. Rajesh Chintak, Chief Resident Executive (CRE), Tata Steel, Mr. Mohit Das, Head, Corporate Affairs, Tata Steel (Odisha), Mr. Debasish Samanatray MLA, Cuttack and President of the Football Association of Odisha (FAO) were among the dignitaries present on this occasion. Tata Steel and the FAO have joined hands in sponsoring the Senior Men's team of Odisha for Santosh Trophy.

 

Aimed at promoting sports in the state, Tata Steel has set up Sports Feeder Center (SFC) at Duburi and a stadium at Keonjhar. Besides, young talents of Odisha are trained in Tata Football Academy in Jamshedpur.

 

Fire Service Week celebrated at FAP, Joda

 

In India, 14th April is observed as ‘Fire Services Day’ in the memory of all fire professionals who sacrificed their lives to save others. On this day, in the year 1944, the fire personnel displayed exemplary courage and devotion to their duty as they fought the huge fire and explosion at Victoria Dock, Mumbai. A number of Fire Fighters lost their lives in this incident. Respect and homage is paid to all those firefighters who fought bravely to ensure the safety and security of others.


Aimed at generating fire safety awareness among the employees, school children and housewives, Ferro Alloys Plant (FAP), Joda observed National Fire Service Week from 14thApril to 20th April 2011. Mr. B.D. Nanda, Head, FAP (Joda) and Mr. Sanjeev Dogra, Manager (Security), FAP, Joda hoisted fire safety flag, in the presence of other officers and employees of FAP.


Awareness training was imparted to workers of various departments. The security officials demonstrated the firefighting procedures while a mock drill was also conducted on the occasion. The main objective of celebration of the National Fire Service Week is to create awareness among the people and the employees on fire safety and how to deal with fire accidents.

 

A suggestion Mela was organised at the end of a weeklong celebration in which 27 suggestions were recorded. Mr. V.N. Tiwary and Mr. Sanjeev Dogra, Manager (Security), FAP, Joda designed the entire programme.

 

Budding astronomers of Odisha visit ISRO

 

Twenty students from Odisha, with a penchant for astronomy, were given a chance to reach the stars. The students, from classes 8 to 12, visited the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bengaluru. The visit to this premier scientific facility was made possible through Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS-2010) programme, organised by Tata Steel in collaboration with Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Bhubaneswar. The budding astronomers had a wonderful and enriched experience.


They visited Antariksh Bhavan (the Corporate Office), Satellite Centre, integration unit of Satellites, Indian Deep Space Network Antenna, Technology Tracking & Command Network (ISTRAC) and Control room that was operating for Chandrayan – 1 among others. For some participants, the visit to ISRO was “once in a lifetime opportunity” and for others, it was just like a “dream come true”.


Dr. S. Satish, Director of ISRO, made a presentation before these budding talents on various types of satellites and their applications, during the visit. The students, hailing from different districts were selected through YATS-2010 and were awarded on the eve of the 175th anniversary celebrations of Mahamahopadhyay Chandrasekhar.

 

With a view to popularise the excellent contributions of the legendary Pathani Samanta in the field of astronomy and to spot and encourage young talents in the field of astronomy and space science among the school-going children, Tata Steel, in collaboration with Pathani Samanta Planetarium (PSP) has been organising YATS since 2007. 

 

TSRDS and NTTF start bridge course training programme at Joda

 

Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), in collaboration with Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF), Gopalpur, has started a bridge course training programme for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families of Joda area in Keonjhar district to make it possible them to take advantage of technical education.

 

NTTF is a prominent private educational trust in India, with campuses all over south India. NTTF, Gopalpur has been set up by Tata Steel to spur technical education among the youths of the state enabling them to avail the employment opportunities being created by the on-going industrialisation in Odisha. The Centre imparts three-year diploma course in Mechatronics, Electronics and Manufacturing Technology for boys and girls from the region. It also ensures hundred percent employment for the students, with the best Corporate houses in the Country as well as those overseas.

 

Started as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Tata Steel, the three weeks’ bridge course would span from 26th April to 14th May 2011.This endeavour is expected to enable the candidates belonging to SC/ST and other economically backward classes in getting admission to NTTF, Gopalpur.

 

The participants were encouraged to qualify in the entrance examination for NTTF courses and were also briefed about NTTF and its courses. More than 60 students from Joda and its nearby areas attended the training session. Mr. Sandip Kumar Mohanty, Training Officer of NTTF (Gopalpur), Mr. Bishnu Prasad Behera, Asst.Training Officer (Manufacturing Technology) of NTTF, Mr. Kuna Naik, Training Officer (E&T) of NTTF and Mr. U K Mondal, a local science teacher, imparted training to the participants in the first session.

 

Odisha Chief Minister flags off exposure visit of YATS finalists to ISRO

 

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Sri Naveen Patnaik flagged off the exposure visit of the Top Twenty budding astronomers of the state to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bengaluru on 29th April 2011. Conveying his best wishes for a very successful visit to ISRO, Sri Patnaik expressed the hope that it would enrich the minds of these young talents and help them to become future astronomers.

 

The Top Twenty were selected through Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS)-2010, organised by Tata Steel in collaboration with Pathani Samanta Planetarium. To enrich their minds further, a five-day exposure visit to ISRO, Bengaluru has been arranged starting from 30th April 2011.

 

These budding talents hailing from different districts were awarded on the eve of the 175th anniversary of Mahamahopadhyay Chandrasekhar Singhsamant Harichandan Mahapatra, popularly known as Pathani Samanta on December 13, 2010. The students would visit the facilities at Satellite Center and Indian Deep Space Network Antenna. Besides, they would get the rare opportunity of interacting with top astronomers and space scientists of our country.

 

With a view to popularise the excellent contributions of the legendary Pathani Samanta in the field of astronomy and to spot and encourage the young talents in the field of astronomy and space science, Tata Steel, in collaboration with Pathani Samanta Planetarium (PSP) has been organizing YATS since 2007.

 

Mr. Devendra Nath Gupta, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Mr. Sangramjit Nayak, Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Mr. Mohit Das, Head, Corporate Affairs and Communication, Tata Steel (Odisha) and Mr. P.K. Ghosh, Chief (projects) of Kalinganagar project of Tata Steel were among the dignitaries present on this occasion.

 

FA&MD organises Training for inching closer to TBEM

 

Tata Business Excellence Model (TBEM) is followed by several Tata Group companies to achieve organisation-wide business excellence through continuous improvement of quality in business processes and by focusing on other areas of management including leadership, customer and market focus, strategic planning, business performance, information management, and so on.

 

With the objective of reaching desired standards of TBEM, Tata Steel's Ferro Alloys and Minerals Division (FA&MD), is continuing with training and re-training its employees. As a step in that direction, an Integrated Management System Training was organised at Sukinda Training Centre.

 

Twenty officers and supervisory personnel of Sukinda, Bamnipal, FAP Joda, Gomardih, TS Alloys, Manganese Mines and Tata Steel Rural Development Society attended the training held from 18th April to 21st April 2011. Mr. K. Doraiswamy from IRQS (IRCLASS) joined as the trainer in this session, while it was co-ordinated by Mr. P.K. Mishra, Sr. Manager (Training).

 

The training sessions focused on effective understanding of various clauses in the requirements for ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 & OHSAS 18001:2007 standards. It also included demonstration on auditing processes. The doubts regarding various clause requirements were clarified with simple examples.

 

Day and night Cricket Tournament organised in Sukinda

 

In an endeavour to spread the message of leading a healthy lifestyle through sports among the villagers in the local area, Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM) organised a weeklong Day-and-Night Cricket Tournament in Sukinda. Mr. B.K. Sahu, General Secretary, SCM Workers Union inaugurated the tournament.

 

The matches were played from 6th April to 12th April 2011 at Sukinda Central playground. Eight teams from the neighbouring areas like Kankadapal, Ransol, Jajpur, Sansailo, OMC Kaliapani, Kuhika and Tata Mines participated in this tournament, organised by Cosac Club with assistance from Tata Steel.

 

In the finals, the Bajrang Cricket Club of Jajpur emerged winners after defeating the Rising Star Cricket Club of Tata Mines. Mr. Bikash Parida of Rising Star Club was declared ‘Man of the Match’ and Mr. Raghunath Das of Bajrang Cricket Club was declared ‘Man of Series'. Mr. Raisen Murmu, IIC of Kaliapani Police Station joined as the Chief Guest. Mr. Ashok Ghosh, Head (Admin) and Mr. B.K. Sahu, General Secretary, SCM Workers Union gave away prizes to the Champion and Runners up team.

 

Tata Steel has been encouraging the local teams to participate in friendly matches as it helps to improve the bonding between Tata Steel and the local community.

 

Tata Steel extends medical help to villagers at Tomka

 

Tata Steel has always endeavoured to provide advanced healthcare services to the people living in its areas of operations. Thus the Company has been rendering various health services singularly or jointly with various government and non-governmental organisations.

 

Following a request from the District Police of Jajpur, Tata Steel provided a doctor, paramedical staff and ambulance for a helath camp organised at Tomka village by the district police on 9th April 2011. More than 150 patients were treated in the camp.

 

Tomka, a tribal village in Jajpur district does not have any health facilities. While Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) provided a doctor, ambulance and other para-medical staff, Jajpur District Police distributed free medicines to the patients in the camp. The assistance of TSRDS to conduct of this camp has helped Tata Steel to get closer to the district administration and the locals.

 

Tata Steel observes World Health Day in Odisha

 

Tata Steel celebrated the World Health Day in various operational locations in Odisha including Kalinganagar, Sukinda, Gopalpur and Joda among others. The World Health Day celebrations this year only reaffirms the commitment of Tata Steel to take care of all health related issues in its periphery community as a priority.

 

In Sukinda, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) celebrated World Health Day on April 7, 2011 at Kate Purty Auditorium. This year's theme was 'Anti-Microbial Resistance: No Action Today, No Cure tomorrow'.

 

More than 140 villagers including village health workers, members of ASHA and ANM, Anganwadi workers and members of SHG groups participated in the programme. Mrs. Bhagabati Mohanta, Zilla Parishad Member, Sukinda, Dr. B.K. Pal, Senior Specialist (Medicine), Dr. Devdutta Pal, Specialist (O&G), Dr. Nibedita Nanda, Senior Medical Officer, SCM Hospital were present. The speakers urged the villagers to lead a healthy life.

 

Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), Gopalpur organised a health awareness camp at Patrapur village of Luhajhar Gram Panchayat on the World Health Day in which more than 100 villagers from nearby villages participated.

 

Dr. Banshidhar Panigrahi, Medical officer of TSRDS discussed about various advantages and disadvantages of anti-biotic medicine. Similarly, another health camp was organised in Kalipalli village of Basanaputi Gram Panchayat to mark World Health Day. More than 100 villagers attended the camp. Dr. E. Padmanav Rao of the TSRDS Community Care Centre treated the patients.

 

TSRDS, Joda also organised a health awareness camp at Nayagarh village under Joda Block to mark celebration of 'World Health Day'. Mr. Bholeswar Nayak of Nayagarh village joined the awareness camp as Chief Guest. About forty villagers including ANM and ASHA workers joined the awareness camp. Various health related issues like antenatal care, newborn care, infant nutrition, nutrition at the time of pregnancy and ways of building a healthy society figured in the discussion.

 

TRL achieves new milestone in Refractories Industry

 

In a major feat, Tata Refractories Limited (TRL) has achieved a turnover of Rs. 1000 Crore during 2010-2011. TRL is the first refractories company in the Country to achieve Rs. 1000 Crore sales. This is considered as a very significant achievement in the history of refractories industries in India.

 

Dr. Arup Kumar Chattopadhyay, Managing Director, TRL congratulated all the employees and their family members for this achievement. He has also urged the employees to give emphasis on Customer Care, Innovation, Safety & Climate Change and Happy Workforce during 2011-2012. TRL targets to attain a turnover target of Rs. 1250 Crore in this fiscal year.

 

Meanwhile, the Company has launched a major initiative from April 01, 2011 to implement SAP – ERP under the project ‘Saphal’. Similarly, a special drive launched on January 01, 2011 for ‘Customer Focus’ would continue in 2011-2012 as well.

 

In a function organised on this occasion, Dr. A. K. Chattopadhyay distributed prizes to the employees who had given good suggestions on customer care. He also handed over the trophies to the team members of two projects which were declared best projects in the Tata Innovista competitions held at Jamshedpur on March 16, 2011.

 

The members of the team selected for ‘Promising Innovation’ category were Mr. Dhananjay Behera and Mr. S.A. Habib and for ‘Dare to Try’ category project the team members were Dr. S. Adak, Dr. R.P. Rana, Mr. A.S. Bal and Mr. S.K. Subudhi. Mr. R.C. Mohapatra was also awarded for project ‘Micro Wave Firing’.

 

Awareness Camp on TB organised by TSRDS, Gopalpur

 

Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), Gopalpur organised an awareness camp on TB at Sindhigaon of Luhajhar Gram Panchayat on the occasion of World TB Day on March 24, 2011. More than 100 villagers including members of various SHGs, adolescent girls, and pregnant ladies from nearby villages participated in the awareness camp.

 

While Dr. Nirmal Chandra Mohanta of Tata Steel joined the programme as Chief Guest, Mrs. Dipti Gaud, ward member also joined as the Guest of Honour. Both the guests discussed various ways of eradicating TB. Dr. Banshidhar Panigrahi, Medical Officer and Mr. Sanjib Kumar Sahu, Officer of TSRDS sensitised the participants about the treatments available for TB. Ms. Priyadarshini Sahu, Coordinator, ‘Project Aastha’ discussed about various facets of TB and its treatment.

 

In the end, a quiz competition on TB was organised and prizes were distributed to the best three participants. Other TSRDS staff also actively participated in the awareness programme.

 

Health Camp organised at Talak Hutting Primary School, Joda

 

Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), Joda organised a free medical camp at Talak Hutting Primary School located in Ward no.1 under Joda Municipality. Around 187 patients from the nearby areas availed the free treatment in the camp. The patients were provided free medicines too. Patients suffering from skin diseases, fever, common cold, cough, pregnancy related issues, diarrhoea, and blood pressure visited the camp for treatment.

 

Mr. Dillip Nayak, Corporator (Ward No 2) of Joda Municipality joined as the Chief Guest in the Health Camp. He appreciated Tata Steel’s initiative in this regard. Dr. A. K. Roy, Chief Medical Officer, Tata Steel Hospital Joda, Dr. Khitish Chandra Tandi (Medicine specialist), Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Medical Officer and Mrs. Jyotsnarani Barik of TSRDS, Joda actively participated in the camp. Mr. Kaushik Das, Unit Head of TSRDS conducted the camp. Mr. Mahananda Kashyap, President, Talak Hutting Primary School was also present on this occasion.

 

Tata Steel organises ‘Parivar Haat’ for SHGs

 

To facilitate marketing of products made by the Self Help Groups (SHGs) in and around Jajpur district, Tata Steel organised the three-day long ‘Tata Steel Parivar Haat’ at Jajpur Road Town Hall. Mr. Ranjit Mohanty, Additional District Magistrate of Kalinganagar and Chairman of Vyasanagar Municipality Mrs. Bandita Parida inaugurated the event held from 15th to 17th March 2011.

 

Thirty-nine Self Help Groups (SHGs) displayed their products in the ‘Parivar Haat’, which included pickles, soura paintings and stone carved handicrafts made by the women of Tata Parivar colonies. Mr. Mohanty appreciated the efforts of Tata Steel for empowerment of women.

 

Mrs. Ranjita Rout, Chairman of Zilla Parishad Jajpur, Mrs. Sabita Rout, Vyasanagar Municipality Member, Mrs. Tilottama Rout, CDPO (Dangadi) and Mr. Abhay Kujuru, Head R&R of Odisha Project joined as guests in the closing ceremony. A number of Cultural programmes on Odishi and Sambalpuri dance, and tribal folk dance were organised on this occasion.

 

The initiative of Tata Steel to systematise and formalise efforts of village women through SHGs has enabled numerous tribal and rural women to find alternative livelihood opportunities. They are engaged in income generating activities like poultry farming, gardening, stone carving, saura painting and in setting up of small industries like phenyl and pickle making among others. Apart from credit linkage for the self-help groups (SHGs), TSRDS is also facilitating the marketing of their products.

 

The support provided by Tata Steel to the ‘Tejaswinis- the members of women self-help groups (SHGs) in Kalinganagar have led them towards economic self-sufficiency and given them a chance to create an identity of their own.

 

MASS Road Show WAVE - 5 at Joda

 

Aimed at generating new ideas for improving the performance, MASS Road Show Wave - 5 was organised at Joda Mines division of Tata Steel on 11th March 2011. The Improvement Department of Tata Steel, led by Mr. Amit Dubey (Sr. Manager, Improvement, OMQ) organised the event at Valley Club.

 

MASS Road show is a common platform for sharing knowledge and Ideas along with showcasing means of its practical implementation and ensuing results. It has great importance for every department as continuous implementation of collective & research based Ideas lead to improvement.

 

Mr. Sailesh Verma (Chief, Joda) joined as the Chief Guest in the event and Mr. B. D. Mohanty (Chief, Processing & Logistics, OMQ) joined as the Guest of Honour on this occasion.

 

All the participating departments like Processing Plant of JEIM, Equipment Maintenance of JEIM, HR/IR, Mining Operation (KIM) & Civil (Engineering Services) shared their ideas during the session. Mr. Verma distributed token gifts to the MASS Leaders and facilitators. Mr. Mohanty distributed Implementation sheets to the participating departments & their employees.

 

TRL observes Safety Week Prize Distribution Ceremony

 

Tata Refractories organised 'Safety Week' prize distribution ceremony on 10th March 2011 in its factory premises at Belpahar. Mr. Priyabrata Panda, Chief Operating Officer, joined as the Chief Guest while Mr. C. S. Das, EVP & CFO and Mr. Pradeep Kumar Patel, Chairman - Central Safety Committee, joined as the Guest of Honour in the function. The guests distributed prizes to the winners of different competitions conducted during the week for creating safety awareness among the employees and contract workers.

 

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Patel underscored the importance of process study to enhance safety standards in the factory. He urged the employees to develop safe habits and culture in their work life.

 

Mr. Das advised the employees to avoid over-confidence and complacency in the matter of following safety instructions. Mr. Panda focused on relations between safety and productivity and advised everybody to practice safe production.

 

On the occasion of National Safety Week celebration, TRL organised different competitions on essay and slogan writing, poster painting etc. along with quiz and talk on safety & training programmes to enhance awareness among the employees including contract workers.

 

Tata Steel Primary School, Joda holds annual sports meet

 

Tata Steel Primary School, Joda organised their Annual Sports Meet for two days on 10th & 11th March 2011. More than 300 students from classes I to V participated in individual events. Mr. Sailesh Verma, (Chief, Joda) joined as the Chief Guest and inaugurated the event. Mr. Sinha (Head, Administration) and Mr. Prakash Mohapatra (Sr. Manager, Land & Lease) joined as the Guest of Honour.

 

All teachers including Mr. Antarjyami Behera (Headmaster) and Mr. Santosh Mohanty (Sr. Sports Asst.) co-ordinated the programme. Mr Verma, while addressing the gathering, encouraged the participants to deliver the best performance. Events like 100 meters race, obstacle race, sack race, skipping race, spoon & lemon race, chocolate race, one-legged race and mental ability tests were organised during the Sports Meet.

 

In the concluding ceremony, Mr Sinha joined as the Chief Guest and distributed prizes to the winners. Secretary of the school, Mr. Prakash Mohapatra also joined in the concluding ceremony as the Guest of Honour.

 

Founder’s Day celebrated by Tata Steel in Odisha

 

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata’s 172nd Birth Anniversary was celebrated as Founder's Day on 3rd March 2011 with fervour and gaiety. The operational locations where this day was celebrated are Joda, Sukinda, Kalinganagar, Gopalpur, Bamnipal and Bhubaneswar among others.

 

Tata Steel officials and employees paid floral tribute to J.N. Tata (1839-1904), the man who translated a vision into reality. This event was observed with a lot of enthusiasm in Kalinganagar.

 

Mr. Hridayeshwar Jha, Vice President, Tata Steel was the Chief Guest in the occasion.  He paid floral tribute to the great visionary along with the senior members of Tata Steel Parivar, senior citizens of Danagadi, Jajpur Road, Sukinda and PRI members. He recalled the visionary for his daring initiatives that made the Country proud.  Mr. Chakradhar Haibru, former president of BBJM joined the programme as the Guest of Honour. Tata Steel Odisha Project Security Department and other departments participated in the parade. Tata Steel Parivar members organised various tribal dance programmes on this occasion.

 

This day was also celebrated at the Chief Resident Executive (CRE) Office in Bhubaneswar with one of the oldest and trusted hands of Tata Steel joining the celebrations. Mr. Nanda K. Patnaik, former CRE recalled his association with Tata Steel and paid his tribute to J.N. Tata. Mr. Rajesh Chintak, CRE, Tata Steel, Mr. Mohit Das, Head, Corporate Affairs and Communication, Tata Steel, Odisha and other dignitaries graced this occasion.

 

In Gopalpur, an inter-village volleyball tournament was organised at the Rehabilitation Colony on this occasion. Teams of Tata Steel Sindhigaon, Badapur and Patrapur participated in the tournament. Dr. Sudhanshu Pati, Senior Citizen, Conveyor INTAC inaugurated the tournament in presence of Mr. Arvind Kumar Sinha, Chief, Gopalpur Industrial Park (GIP). Sindhigaon and Patrapur teams were declared as the champions and the runners-up.

 

Similarly, Dr. Pati also inaugurated the dispensary at the Rehabilitation Colony through a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The function was held in the presence of Miss Manakisa Das, Sarpanch of Luhajhar Gram Panchayat and village committee members of Rehabilitation Colony.

 

Tata Steel Joda Mines Division celebrated the Founder’s day in grandeur. A procession was taken out in the morning in which students, teachers, Tata Steel officials from Joda Mines Division, JCO, Khandbond, JEIM employees and Security Department members. Mr. Sailesh Verma (Chief, Joda) was the Chief Guest in a special function organised to mark this occasion and paid homage to the Founder.

 

Similar programmes were held at JEIM Division, FAP Division, Bichakundi Manganese Division, Bamebari Manganese Mines Division and Khandbond Iron Mine Division. The annual sports was also organised at VT Centre ground for the employees and their families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New classrooms for Bhanda Saraswati Sishu Mandir constructed by Tata Steel

 

As a part of its ongoing initiatives to improve educational facilities in and around operational areas, TSRDS completed the construction of new classrooms of Saraswati Sishu Mandir in Basudevpur under Bhanda Gram Panchayat of Champua Block.

 

Honourable MLA of Champua, Mr. Jitu Patnaik inaugurated the new classrooms and appreciated the various CSR initiatives taken by Tata Steel in Champua. Mr. D.B. Sunder Raman, General Manager (OMQ), Tata Steel was the Guest of Honour in the inaugural function and highlighted various developmental initiatives taken by the Company.

 

The President, Secretary, Headmaster, Teachers, Students and other eminent persons of the area were present on this occasion. The school which started functioning from 2010-2011 has study facilities from classes I to III.

 

Joda Tribal girls selected as Community Health Provider

 

Four tribal girls from district of Keonjhar qualified in the tests conducted for the selection of Community Health Providers from among the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe students. Ms. Uma Nayak (Joda Basti), Ms. Dipti Nayak (Joda Basti), Ms. Mitalata Patra (Jajanga) and Ms. Basanti Munda (Khandbond) were the girls who qualified for the first time in this test conducted by Tribal Cultural Society, Jamshedpur.

 

TSRDS, Joda sent nine girls for the test for which matriculation was a prerequisite. For a year they will be trained at Tinplate Hospital, Jamshedpur. Apart from free accommodation, food and reading materials, Tata Steel is also providing a stipend of Rs 1300 per month to each of them.

 

 

Awareness Camp on Pani Panchayats organised by TSRDS Gopalpur

 

In order to empower the Pani Panchayats, TSRDS, Gopalpur organised an awareness camp at Burupada Gram Panchayat of Hinjilikatu Block on 22nd and 23rd, February 2011. More than 100 members from five Pani Panchayats participated in the camp organised in association with the Central Board for Workers’ Education, Ministry of Labour and Employment.

 

Mr. Bhagawan Panda, Ex-Deputy Director (Agriculture), Berhampur, Mr. Balaram Subudhi, Agriculturist in the District Agriculture Department, Chhatrapur, Mr. Kanhu Charan Lenka, Officer, Central Board for Workers Education, Ministry of Labour & Employment discussed on the management and empowerment process of the Pani Panchayats during summer season.

 

Mr. Tanmay Kar, Unit Head, TSRDS discussed about various aspects of Pani Panchayat management in the camp which was co-ordinated by TSRDS Officer Mr. Sanjib Kumar Sahu.

 

TSRDS Gopalpur also organised a Veterinary camp in coordination with District Veterinary Department, Ganjam at Basanputti village of Kalipalli Gram Panchayat on 28th February 2011. Mr. Sanjib Kumar Sahu Veterinary Officer of TSRDS Gopalpur, Dr. Hrushikesha Behera, Additional Veterinary Officer, Dr. Shripati Das, Livestock Inspector, Mr. Durgamadhab Choudhury, Mr. Mayadhar Behera, Mr. Surendranath Padhi, Mr. Ishwar Muduli, Mr. Sadananda Behera and Mr. P. Bhagawan Reddy treated more than 300 animals.

 

Mr. Ch Krishna Reddy (Ex-Sarpanch), Mr. Ch Sateya Reddy, Mr. Prafulla Naik, Mr. Ch Nishaya Reddy, Mr. T. Krishna and members of the Village Committee also participated in the camp.

 

XIMB wins the Bhubaneswar Regional round of Tata Crucible Campus Quiz

 

Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) won the seventh edition of the Tata Crucible campus Quiz-2011 held in Bhubaneswar on 25th February by defeating Nalanda Institute of Technology (NIT). Out of the 252 teams participating in the preliminary round, only six qualified for the regional final of this business quiz.

 

The other participants to battle it out in a grilling final round were Institute of Technical Education and Research, Silicon Institute of Technology, DAV School of Business Management and Utkal University’s Master of Finance and Control Department.

 

The quiz was designed along the lines of the ongoing cricket World Cup. While every correct answer earned the teams runs, they lost a wicket for a wrong one. Quizmaster Giri Balasubramaniam, fondly known as Pickbrain, shot a mixed bag of entertaining and informative questions. He encouraged out-of-the-box thinking of the contenders and kept them on their toes during the rapid-fire buzzer rounds.

 

Priyanka Mehra and Hemant Sharma of the XIMB team bagged a cash award of Rs 75,000 while runners-up Gary Thomas and Rajesh Kumar of NIT received a cheque of Rs 35,000.

 

Principal Secretary, Department of Industries, Government of Odisha, Mr. T. Ramachandru, joined as the Chief Guest and awarded the winners. He lauded Tata Steel’s efforts to create sense of inquiry and minute analysis among young minds of the Country. In his opinion, the Country’s youth must learn to question the rationality behind everything rather than succumbing to them blindly.

 

Mr. Rajesh Chintak, Chief Resident Executive (CRE), Tata Steel (Odisha) was the Guest of Honour in the function. The winners will compete with regional winners from 23 other cities in the national finals, which are scheduled to be held in Mumbai in April.

 

Inter-Village Cricket Tournament at Gomardih

 

Tata Steel organised an Inter-Village Cricket Tournament at GDQ playground from 7th February to 12th February 2011. Sixteen peripheral villages participated in the event. Gomardih Senior won the finals by defeating Automunda Village. Sarpanch of Tunmura, officials of Tata Steel, office bearers of the Union and the local villagers together enjoyed this exciting event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odisha project employee excels in Table Tennis and Chess Championships

 

Mr. M.V.S.N Prasad, Senior Manager (Mechanical), SMS of Odisha Project was part of the wining team in the Inter-Company Table Tennis and Chess Championships. The events were organised by Tata Chemicals, Mithapur, Gujarat recently.

 

Tata Steel has emerged as champion in both the tournaments and the rare feat was achieved after a period of 16 years. Friends and colleagues congratulated Mr. Prasad for his achievements in both the championships.

 

 

Blood Donation Camp organised at Bamnipal

 

A Voluntary Blood Donation Camp was organised at Bamnipal on 15th February 2011, in consultation with the Red Cross Society, Cuttack. This initiative was taken since Bamnipal area has no facility for preservation and transfusion of blood and cases are referred to SCB Medical College, Cuttack. To ensure that more and more people donate blood, TSRDS, Bamnipal had got in touch with the local youth clubs and encouraged people to donate blood.

 

Mrs. K.S. Raju, Chief of FAP Bamnipal, inaugurated the blood donation camp and was the first person to donate blood. Several other officers too, participated in the camp. Response from Patana, Tomaka, Janindapal was very good with six women donating blood. A number of CRPF Jawans from Bamnipal also donated blood on this occasion.

 

In total 94 units of blood were collected. Volunteers from periphery villages, Mahila Samiti of Officers’ Colony assisted in conducting the programme smoothly. All the donors received Certificate of Appreciation from Red Cross.

 

 

Motor Control Centre for MHS commissioned at Joda

 

Motor Control Centre for Material Handling System (MHS), commissioned and charged on 21st January, 2011 by M/s Bateman India Limited (BIL) at Tata Steel’s Expansion Project, Joda would increase iron ore production from 4 MTPA to 8.2 MTPA.

 

Mr. D.B. Sundar Raman, General Manager, OMQ joined inaugurated the new facility as the Chief Guest. Other dignitaries present on this occasion included Mr. Pervez Akhtar (Chief, Raw Material Project, Joda), Mr. Bibhudatta Mohanty (Chief, Processing, OMQ, Noamundi), Mr. T.N. Swain (Head, RMP, Joda), Mr. Sujeet Kumar (Head, RMP, Joda).

 

This fast charging unit was much required for smooth and stabilised power supply to MHS. It has the following features:

  • Low power consumption and regulated power supply
  • Saves the MHS during power fluctuation
  • Works as hit sink and saves the conveyor during rapid loading of raw material
  • Power backup capacity

 

Foundation Stone laid for new classrooms of Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir, Karanjia

 

Tata Steel laid the foundation stone for two new classrooms of the very reputed Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir located in village Berhampur under Karanjia Gram Panchayat of Champua Block. Mr. Saroj Banerjee (Chief, Civil Engineering, OMQ) laid the foundation stone for the new classrooms and was the Chief Guest in the occasion.

 

Mr. Kaushik Das, TSRDS Unit Head (Joda), Mr. Pradip Kumar Giri, Deputy Manager (Civil Engineering), Mr. Nilakantha Choudhury (President, Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir), Mr. Duryodhan Pingua (Ex-member of Zilla Parishad ), Mr. Gobinda Chandra Mohanta (Headmaster, Saraswati Sishu Vidyamandir), Mr. Sushanta Choudhury and all the teachers of the school graced the occasion.

 

Tata Steel has been providing various infrastructural support and educational facilities to the villages in and around its operational areas through TSRDS.

 

Students from Bisnupur, Berhampur, Karanjia, Raigodi, Laxmiposhi, Katulikana, Balabhadrapur, Urti, Sarei, Kanjiashal, Chandrasekharpur, Gurudiposhi study in this school. Though the school has opened classes from standard I to X, it had only eight classrooms. This initiative of Tata Steel would be of immense help for the school’s infrastructure.

 

Training on Layer Farming organised by TSRDS in Sukinda

 

TSRDS Sukinda, in collaboration with Central Poultry Development Organisation, Bhubaneswar, organised a six-day Layer Farming training programme for women SHGs from 10th February to 15th February 2011. The purpose of this programme was to attain women empowerment. The formation of SHGs have helped women in improving the quality of life of their families by bringing additional income. In this regard, TSRDS is nurturing 16 SHGs in Sukinda area.

 

Two SHGs in Ransol namely Bijay Laxmi and Singha Bahini, having 26 members among themselves, participated in the training programme. It followed an exposure visit to Central Poultry Development Organisation, Bhubaneswar for the members organised by TSRDS on 10th of January 2011.

 

Mr. S.K. Mishra, Chief. Mining, FAM, Sukinda and Mrs. Bhagabati Mohanto, Member, Zilla Parishad jointly inaugurated the programme that encompassed both the aspects of theory and that of field training. Mr. Satya Narayan Nanda, Unit Head, TSRDS (Sukinda) co-ordinated it.

 

The participants were taken to Kalinganagar Rehab Colony at Tirjanga and trained on construction of house, instruments (feed, water bucket), power (for maintaining a particular temperature), hybrid chicks, quality of feed, drinking water, vaccination process, de-worming and delousing of the birds and prevention of diseases like coccidiosis among others. A joint interaction between members of both the SHGs was organised where they exchanged their knowledge on poultry farming.

 

Importantly, the members who received training expressed their willingness to supply 300 eggs to Sukinda Chromite Mine on a daily basis. The participants received certificates for their participation.

 

Sukinda Chromite Mines promotes use of alternative energy

In order to reduce consumption of energy and adverse effects of climate change, Sukinda Chromite Mines (SCM) replaced 15 electrical geysers with solar water heaters at Sukinda Guest House. Mr. L.S. Divakera, General Manager (Operations), FA&M inaugurated this new system on 11th February 2011. Mr. Pradip De, Manager (Electrical) and his team were appreciated for this new initiative.

 

 

The new project would reduce the electrical energy consumption by 48000 KWH per year and would cut down carbon emission by around 24 Mt CO2 per annum. This would benefit the Company by Rs 2.1 lakh annually.

 

 

 

 

Accolades for OMQ, Joda at the National Quality Circle Convention

 

The Ores Mines Quarries (OMQ) Division of Tata Steel, Joda brought laurels in the National Convention on Quality Concepts (QCC) held from 27th to 29th December 2010 in Vizag. Three Quality Circle Teams from OMQ participated in this convention.

 

'Secondary Crusher' (team of Processing Plant-Joda) and ‘Unbrako’ (Cross-functional team of Joda East Mining Operation & Equipment Maintenance) won the 'Excellent' Award while the Distinguished’ Award was won by ‘Drill-1’ (Cross-functional team of Joda East Mining Operation & Equipment Maintenance).

 

Tata Steel launches developmental projects at Nayagarh and Kotpali in Joda

 

Tata Steel's Ferro Alloys Plant at Joda and Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) launched several developmental projects in Kotpali and Nayagarh villages under Joda Block in Keonjhar District on 1st and 2nd February 2011.

 

The projects include reconstruction of two check dams at Kotpali and Nayagarh following the request of villagers as the dams were vital for irrigation during the summers. Rs 8 lakhs and Rs 14 lakhs will be spent in reconstructing Kotpali and Nayagarh check dams respectively.

 

The boundary wall of Nayagarh High School will also be rebuilt and Tata Steel plans to take up other developmental initiatives for this school in future. A budget of Rs 4 lakhs is set for this project.

 

Mr. Baburam Nayak, Panchayat Samiti member of Nayagarh Gram Panchayat was the Chief Guest in the inaugural ceremony. Mr. Prashant Pani (Nayab Sarapancha - Nayagarh Gram Panchayat), Mr. Sanjib Dogra (Security In-charge, Ferro Alloys Plant) and TSRDS officials also graced the occasion.

 

Honesty : KIM Employee shows the way

 

Mr. Fakir Mohan Giri, employed as Fitter-cum-Operator of Khandbond Iron Mine (KIM) of Tata Steel has demonstrated yet again how honesty is the best policy. He has been working in the Joda Mines Division for the last 15 years.

 

The Company has an eight hours duty for employees and as per the rules, the management pays wages for working 'Overtime (OT)'. In January 2011, Mr. Giri had worked eight hours of overtime but was paid for 16 hours instead. Mr. Giri however did not accept the extra wages and returned it immediately to the management.

 

Mr. Rajesh Kumar (Head, KIM), Mr. M.R. Rath (Sr. Manager, Equipment Maintenance, KIM), Mr. Ajay Thakur (Sr. Manager, Operation, KIM), Mr. Nirakar Panda (President, KIM Workers' Union), Mr. Manohar Sinku (General Secretary, KIM Workers' Union) and other officials appreciated his inherent sense of honesty.

 

 

'AASTHA' Project in Hinjilicut improves health status of women

 

TSRDS, Gopalpur launched a Rural Community Health (RCH) project ‘AASTHA’ in April 2008 with the objectives of –

 

  • Reducing the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR)
  • Improving institutional delivery process and health status of women
  • Prevention and treatment of RTI/ STI/ HIV & AIDS
  • Improving the reproductive health of adolescents

 

The project has met with significant success. While the institutional delivery went up to 95 percent in the project areas, there has been significant decline in IMR also.

 

Awareness of mothers has increased appreciably in the aspects of family planning, child immunisation, mother’s immunisation during pregnancy, awareness on HIV/ AIDS/ TB and on reproductive health of adolescents.

 

Thus mothers are now keen on availing the health services provided by the government. Since the activities taken up under the project are integrated with government-run health facilities, they have helped in covering more people under the project.

 

The project was launched for a period of three years and covered four Gram Panchayats (GPs) - Ralaba, Kharida, Sikkiri, Chanduli - under Hinjilicut Block. It covered 4689 households spread over eight villages. About 25,803 people came under the scope of the project.

 

This project is implemented with the support of District Health Department of Ganjam, Belogaon PHC & ICDS, Hinjilicut. ANM, Asha workers, Anganwadi workers and helpers and health workers of the area have contributed their lot in the smooth implementation of the project while schoolteachers, PRI members, opinion leaders have also actively participated in it.

 

Several other programmes were also undertaken. There was healthy baby show, awareness programmes for adolescent girls and for SHG members on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS & TB awareness programmes taken up by TSRDS under the project. Eye camps, general health checkup camps, de-worming camps for the school students are also being organised regularly.

 

 

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