Indian Oil extends its cold chain equipment to help India’s COVID vaccination drive

New Delhi: Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has leveraged its expertise and reach to bolster India's COVID-19 vaccination programme by supplementing the available cold chain equipment (CCE) infrastructure in the four states of Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Manipur, for the storage & transportation of vaccine. Indian Oil is procuring CCE equipment like- ice-line refrigerator (ILR), deep freezer (DF), walk-in-cooler (WIC), walk-in-freezer (WIF) and refrigerated truck (RT) for handing over to the respective state governments.

"Indian Oil management has also left no stone unturned to inspire the company's stakeholders to get vaccinated at the earliest to contribute to the success of the world's largest vaccination drive" mentioned a press release sent by the Maharatna oil PSU. Indian Oil’s Chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya and Director (HR) Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra were amongst the first few to get the indigenous vaccines to allay apprehensions amongst the stakeholders, the statement mentioned.

Speaking about Indian Oil's focus on employee welfare, Vaidya said, "An inspired, agile and resilient team of employees enabled Indian Oil to fuel the economy and to keep the kitchen fires burning, even during the most difficult phases of the pandemic. We are committed to ensuring their welfare at all times."

While Mohapatra said, "We are also ensuring that the vaccination needs of our retired employees are also taken care of. Care is one of the core values that continue to drive us. As a responsible corporate citizen, Indian Oil will do everything it can to contribute to the success of India's vaccination drive."

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During the countrywide lockdown, team Indian Oil ensured the smooth supply of petroleum products, including delivering on an average of 25 lakh cylinders every day to its customers' doorsteps. India's largest energy company also extended medical insurance coverage and ex-gratia payment in case of death for its over 3,23,000 frontline soldiers. Demonstrating proactive alertness, Indian Oil formed a high-powered committee under the stewardship of Mohapatra for on-ground situation assessment and deployment of measures to contain the threats, even before the countrywide lockdown was announced. The committee met continuously without a single break for 200 days to ensure internal and external stakeholders' safety and well-being. Presently, the empowered committee continues to meet on alternate days. Quick policy decisions enabled IndianOil to accommodate work-from-home routine for its employees wherever possible.

In another unique empathy-driven move, Indian Oil's HR officials proactively reached out to its 30,000 employees and over 20,000 ex-employees to check on their well-being and extend a helping hand wherever needed. Indian Oil is also contributing to the resurgent economy and is well on track to achieve its capital expenditure target of Rs 26,000 crore in the current fiscal. Since the easing of the lockdown from April 20, Indian Oil has commenced work on around 2,800 projects worth about Rs 2 trillion across the country.

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