New Delhi/Rourkela: “Last year we were able to tackle the 1st wave of COVID-19 pandemic quite effectively. While the 2nd wave has started spreading, let’s once again contain it with commitment, composure and constant communication,” urged Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) CEO Dipak Chattaraj while chairing an online meeting of senior officers of the steel plant on April 10. The objective of the meeting was to take stock of the COVID-19 preparedness of the Plant in all areas of operation and further strengthen the efforts. Plant’s ED (Hospital Administration) Raj Vir Singh, ED (Works) Pankaj Kumar and all other senior officers joined the meeting.
Chattaraj interacted with the senior officers and inquired about the health status of employees of each area, availability of disinfectants, sanitisers and masks, awareness drives being organised to make people aware, contact tracing etc. Pankaj Kumar detailed the initiatives being taken in the Plant to prevent the spread of the disease. Interacting with SK Behera, CGM Incharge (Projects), the CEO told him to have a watchful eye on the health and safety of the experts working in the Hot Strip Mill-2 Project. Plant’s CGM In-charge (MM and Marketing) CR Mohapatra apprised about the new rule being implemented as a part of which any vendor or supplier coming from outside the state has to produce his/her RTPCR test report, before entering the Plant premises. The CEO advised him to keep a tab on the inventories for the next few months so that production would not be impacted.
CGM In-charge (P&A)PK Satapathy elaborated about the various facilities being developed in the township for treatment, quarantine and isolation of patients. He also informed that as a precautionary measure all the parks and zoos of RSP have been closed to the public. The CEO discussed with CMO Incharge Dr BK Hota about the availability of testing kits, vaccines, medicines, ventilators, oxygen supply and other equipment etc so as to handle any exigency. Plant’s CGM in-charge (Finance) Praveen Nigam focused on encouraging more employees to get themselves vaccinated.
In his concluding remarks Chattaraj urged everyone to reach out to employees and contract workers and take confidence-building measures by putting in place a massive communication drive. “We have brought RSP to a very high pedestal. Let’s make all-out efforts to maintain the stature,” he stressed.
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