Rourkela: SAIL‘s Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) has donated Rs 1 crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund of Odisha for strengthening its fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A cheque to this effect was handed over to Nikhil Pavan Kalyan (Collector) Sundargarh by RSP’s Executive Director (P&A) Raj Vir Singh on April 24.
Speaking about the initiative, RSP’s CEO Dipak Chattaraj has said that the Steel Plant is committed to making every possible effort to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and steadfast in its support to the state and the central government in this endeavour.
It is worth mentioning here that earlier SAIL has donated Rs 30 crores and the employees of SAIL have given one day’s salary worth Rs 9 crores to the PM cares fund.
Recently under the guidance of the Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pardhan and with the support of the government of Odisha SAIL-RSP has established a Coronavirus (COVID-19) sample testing centre at its Ispat General Hospital (IGH). The centre is catering to the entire Sundargarh district and making a significant contribution to quick identification and containing the disease.
Earlier, RSP has also given five ventilators for use in Hi-Tech Hospital, the exclusive Coronavirus (COVID-19) Centre of Rourkela developed by the state government of Odisha. Isolation facility and some beds in ICU have been kept ready at Ispat General Hospital. Some accommodations have been kept reserved for quarantine facilities.
The Steel Plant management is working in tandem with the local authorities in taking various preventive and proactive measures. A massive drive has been undertaken to clean and sanitize the entire steel township as well as every department of the Plant. Wearing of mask by every employee as well as contract worker has been made mandatory, while social distancing is being maintained at every point of time. Stock of medicines and other consumables is being monitored on a day to day basis and special procurement is being made. Masks and sanitizer are being distributed. During the lockdown period production from the Plant has been scaled down and more than 50 percent of employees from various departments are being allowed to work from home. Staggered working and work from home for pregnant employees and persons with critical health condition have been into effect. Hand washing and thermal checking systems have been put in place in different entry gates and units.
As a part of the “Annadaan” initiative, RSP is providing cooked food to the poor and needy in various sectors and slum areas of Rourkela. So far about 10,000 food packets have been distributed. An intensive awareness campaign is going on in the Plant using print, outdoor and social media as well in the township to make everyone aware and alert about the Dos and Don’ts regarding the disease.