Jindal Steel & Power (JSP) has been honoured with FICCI CSR Special Commendation Award for its efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
JSP, under the leadership of its Chairman, Naveen Jindal, was among the few organisations in India to take up multidimensional initiatives, supporting the community and government to fight the COVID-19 spread in India. Through its CSR arm, JSP Foundation, led by Shallu Jindal, the steel giant started a series of on-the-ground services to ease the suffering of the poor and vulnerable immediately following the pandemic’s onset in India.
Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda presented the prestigious award to company executives in New Delhi.
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“COVID-19 pandemic affected the society, the economy and the health infrastructure of the entire nation. The poor and vulnerable were the worst affected. As a responsible corporate citizen, Jindal Steel & Power joined the Government and the community by building hospital facilities, providing liquid medical oxygen, feeding the hungry and protecting the livelihood of the vulnerable community during the lockdown to fight the pandemic”, said Shallu Jindal, Chairperson of JSP Foundation in a statement.
Immediately after the announcement of the lockdown to fight COVID-19, JSP launched a special initiative, ‘Mission Zero Hunger’ in three states, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand, to feed truck drivers, stranded migrant labourers, and the poor. This initiative was later extended to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra, delivering more than 2 million meals.
During the second wave of the pandemic, the steelmaker supplied more than 5,000 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) by road and Indian Railway’s Oxygen Express to 13 states.
It also provided two cryogenic tankers to the Odisha government for LMO transportation.
For healthcare services during the pandemic, the JSP designated 700 Oxygen beds in its Fortis OP Jindal Hospital & Research Centre in Raigarh and Tamnar, Chhattisgarh, and specialised COVID Care Centre at Angul, supported by ICUs, ventilators, and other capabilities. Besides, the JSP Foundation also distributed lakhs of face masks and thousands of litres of sanitisers amongst the community and the Front line COVID-19 warriors.
Multiple buyback arrangements by the Foundation also protected the livelihood of farmers and SHG Women.
JSP is an industrial powerhouse with a dominant presence in the steel, mining and infrastructure sectors. With an investment of 12 billion USD across the globe, the Company is continuously scaling its capacity utilization and efficiencies to capture opportunities for building a self-reliant India.