India’s leading steelmaker, Jindal Steel & Power (JSP), has been honoured with CSR Excellence Award for its multidimensional initiatives in supporting the community and government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari presented the prestigious award to Prashant Hota, President & Group Head (CSR), JSP at the fourth edition of the CSR Journal Excellence Awards 2021 held at Yashwantrao Chavan Centre, Nariman Point,
Mumbai on 20 March.
Also present at the function was Amit Upadhyay, Editor in Chief, CSR journal.
Reacting to the JSP winning another award, Hota said, “The Award is dedicated to all Frontline COVID-19 warriors and to the inspiring leadership of Shri Naveen
Jindal, Chairman, JSP and Smt. Shallu Jindal, Chairperson, JSPL Foundation and to the partnering community.”
The JSP won the award after successfully completing a multi-level selection procedure by an independent jury. On the day of the event, the jury members were introduced to the audience in YV Chavan Centre. One of the jury members announced the name of the awardees.
Congratulating the team, JSPL Foundation Chairperson Shallu Jindal said, “COVID-19 has been a challenge for Humanity with serious impact on health, economy and society. Jindal Steel & Power as a responsible corporate in India in collaboration with its Social Arm of JSPL Foundation made all efforts, including providing food to the needy during the lockdown, creating hospital facilities and supplying liquid medical oxygen to hospitals, to combat the pandemic.
“I am thankful to the CSR Journal and the Jury and my Team CSR as well as to the participating Community for this coveted Award.”
The JSP started on-ground services to mitigate the pandemic induced drudgery of the poor and vulnerable right from the day of the nationwide lockdown in March 2020. JSPL Foundation launched ‘Mission Zero Hunger’ across three states (Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand) to provide food to the needy, especially truck drivers, stranded migrant labourers and people living in destitution. The Mission Zero Hunger spread its services to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. Under this programme, the Foundation served more than one million meals during the three waves COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The JSP earned plaudits for its extraordinary efforts in the second wave of the pandemic when the steel giant deployed its tankers to supply oxygen to hospitals around the country. The company supplied more than 5000 tonnes of LMO across 13 States in the country by road and oxygen express of Indian Railways.
It also provided two cryogenic tankers to the Odisha government for transportation of LMO within the state.
The company earmarked 600 Oxygen beds in its Fortis OP Jindal Hospital & Research Centre at Raigarh and Tamnar in Chhattisgarh & in the dedicated COVID Care Centre at Angul supported with ICUs, ventilators and other facilities for facilitating health care services during the pandemic.
The Foundation also distributed lakhs of facemasks and thousands of litres of sanitisers amongst the community and the frontline COVID-19 warriors. It also protected the livelihood of the farmers and the SHG Women by multiple tie-up arrangements for the buyback of their produces.