Bhubaneswar: Reaffirming its principles of ‘People First’, the Naveen Jindal led steel manufacturing company Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) has assured Angul district administration to supply medical oxygen for treatment of Covid-19 affected persons.

JSPL’s executive director and Angul unit head in a letter to Angul collector and district magistrate has said, “As a responsible corporate, JSPL is committed for the wellbeing of well being of the people of Odisha and always with the district administration to address the emergency situation of Covid-19 pandemic”.  Responding to the JSPL’s noble gesture, Collector Angul has also thanked the Company and its Social Arm JSPL Foundation in his tweet.

JSPL’s chairman Naveen Jindal already announced that JSPL will supply 50 to 100 tonnes every day of medical oxygen from its Odisha and Chhattisgarh Unit. Shri Jindal said “JSPL has been always standing with the Country and Countrymen during calamities and emergencies and will continue to do so during this Pandemic.  For us, it is Nation First. I am sure together we shall defeat the pandemic”.

“We can compromise steel production for a while to supply oxygen to the government to save precious lives. Our priority is people first,” said JSPL’s MD VR Sharma, in a statement on Twitter.

The Company had supplied 725 tons of liquid oxygen in Odisha last year to save human lives from Covid Pandemic.

Medical Oxygen is critical in the treatment of medical complications that develop due to the Covid-19.

JSPL has also taken multipronged initiatives to fight the second wave of Covid-19 across all its operational locations, including Odisha.  The Company has instituted Covid Care Centres in each of its business locations. Thermal Screening of the Workforce, employees, vaccination, periodic testing of all employees and workers, facilities for sanitisation, distribution of masks, operation of isolation centres etc. are being done extensively to keep JSPL’ workplace safe. Pursuing its CSR responsibility the Company under the umbrella of its Social Arm JSPL Foundation has been providing hot cooked meals to the underprivileged and vulnerable everyday also has been distributing face masks, Sanitizers, Phenyls, etc. manufactured by the Women SHGs to the Community, Workforce and the front line Covid warriors for last one year since the onset of the global pandemic.