Bhubaneswar, August 18, 2017: Tata Steel was bestowed with four National Safety Awards by President of India. The mines & collieries of Tata Steel, namely, Joda West Manganese Mine (JWMM) in Keonjhra district and Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM) in Jajpur district of Ferro Alloys and Manganese Division (FAMD) and Jamadoba and Digwadih collieries of Jharia Division were conferred with National Safety Awards by the Ministry of Labour & Employment at a function held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on August 17.
The occasion was graced by Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind who gave the awards. Mr R R Satpathy, General Manager, Operations, FAMD and Mr H Barik, General Secretary, SCM Workers Union received the award on behalf of SCM and Mr Amit Kumar Dubey, Head, Manganese Group of Mines, Joda and Mr S K Bal, General Secretary, Workers’ Union, JWMM received the award for JWMM. Similarly, Mr Subrata Das, Chief, Natural Resources Division and Mr Sitaram Saw, Senior Overman received the award on behalf of Jamadoba Colliery, while Mr Sanjay Rajoria, General Manager, Project (Raw Materials & Infrastructure) and Mr Nakul Singh, Secretary, Rashtriya Colliery Mazdoor Sangh, Digwadih Colliery received the award on behalf of Digwadih Colliery.
Jamadoba Colliery of Tata Steel won the award in the ‘Difficult Mining in Underground Mines’ category, while SCM won the award for ‘Longest Accident Free Period’ for the year 2013. Digwadih Colliery and JWMM received the runner-up prizes in ‘Difficult Mining in Underground Mines’ and ‘Longest Accident Free Period’ categories respectively for the year 2013.
On this special occasion, Mr Rajeev Singhal, Vice President (Raw Materials), Tata Steel said: “It is a proud moment for Tata Steel to have been bestowed with the recognition for excellence in safety. At Tata Steel, we always ensure safe, scientific and efficient mining across all locations. This award is yet another recognition which motivates us to achieve higher benchmarks in sustainable mining and help sustain best practices across all business aspects.”
Tata Steel has undertaken various safety initiatives at its mines and collieries. The prime focus of the Company has been to introduce innovating engineering solutions and carry out massive safety campaigns that have helped transform people’s consciousness towards safety.
Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India instituted National Safety Awards (Mines) in 1983 (for the contest year 1982) with a view to promote a competitive spirit amongst mine operators for the betterment of safety standards in mines and to give due recognition to outstanding safety performance at national level.
About Tata Steel: Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2017. It is the world’s second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $18.12 billion (INR 117,420 crore) in FY17. Tata Steel Group is spread across five continents with an employee base of nearly 74,000. Having bagged the Deming Application Prize and Deming Grand Prize for continuous improvement in 2008 and 2012 respectively, Tata Steel has now been recognised as the global ‘Industry Leader’ in ‘Steel category’ by Dow Jones Sustainability Index (2015). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programmer, Tata Steel has also been felicitated with several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2013-14 (received in 2017), Best Risk Management by CNBC TV18 (2016), ‘Best-in-class Manufacturing’ award from TIME India (2016) and the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from the Euthyphro Institute (2016), IIM Sustainability Award (2015), among several others.