ITC’s Paperboards & Specialty Papers Business (PSPD), leading manufacturer of paper, paperboards and specialty paper in South Asia, has spearheaded several initiatives to lend support to the Government efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The company is working with Telangana Government to combat the Covid-19 outbreak in the state.
As a part of its multidimensional interventions, ITC’s PSPD Bhadrachalam unit has distributed free meals and groceries to the needy in all the villages in the Burgampahad Mandal and the PSPD Bhadrachalam factory catchment area. This included free meals twice a day to 600 migrant workers and essential groceries to 150 truck drivers and cleaners from different parts of the country.
To ensure hygiene and health precautions, ITC PSPD distributed masks and hand gloves to truck drivers in Bhadrachalam and conducted awareness sessions for them on sanitization & cleaning of trucks. The company also disinfected around 18 villages around the Bhadrachalam factory.
To ensure safety of health and sanitation workers who are at the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak response, the Division donated sanitizers to public health workers in Secunderabad. Additionally, it has distributed 500 sets of protective accessories (Masks and Hand gloves) to the sanitation workers in Burgampahad and Bhadrachalam. The hand sanitizers were formulated as per WHO standards by the medical and technical teams at ITC’s Bhadrachalam unit.
ITC PSPD also supplied 150 isolation kits to the government hospital and is working in collaboration with the local administration to offer two free meals per day to over 300 sanitation workers in Bhadrachalam and Sarapaka. The company is carrying out food preparation for these workers in a controlled environment while maintaining all the necessary safety and hygiene precautions.
In its endeavor to make people aware about Covid19, the ITC has issued advisories to its employees and workers and is conducting awareness camps for communities near the factories of ITC PSPD and across several cities and districts in Telangana. ITC PSPD is working closely with local, State and National health care entities to conduct awareness programmes which emphasizes on the preventive steps to be taken, need for enhanced focus on sanitation and periodic usage of sanitizers and hand washes while simultaneously highlighting the process to be followed to report any symptoms. The sessions are held by a team of company doctors along with the concerned members from Security and HR teams.
Vadiraj Kulkarni, Chief Operating Officer, Paperboards & Specialty Papers Business, ITC Limited, said, “To lend support to the Government’s efforts to fight this pandemic, ITC’s PSPD business has undertaken a series of interventions ranging from mass sanitization of villages, making protection kits available to the frontline workers and serving food to those in need. We will continue to do our best to make a meaningful contribution during these challenging times.”