Jindal Steel & Power Limited has said that it was prepared to compromise its steel production briefly to supply oxygen to hospitals to save human lives amidst a dangerous surge in COVID-19 cases in India.
The timely announcement by the JSPL came amidst COVID-19 cases reaching an alarming level across the country.
JSPL Managing Director VR Sharma said in a statement, “JSPL has been supplying 50-100 MT of liquid oxygen to hospitals in Chhattisgarh & Odisha daily.”
Sharma added, “We can compromise steel production for a while to supply oxygen to the government to save precious lives. Our priority is people first.”
Earlier, Naveen Jindal’s brother Sajjan Jindal had made a similar pledge as he wrote, “COVID-19 has started spreading again and we need Oxygen for saving lives. OXYGEN is a raw material in Steel plants and at this crucial time, we have committed to the government to prioritize saving lives over steel making.”
The new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the country with India recording more than two lakh daily cases. Crematorium grounds have been struggling to deal with the number of dead. The government has cancelled this year’s Class 10 CBSE exams, while NEET and UP Board exams have been postponed along with Class 12 CBSE exams.
The Company was already routinely supplying oxygen from its Raigarh Plant to Medical College. Numbers of patients are growing exponentially in the nation, which has cause oxygen shortage.
So, the JSPL Group has lent a helpingh and to supply the oxygen to the two states. The company began with supply of two batches 16-16 tonne medical oxygen from
Raigarh to Raipur.
Even before the new supply, Raigarh Medical College was getting regular stock of oxygen since the first wave. Chairman Naveen Jindal said that the company was standing in solidarity with nation. The group always have motto of people first and their first priority right now is to maintain oxygen supply to citizens.
JSPL COO-Chhattisgarh Dinesh Kumar Sarawgi said substantial arrangements have been made to prevent coronavirus spread in plants according to guidelines Government.
COVID protocol has been followed to its totality in plants and colony.