CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY:
SAIL Bhilai Steel Plant has been discharging its organizational social responsibility beyond statutory requirements with the belief that its existence as an organization depends upon long term sustainability and has always pursued CSR as a part of organization’s commitment to society. BSP has long realized that its operations have major impact on the communities in the nearby areas. The needs and expectations of various stakeholders are captured through regular interactions led by the top management at SAIL/BSP level. All CSR projects and activities are finalised at the plant-level by the CSR Apex Committee.
The Plant took up the task of development work in its periphery very seriously and with great zeal, concentrating on developing rural infrastructure, literacy programmes and community health programmes.
The ambit of development work being carried so far by the Plant through its Peripheral Development Programme has now been expanded to include areas beyond the radius of 16 kms around Bhilai. The range of development work includes installation of hand pumps, construction of wells, school buildings, bridges and approach roads and organising Health and Veterinary camps. An average of 21 free health camps are being organised in the peripheral villages every month. Special eye camps followed by cataract surgery with free intraocular lens transplantation and post-operative care are organised regularly.
Creation of Model Steel Villages : Twenty one villages in the periphery of Bhilai have been identified for adoption as model steel villages where the Plant's CSR Department is engaging in a number of sustainable activities such as empowering the rural folk, specially the women under the Swyamsiddha or self-employment project, providing basic infrastructure facilities development as well as activities aimed at providing school children opportunities to express their talent.
Providing Free Education & Treatment : In 2007 and 2011, the Plant established two numbers of Bhilai Ispat Vikas Vidyalaya to provide free education to children from BPL families. The Plant also set up Ispat Kalyan Chikitsalaya for the extending medical treatment to economically backward section of society in the township and its periphery. The Plant also adopts tribal children every year, providing free residential education, accommodation and meals.
SUPPORT FOR MID DAY MEAL SCHEME: Since 2009, BSP has been supporting the government’s mid-day meal scheme by providing financial support to Akshaya Patra Foundation for providing mid-day meals in 176 government schools in Bhilai-Durg area. Presently, the mid day meal scheme run by APF is being run from a building provided and renovated by BSP as per MoU. All kitchen facilities, vehicles etc. were provided and supply of mid –day Meals started on 27-01-2009 with initial supply of mid day meals to 4000 children. Gradually it was scaled up to meals for 25000 children by 1st April 2009.
Bhilai Ispat Siyan Sadan : A senior citizen home - Bhilai Ispat Siyan Sadan was set up April 2010. All 20 accommodation units are presently occupied. One kitchen, Dining hall, Multipurpose Hall, Recreation Hall and an office have been also developed. Each room has attached Bathroom and is well furnished with all facilities. To provide good environment cultural programmes for inmates are being arranged from time to time. All efforts are made to make Bhilai Ispat Siyan Sadan a happy place to leave for senior citizens. This initiative of SAIL-BSP has been recognised by the Govt of India with Vyomshreshta Samman in 2016.
MINES CSR –
SAIL Bhilai Steel Plant’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities and people to people contact programs had begun much before commencement of any of the mining project activities. Sensitive to the basic medical and health care needs of the people residing in and around Dalli-Rajhara Iron Ore Complex and around Rowghat Iron Ore Project area, the Plant has been sending medical teams regularly to the region for many years now.
Providing for medical & health care for inhabitants who have no easy access to proper treatment facilities is however not the only CSR activity that BSP has undertaken in the region. Bringing about a qualitative change and uplifting lives of inhabitants of the remote areas is what Mines CSR Department has endeavoured to achieve through many activities undertaken in villages in peripheral areas, among the economically weaker sections of society in and around the Dalli-Rajhara and Rowghat region.
Since 2010, Rowghat Mines CSR has been instrumental in introducing the benefits of modern solar lighting including solar street lights, solar home lights, solar LED lanterns and solar water pumping system in the remote villages of Narayanpur and Antagarh Districts in the Rowghat Mines areas including Supgaon, Gotulpara (Khairabhat), Anjarel, Phulpad, Nibra. Badgaon, Kongera, Farasgaon, Kapsi, Malignaar, Dhaudai, Binjali, Kurusnar, Phulpad, Bhaiyasalebhat, Sargipal, Kolar, Bhaisgaon, Aturbeda, Kumhari, Talabeda.
CSR Schemes for Education of Tribals : Under CSR Scheme for education of Tribal Students, every year 20 tribal students from Rowghat area (Kanker and Narayanpur Districts) & Rajhara area (Balod Distt) of Chhattisgarh are admitted in Class-6 since 2002-03. All the students are provided free education, lodging and boarding facilities at Chitrakote Balak Chatrawas in Rajhara Mines Township. From 2014-15, 30 tribal students are being adopted.
For Class XI & XII, these tribal students and 10 Honhaar Scheme students from MSVs are admitted at Gyanoday Hostel in Bhilai, where they are provided free education, lodging and boarding facilities including free coaching for professional examinations by reputed coaching institute. Tribal students after passing class 12th are provided scholarship @ Rs 2000 p.m. for higher education.
Besides, distribution of monthly scholarship to meritorious school going children from class 6th to 12th from adopted villages of Rowghat Mines area, BSP has provided School items (Furniture/Lab items/Almirah) for distribution at Binjili School of Narayanpur block. School kits have been distributed in schools of Rowghat area.
DAV School in Antagarh – BSP bears the entire expenses of DAV English Medium School set up at Antagarh in 2015 exclusively for tribal children in villages from the 22 Mines Buffer Zone villages of Rowghat area including the aspirational districts of Narayanpur and Antagarh near Rowghat. This initiative of Mines CSR has been recognised with the TIMES CSR Award in 2019.
BSP has also been adopting 20 girls from Abujhmar area of Bastar every year for their education in Bhilai Nursing College.
BSP has entered into MoU with Ramkrishna Mission, Narayanpur for extending medical facilities to population in these villages. BSP has also provided employment to members of families displaced by Dalli-Rajhara to Rowghat railway line, after getting them trained in ITI.
AIL Khel Mela -Besides concentrating on providing basic amenities to people of these remote areas, Bhilai Steel Plant has since 2007-08 been conducting SAIL-KHEL Mela in association with Ramkrishna Mission Ashram Narayanpur- a mega sports event covering 2500 school going children of Rowghat Mines area, sponsoring the All India Foot Ball Championship event in association with DFA (District Football Association), Narayanpur, sponsoring District level sports activity in Narayanpur and organizing Lok Kala Mahotsava at Narayanpur. BSP has also been Sponsoring Cultural program for Youth Day celebration at Narayanpur. BSP has also been providing sponsorship for Abujhmad Peace Rally.