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Tata Steel ushers in change in rural India

Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) has emerged as a change agent in its areas of operations as the skill development training launched by it two years ago in various sectors including health, education, and house-keeping, helped youths to get employment.

The objective of the skill and employability training was to empower communities through skill and enterprise development, thus improving the socio-economic status of the society and empowering the SC/ST communities, said Biren Bhuta, Chief of Corporate Social Responsibility, Tata Steel.

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During the 2014-15 financial year, he said Tata Steel trained nearly 3,458 youths including 1,567 from the SC/ST communities, in various vocational trades.

Nearly 1,206 youths including 305 from the SC/ST communities were gainfully employed, while others were likely to get employment shortly, Bhuta told PTI here today.

These included skill in trades like ITI, site safety supervisor, nursing, community health provider, construction, automobiles, motor driving, cosmetology, plastic technology, apparel design, house-keeping, he said.

Referring to the training in house-keeping sector for under-matriculate candidates, Bhuta said the specially designed three-month course was being provided by TSRDS along with Indian Hotels and NGO Pratham at Kolebira, in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharswan district.

All the 116 candidates including 75 SC/ST candidates got employed in reputed hotels across the country, he said.

The demand for starting such training in other parts of the state was also pouring in and TSRDS has expansion plans to provide skill development training, Bhuta said.

On the educational front, Bhuta said 56 students have been supported under the Tata Steel Scholarship Programme to pursue higher studies at reputed institutes like BIT-Mesra, BIT-Sindri, NIT-Jamshedpur, NIT-Durgapur, NIT-Warangal, NIT-Calicut, ISM-Dhanbad, TISS-Guwahati, XIM-Bhubaneswar and XIM Jabalpur.

About the endeavour of TSRDS to promote agriculture sector and preserve water, he said around 370 ponds have been dug in the last fiscal, while it has a target to dig 500 ponds in the current fiscal across the Kolhan region comprising of East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan districts of Jharkhand.

Stating that each pond was dug under the supervision of women and SHGs, Bhuta said it has changed the economic landscape of the rural pockets with villagers getting adequate water for agriculture and fishing activities.

Keeping in view the increasing demand for CSR activists and skill development training, Tata Steel has increased the budget from Rs 12 crore last years to Rs 15 crore this year, Bhuta added.


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