Angul (Odisha): Leading steelmaker of India Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) rolled out a programme for providing primary eye health services for the truck drivers in its Angul integrated steel plant.

The programme envisioned by the chairman of JSPL Naveen Jindal was inaugurated by the chairperson of JSPL Foundation Shallu Jindal on Saturday. The programme was launched aligning to the spirit of observation of National Road Safety Month (January 18-February 17) by JSPL.

The company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sightsavers India, a leading organisation working towards protecting the eyesight for the service providers.

Expressing his happiness for the actualisation of his vision in rolling out of the programme for eye health check-up and remedial measures for the truck drivers,

Naveen Jindal in his message said, “Truck drivers play a pivotal role in economic growth of the country. They seamlessly contribute to country’s holistic progress and prosperity. JSPL’s CSR Initiative of Eye Health Check-up of Truck Drivers will not only ensure healthy eye sight of our entire driver brothers but also will be a well-meaning step to secure road safety”.

Inaugurating the programme Shallu Jindal said, “This initiative with Sightsavers India to provide primary eye healthcare is part of our mission to improve the quality of life of people at large. Our drivers are frontline contributors for equitable development of the country. This programme not only provides primary and referral eye care services, but also includes provision for providing required spectacles and awareness drive”.

Shallu Jindal while thanking the Sight Savers India Team and Angul district administration for their collaboration with JSPL Foundation for this noble cause solicited the blessings of Lord Jagannath for taking forward this initiative to the next level across the country. 

Sightsavers India as an implementing partner for this programme will offer primary health service through a vision care centre equipped with necessary eye care equipment, devises and infrastructure. A team of optometrist, community health worker and ophthalmic assistant will provide eye care services like screen and refraction. The truck drivers identified with refractive errors will be provided with spectacles and those who need more detailed check-up shall be referred to the hospitals. The programme targets to cover more than 1500 truck drivers in next four months.

“Sightsavers is delighted to partner with JSPL at providing eye care services to truck drivers. The program shall work towards road safety and supporting eye care services for needy and marginalized target groups like truck drivers” said Sightsavers India’s Head Corporate Fundraising, Jatin Tiwari. 

Additional district magistrate (revenue), Angul Santosh Kumar Pradhan, RTO Bibhanjan Samantsinghray, JSPL’s president and head (Group CSR & Sustainability) Prashant Hota, general manager (CSR) Puspalata Satapathy, eye specialists of district head quarter hospital, Dr. Nilamadhab Pradhan, Sightsavers India’s asst. manager (Corporate Partnerships) Supratim Sahu and zonal coordinator Suman Chakraborty were present on the occasion.