Kalinganagar: Tata Steel Kalinganagar plant has generated direct and indirect employment opportunities for more than 21,000 persons.
The plant, which commenced commercial production in May 2016 has attained the rated capacity of 3 million tonne per annum. By April this year, the project has generated employment opportunities for 21,955 persons.
This includes direct employment for 3,611 persons and indirect (contractual) employment for 18,344 persons, informed a statement on Friday.
This is considered important at a time when most of the industries located in Kalinganagar Industrial Complex have been passing through a tough time and are laying off workers and labourers.
While 59.62 per cent of the total employees engaged directly by Tata Steel are from Odisha, 80.71 per cent of the total contractors’ workforce working for Tata Steel belong to the state.
Importantly, 22.76 per cent (822) of employees engaged directly by the Tata Steel and 32.07 per cent (5884) of the total contractors’ workforce working for the company belong to the district of Jajpur.
The company has been adhering to the conditions of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of the Industries Department of the Odisha Government in all its recruitment initiatives. While the terms and conditions laid down in the MoU are strictly followed, first preference is given to local people in all recruitments.
Tata Steel, which always strives for the development of local people, is also promoting employability training of local youths in a major way. Skill Development training for placements and self-employment are being provided through Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS).
To provide a source of livelihood to unemployed youths of the Kalinganagar, Tata Steel sends them for skill development training to reputed institutes. In the last four years, 358 youths were imparted skilling across various sectors.
A new Skill Development Centre has also been set-up at the Capability Development Training Centre located in plot-2 of Tata Steel Kalinganagar.
To promote entrepreneurship in Kalinganagar, Tata Steel has partnered with Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), which has set a target of creating entrepreneurs in eight blocks of the Jajpur district and two blocks of Keonjhar.