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Jharkhand: ESL Steel Limited’s livelihood projects feted, bags 10th CSR awards

Bokaro: ESL Steel Limited, a Vedanta Group Company has won the 10th CSR Award 2021 under Aajeevika Projects. ESL was bestowed with the recognition for benefiting people under its livelihood projects such as WADI, Jivika, and Vedanta ESL Skill School. The award ceremony was organized by Sustainable Development Foundation with the support of Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MOEF & CC), the steel major informed in an official communiqué on Tuesday.

Under the WADI project, ESL has taken up the development of one-acre orchard through inter-cultivation in barren/dry land owned by tribal families. “The project is helping to educate farmers on sustainable agriculture, improving their quality of life, and empowering women in tribal-dominated areas of the country. So far, about 200 farmers have benefitted from the project while the target is to reach out to more than 500 farmers in the next 5 years,” said a company spokesperson.

The steel major has provided livelihood to at least 650 self-help groups (SHGs) women under Project Jivika while the aim is to benefit 1500 SHGs women in the next 3 years. Through its Vedanta ESL Skill School, ESL is aiming to provide a livelihood to more than 550 youth in the next 3 years.

N L Vhatte, CEO, ESL Steel Ltd, said, “It is a matter of pride for us that ESL has received this award under its Aajeevika Project. Our vision is to take steps for the welfare of social development and our CSR team is striving to benefit as many people as possible. The CSR Awards inspire us to get better and achieve more.” Located in Siyaljori village in Bokaro district of Jharkhand, ESL has a 1.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) greenfield integrated steel plant that produces pig iron, billets, TMT bars, wire rods, and ductile iron pipes.