Jamshedpur, Sept 13: The Tata Steel Foundation (TSF) which is the social wing of Tata Steel, signed a multi-purpose Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the East Singhbhum district administration on Monday. The agreement endeavours to enhance public service delivery by providing strategic direction and building capacities of department functionaries in health, education, and social welfare.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Vijaya Jadhav and Chief Executive Officer of Tata Steel Foundation Sourav Roy.
As part of this, the Foundation would provide technical inputs towards strengthening the capacities of public officials and frontline workers for the effective delivery of public services through classroom sessions and on-the-job training. The training would be need-based and focus on both technical and leadership aspects.
Sourav Roy said, “The MoU is a befitting step towards scaling up our programmes across the district of East Singhbhum in a most impactful way. MANSI, our programme on maternal and neonatal mortality, is poised to further the health agenda across every village in the district. Through SABAL, we intend to reach each Person with Disability in the district and ensure a life of dignity through an identified set of engagements. Our skill-building capacities are working in remote sections of the district and all three are keen to address core development challenges.”
The MoU will ensure various interventions in the domains of public health, skill development and capacity building for supporting disability.
In the public health domain, initiatives like the capacity building of staff of the Department of Health and Department of Social Welfare, Training of Mata Samitis Members on food safety and general hygiene and provision for identifying and facilitating cataract surgeries for reducing preventable blindness with the department of health would be undertaken.
In addition, a set of 15,000 mosquito nets have been handed over to the district administration of East Singhbhum.
In the skill development sector, TSF aims to undertake initiatives like imparting vocational training to eligible youth for gainful employment, organising the capacity building of eligible youth and providing placement assistance through Model Career Centre and setting-up a skill development centre in the district.
The project would also include supporting disability through training Anganwadi workers for identification of PwDs and enabling digital profiling of PwDs for government scheme linkages, educating Panchayati Raj Institutions members about the basic entitlements for PwDs and Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016 for better enablement to PwDs in their respective areas.
The MoU will be valid till March 2027 (5 years) and shall be executed through a Project Management Unit.