Letter from CEO
It is said a crisis is always the test of an organization: COVID-19 is such an instance and I am proud how AM/NS India has responded: standing by our people, our communities, and our country.
Our guiding star in the response to the pandemic is protecting the health of all employees, associates and their families, and our communities. Beyond our own people, are the people of our communities. Over the last one year, our employees' collective efforts have impacted millions of lives by implementing several community initiatives
Now as our country is in the grip of a second wave and cases surge, acute shortage of medical oxygen is currently the biggest challenge. To bridge the gap between demand and supply, the difference between life and death, AM/NS India has stepped up to meet the oxygen requirements along with other steel companies
AM/NS India is supplying 210-220 tonnes of liquid oxygen per day to medical facilities in Gujarat. Supply of this crucial medical requirement from the company’s oxygen plant in Hazira is being operated in partnership with INOX Air Products. Beyond this, we are in continuous talks with the government for more avenues of partnership in India’s fight against Covid-19. We have set a 250 beds Covid-19 medical facility alongside out plant to use the gaseous oxygen for the patients, as the gaseous oxygen cannot be transported. This will be scaled up to 1000 beds soon.
For our people we continue to follow strong governance of the extensive and effective measures undertaken to prevent the spread of the virus. We have amplified our response to get our people fully vaccinated, and now with the government’s vaccination program opening up further, we will ensure that each and every one of the people we work with, get this extra layer of protection as soon as possible.
AM/NS India is committed to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the authorities and safeguard communities during these trying times. This was reflected last year when Mr Lakshmi Mittal, Executive Chairman of ArcelorMittal, which with Nippon Steel jointly owns AM/NS India, announced a donation of INR100 crores to the PM-CARES Fund; and now as we help the country combat the scarcity of oxygen availability in the country.
We at AM/NS India are doing what we can and I would urge you to do your bit – wear KN95 Masks or double masks (surgical + cotton mask) for protection against virus; and continue to maintain social distancing and hand sanitising.
We are proud of our people and thank them all for their commitment and compassion. Together, with the cooperation of government, business and citizens, we shall overcome, and we shall win.
Dilip Oommen, CEO