Caring, Sharing and Spreading Smiles
Rourkela Steel Plant has imbibed a credo to make quality steel and spread lasting smiles amongst the people living in its neighbourhood. Going beyond the realms of philanthropy or charity, RSP has adopted a strategy of ushering in sustainable development in its peripheral villages. The objective of ‘spreading samriddhi’ finds its true expression in the myriad activities taken up by the plant for the people living in its periphery. From education to women's empowerment, providing healthcare facilities to improving infrastructure, promoting advanced techniques of agriculture to skill enhancement, land and water management to livestock development – the multifaceted approach of RSP aims at touching and shaping every aspect of life and living of its community neighbours.
Taking a unique step forward, the plant has set up the Institute for Periphery Development that is functioning as the nerve centre of all the activities taken up under periphery development. Villagers from nearby areas are being trained in various income generation activities in this institute.
Adoption of 16 villages as Model Steel Villages is another significant stride taken up by RSP to create sustainable models of economic development.
Partners in Progress
Rourkela Steel Plant has always considered the small scale industries (SSI) operating in its neighbourhood as its partners in progress. An exclusive wing – Peripheral Industries and Vendor Development (PIVD) – has been set up in RSP under its Materials Management Department for catering to the development needs of local SSI units.
Scenic Steel Township
Rourkela’s Steel Township is a modern industrial habitation characterised by extensive green coverage and aesthetic installations. Efforts to beautify the township and upgrade its facilities never cease here. A number of artistically crafted monuments not only add significant grace to the sylvan landscape of the township but also showcase the innovative usage of steel for creating objects of art. The Indira Gandhi Park in the heart of the steel city is another effort made to highlight nature in all its glory and grandeur, and a musical fountain enthralling visitors. A zoo in the park is the second biggest of its kind in the state and is home for a diverse variety of animals and birds.
Creating a Healthy Environment
Rourkela Steel Plant’s concern for a healthy environment is symbolised by its wide network of Medical & Health Services. Ispat General Hospital (IGH), a 685-bed hospital run by RSP for its employees is a premier medical centre in the eastern region. In IGH the doctor-to-bed ratio is 1:4.8 and occupancy rate is 87%. The hospital has several exclusive facilities like Burn Centre, Blood Transfusion Centre, Intensive Care, Dialysis Unit, Nuclear Medicine, MRI Scan, Cardiac Clinic, CT Scan, Thyroid Clinic, Bio-Medical Waste Management System, etc. The hospital has a WHO-recognised Malaria Research Centre. It also has the distinction of imparting postgraduate DNB training in 11 disciplines.
RSP strongly believes that one of the most fruitful investments that can be made in the present generation is in the field of sports. The Biju Patnaik Hockey Stadium in Rourkela is a full-fledged hockey stadium equipped with a state-of-the-art synthetic turf. The Sports Department of Rourkela Steel Plant has conducted several national, regional, steel plant, district and even school-level tournaments to impart a fresh impetus to sporting activities, hone budding talents and make Rourkela a sporting hub.