ITC’s Paperboards and Specialty Paper Business lend its support to the needy in the state of Telangana amidst the Corona crisis

ITC  Paperboards & Specialty Papers Business
(PSPD), leading manufacturer of paper, paperboards and specialty paper in South Asia, has
spearheaded several initiatives to lend support to the Government efforts to fight the
Covid-19 pandemic. The company is working with Telangana Government to combat the
Covid-19 outbreak in the state.
As a part of its multidimensional interventions, ITC’s PSPD Bhadrachalam unit has
distributed free meals and groceries to the needy in all the villages in the Burgampahad
Mandal and the PSPD Bhadrachalam factory catchment area. This included free meals
twice a day to 600 migrant workers and essential groceries to 150 truck drivers and
cleaners from different parts of the country.
To ensure hygiene and health precautions, ITC PSPD distributed masks and hand gloves to
truck drivers in Bhadrachalam and conducted awareness sessions for them on sanitization
& cleaning of trucks. The company also disinfected around 18 villages around the
Bhadrachalam factory.
To ensure safety of health and sanitation workers who are at the front line of the COVID-
19 outbreak response, the Division donated sanitizers to public health workers in
Secunderabad. Additionally, it has distributed 500 sets of protective accessories (Masks
and Hand gloves) to the sanitation workers in Burgampahad and Bhadrachalam. The hand
sanitizers were formulated as per WHO standards by the medical and technical teams at
ITC’s Bhadrachalam unit.
ITC PSPD also supplied 150 isolation kits to the government hospital and is working in
collaboration with the local administration to offer two free meals per day to over 300
sanitation workers in Bhadrachalam and Sarapaka. The company is carrying out food
preparation for these workers in a controlled environment while maintaining all the
necessary safety and hygiene precautions.

In its endeavor to make people aware about Covid19, the ITC has issued advisories to its
employees and workers and is conducting awareness camps for communities near the
factories of ITC PSPD and across several cities and districts in Telangana. ITC PSPD is
working closely with local, State and National health care entities to conduct awareness
programmes which emphasizes on the preventive steps to be taken, need for enhanced
focus on sanitation and periodic usage of sanitizers and hand washes while simultaneously
highlighting the process to be followed to report any symptoms. The sessions are held by a
team of company doctors along with the concerned members from Security and HR teams.
Mr. Vadiraj Kulkarni, Chief Operating Officer, Paperboards & Specialty Papers
Business, ITC Limited, said, “To lend support to the Government’s efforts to fight this
pandemic, ITC’s PSPD business has undertaken a series of interventions ranging from mass
sanitization of villages, making protection kits available to the frontline workers and
serving food to those in need. We will continue to do our best to make a meaningful
contribution during these challenging times.”
ITC Limited is further augmenting the Government’s initiatives to handle the present
health crisis through its WOW (Wellbeing out of Waste) program which is a Waste
Management initiative by ITC covering 89 lakh citizens across the country and is focused
on establishing an Efficient & Sustainable Collection, Sorting and Recycling model in the
society. ITC WOW team is extensively organizing awareness campaigns on the threat of
Covid-19 in districts of Telangana (Siddipet, Siricilla, Bhadrachalam, Warangal,
Mahaboobnagar and various other Municipalities) and Andhra Pradesh (Prakasam, Guntur,
Nellore, Krishna, East & West Godavari, Chittoor, Vizag, Kadapa, Kurnool and
Ananthapuram). It is also undertaking door to door awareness activities in Kukatpally and
KPHB colony local Market.
Some other notable initiatives taken by the ITC WOW team include distribution of masks
to approx. 1000 families in the local households, delivery of food packets to 1000 shelter
less people, supply of Savlon Sanitizers to the public health workers and essentials like
water, butter milk to the Police and medical staff personnel.
ITC WOW team also put in efforts to support the municipal workers in disinfecting the
local community areas. The team with the help of ward Volunteers conducted special
hygiene awareness programs with emphasis on social distancing.
ITC’s PSPD has taken slew of preventive measures to promote social distancing at the
factory premises and public places inside the colony as well. These include activation of
additional dining halls and distanced designated seating spaces to increase distancing of
managers in the factory premises Canteen, and the Administrative Block. Ensuring
availability of liquid hand-wash and sanitizers at all conspicuous places, designated boxes
on the entrance to factory to ensure social distancing, replacement of biometric punch
process for capturing attendance with swipe cards to minimize contact with surfaces by
multiple managers, cancellation of mass festival celebrations etc. are some of the other
initiatives of the company to ensure highest levels of safety for its employees.

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