ONGC stands strong with the nation during pandemic
Dated : 17 May 2021 11:45:00 AM
As a responsible corporate citizen, energy Maharatna Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) has picked up an exclusive gauntlet of responsibility to support the communities to tide over the current Covid-19 crisis, while maintaining its prime responsibility of Oil and Gas production, braving the odds thrown up by the unprecedented pandemic.
To help the country tide over Oxygen shortage during the second wave of COVID-19, on behalf of Government of India, ONGC has been given the responsibility to procure one lakh oxygen concentrators based on its understanding of global supply chain and logistics. Government of India will bear the cost of procuring these concentrators. Within a short period, ONGC placed orders for 34,673 Oxygen concentrators on overseas vendors for immediate supply. Out of these, 2900 are expected to be received by 21st May and rest in staggered delivery from May to end June 2021. Further, to promote domestic capacity, order has been placed for 40,000 units of Oxygen Concentrators on domestic Manufacturers.
INDEG department of ONGC, since long had been working relentlessly, taking lead in indigenisation of products used in oil and Gas industry. Supporting and encouraging domestic producers to manufacture and supply products used in the upstream oil and gas industry, ONGC is contributing towards achieving government’s goal of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.
In addition, medical grade oxygen generation plants are also being set up with ONGC support in 10 government hospitals in three states of India. This is part of the huge initiative of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas by which total 93 such oxygen plants are being set up by various Oil PSUs across the country.
Continuing its fight against COVID, ONGC has been an active part of the nation-wide vaccination drive promoting the vaccination efforts through regular social media posts. ONGC is also organizing vaccination camps at various work locations across the country for employees and secondary workforce. To ensure that vaccination reaches to the people of the country, ONGC has also supported COVID vaccine logistics supply chain equipment in Tripura, Nagaland, Gujarat and Uttarakhand.
The Maharatna and its Energy Soldiers have been on the forefront of combating the pandemic since its onset in March 2020. Amidst restrictions to contain the spread of the novel Corona virus, ONGCians have maintained production of oil and gas to ensure the nation’s energy supply. While continuing oil-field operations, ONGCians ensured adhering to all COVID-related SOPs and guidelines. The Energy Soldiers of ONGC worked extended operational shifts (in offshore and remote onshore oil-field locations) of up to 60 days at a stretch on their own volition (in place of the usual 14/21 days on/off duty pattern) to sustain production during the period when the crew changeover process was hampered for the nation-wide lockdown. ONGC organized chartered flights and in-house end-to-end sanitized transportation for its crew change in a unique Operation NISHTHA. In spite of challenges posed due to second wave of COVID, ONGC is able to maintain its production levels with minimal effect on operations.
Because of experience and abundant preparation, in spite of challenges posed due to second wave of COVID, ONGC is able to maintain its production levels with minimal effect on operations.
Throughout the pandemic, ONGC ensured constant support for its employees and their family members by extending complete medical support to its employees and their families. All pandemic related information, orders, circulars, 24x7 helpline numbers were made available on the internal portal.
ONGC has also tremendously increased its procurement from GeM portal to encourage ‘Make in India’ during this crisis period. ONGC has also been extensively vocal on COVID-prevention, vaccination drive etc. on social networking platforms, by regularly posting and circulating informational and educational creative and videos.
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Additional information: While safe-guarding its employees from the novel virus, ONGC has been a constant support for the general community as well by providing necessary help to the needy, sanitizing community surroundings near its operational areas and extending medical aid. ONGC had also made monetary contribution of over Rs 300 crore to the PM CARES fund in addition to voluntary contribution of ~ Rs. 30 crores by its employees from their salary.