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Fourteen transgenders to operate heavy machinery in Tata Steel

Company putting best foot forward to shape workspace of tomorrow: VP Sundara Ramam

Jamshedpur, Dec 2: As part of its sustained efforts to enable a diverse and inclusive culture, Tata Steel’s West Bokaro Division today onboarded 14 transgenders as Heavy Earth Moving Machinery (HEMM) Operators at its mines. This landmark initiative not only aims to break the glass ceiling but also targets to mainstream transgenders in the society.

D B Sundara Ramam, Vice President, Raw Materials, Tata Steel, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest along with Atrayee Sanyal, Vice President, Human Resource Management, Tata Steel, Manish Mishra, General Manager, West Bokaro Division and Debashis Banerjee, Chief Human Resource Business Partner (Raw Materials), Tata Steel.

Speaking on the occasion, DB Sundara Ramam, Vice President, Raw Materials, said: “This day marks yet another milestone in our journey towards a diverse and inclusive tomorrow. Our pioneering Diversity & Inclusion endeavours are transformative in nature and has brought about paradigm shifts in the way we do mining. As an equal opportunity employer, Tata Steel respects uniqueness of individuals and is putting its best foot forward to shape the workspace of tomorrow.”

Congratulating the team, Atrayee Sanyal, Vice President, Human Resource Management, Tata Steel, said: “Pioneering initiatives like this further reinforces our belief in strengthening the organisation through embracing a variety of identities, thoughts, and perspectives. This journey of HR excellence has been extremely rewarding and continues to motivate us to explore new horizons. We will continue with our efforts to drive LGBTQ+ inclusion and build a benchmark workplace. We welcome all the members to the Tata Steel family and wish them all success and a great career ahead.”

Recently, Tata Steel’s West Bokaro Division onboarded 17 women as HEMM operators under its Women@Mines initiative. They are currently under training and will be deployed in mining operations early next year. In a similar module, the onboarded transgenders will also be trained for a year before they begin working in mines.

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