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Jharia celebrates JRD

- Football, cross-country mark 110th birth anniversary

A host of programmes, including a cross-country run, a six-a-side football tournament, goodies for leprosy patients and a health camp, were organised by Jharia division of Tata Steel to mark the 110th birth anniversary of JRD Tata.

The main function, however, was held at the Jamadoba office of the GM of the division, Sanjay Kumar Singh, who along with regional secretary of Rashtriya Colliery Mazdoor Sangh (RCMS) Santosh Mahto garlanded the portrait of JRD Tata.

Among the others present were chief of Jamadoba Group Subrata Das, chief of HR management Rajesh Mishra and chief of engineering services Narayan Mahto.

This was followed by a cross-country run, flagged off from Jamadoba Ground by Singh and Mahto.

In all, 427 children under 16, including 135 girls, took part in the run. Nitu Kumari, Sona Kumari and Manisha Kumari were declared first second and third among the girls, while Binit Kumar Yadav, Shekhar Kumar Roy and Bhimsen Yadav were the top three among the boys.

A six-a-side football match for clerical staff was also organised at Digwadih stadium in Dhanbad.

Sparsh Centre, a rehabilitation hub for leprosy patients (a joint project of Tata Steel and Lepra India), was witness to a special function during which appliances, like crutches (10), wheelchairs (five) and micro-cellular rubber protective footwear (30 pairs) were distributed among patients.

This apart, a health awareness camp was also organised by Tata Steel Rural Development Society at its office at Bhelatand during which senior specialists of Tata Central Hospital attended to 182 patients.

“The primary aim of the camp was to educate and motivate people to take care of their own health,” said chief of Sijua Group Jasbir Singh, who was chief guest.

A seminar on development of self-help groups was also organised in the conference hall of the rural development society at Jamadoba in which 82 women of 30 self-help groups took part.

Ranjana Singh, wife of GM Singh, was chief guest.

Later, an inter-village football tournament was held at Digwadih grounds.