Project Suraksha health checkup by Tata Motors Finance
A pioneer in the vehicle finance sector, Tata Motors Finance, a renowned non-banking financial company, announced the launch of “Project Suraksha” at the beginning of the year, promising to offer free health examinations to truckers across the country. With on-the-spot registration, health camps were established in 15 cities including Ambala, Anuppur, Bhojpur, Guwahati, Gwalior, Hyderabad, Lakhimpur, Lucknow, Mumbai, Muzzafarpur, Namakkal, Patna, Pune, Visakhapatnam, and Vijaywada in collaboration with Collective Good Foundation (CGF), Samhita, a provider of healthcare solutions. Over 5000 drivers throughout India were screened for health issues during the most recent round of the programme.
Because of their particular working conditions, truck drivers are more at risk for health problems. In India, back pain, hypertension, diabetes, and eye-related problems are common among truck drivers. The top three health issues among Indian truck drivers, according to a recent research by Marketing and Development Research Associates (MDRA) for the SaveLIFE Foundation, are backaches (77%), joint, muscle, and neck discomfort (58%) and constipation/gas/stomach disorders (40%) In addition, 28% of drivers have vision issues, and 35,5% of drivers experience headaches and dizziness as a result of inadequate sleep and rest. A quarter of all drivers experience stress or hypertension. Despite the need, 81% of truck drivers in India lack access to any on-the-road medical facilities.
According to Mr. Punit Puri, Chief Human Resources Officer for Tata Motors Finance, “A symbiotic link emerges between the pace of infrastructural development and the expansion of the economy. The responsibility for enabling the movement of goods and people falls to the transportation sector as a crucial means of achieving the latter. Evidently, the kind-hearted truck drivers are the ones who suffer the most and have been valiantly battling them with little to no relief. Being in the business and working with drivers as clients, we have always appreciated their contribution to the health of our nation’s economy. To express our gratitude for their selflessness and sheer bravery in the face of hardship, we started Project Suraksha. We sought to make health screenings easily accessible through this programme.
The process of evaluating one’s overall health involved a plethora of tests, including checks for obesity (BMI calculation, body measurements), cardiovascular and respiratory risks (body temperature and oxygen saturation), blood pressure, lipid profiles, an ECG, blood sugar, and haemoglobin levels for a healthy heart, astigmatism, colour blindness, and the recommendation of eyeglasses for vision.
The top financial institution for financing the whole line of commercial vehicles from Tata Motors is Tata Motors Finance Limited (TMFL). It is a systemically important (ND-SI) NBFC that does not accept deposits.
One of the original providers of auto loans, TMFL was founded in 1957 but went by a different name. TMF Holdings Limited, with headquarters in Thane, Maharashtra, promotes the business.