Jamshedpur, March 3: A series of events were organised by the steel major to pay tributes to its founder Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata on his 177th birth anniversary on Thursday, March 3.
The day started with Tata Steel officials, staff and several residents of the steel city assembling at the Tata Steel works to pay their homage to Jamshedji Nusserwanji Tata.
Around 8.30 a.m., Tata Sons chairman Cyrus P Mistry arrived at the venue and was escorted to the VIP enclosure.
Accompanying him was TV Narendran, managing director of Tata Steel, Ishaat Hussain, director, Tata Sons, and members of the board of directors of Tata Sons. Soon, Mistry, Narendran and others garlanded the founder’s bust inside the works to pay their respect to the visionary.
R. Ravi Prasad, president of Tata Workers Union, BK Dinda, general secretary and other union members also paid floral tribute to the founder of Tata Steel.
Various divisions, associate companies of Tata Steel and city-based social organisations showcased their achievements by taking out colourful tableaux. Around 35 units of Tata Steel and Tata group took out their floats on the theme ‘Futuready – Nayi soch… Naye kadam.’ Bands from different schools also took part in the parade, wherein around 5,000 employees participated.
Several contingents paraded inside the works including the medical division followed by accounts, Tata Robins Fraser, Tata Refractoriness Limited, Jamipol, Tata Pigments, Tata Growth Shop, Tata Power, Tinplate Company of India Limited and senior citizens.
Mistry along with other corporate leaders including Tata Sons director Ishaat Hussain, Tata Steel director Jacques Schraven, group executive director (finance and corporate), Tata Steel, KoushikChatterjee, Tata Steel MD (India and South East Asia), T. V Narendran, group chief technology officer, Tata Sons, GopichandKatragadda, executive chairman, Tata Business Excellence Group, S Padmanabhan and former Tata Steel MD, Jamshed J Irani watched the tableaus and floats.
Subsequently, the chairman mingled with the crowd. For many the grand ceremony was an unforgettable experience. A series of sporting events were also organised across all departments to celebrate the Founder’s Day with the citizens, children and communities settled in Jamshedpur and the neighbouring areas.
Jamshedji Tata’s son, Dorabji Tata, set up the Tata Iron and Steel Company, the first Asian integrated steel plant, on August 26, 1907. Commonly referred to as ‘Tatanagar’ or ‘steel city’, Jamshedpur is recognition of the company’s significant presence in the eastern region of the country.
Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata was born on March 3, 1839 and died on May 19, 1904.