Jamshedpur, Aug 2: The man who steered the business of The Tinplate Company of India Limited (TCIL) into the industry leader, Bushen Lal Raina passed away on Tuesday morning. He was 78 years old and was suffering from cancer. He breathed his last at Tinplate Hospital. He is survived by his wife Lata Raina, son Mohit Raina and daughter Mona Raina.
Raina worked with Tata Steel and its associate companies in a career that spanned over four decades. He was the managing director of Tinplate Company of India Ltd (TCIL) from 1997-2009,a period when the company was facing a downfall. Raina played a key role in the turnaround of the loss-making company into a market leader for tinplate products in India and West and South-East Asia. In his role as director, International Trade for Tata Steel, Raina was credited with establishing its international steel trading business and pioneering inroads into Europe, Asia and the United States. A passionate advocate of corporate sustainability and total quality management, Raina also served on several boards and is a visiting faculty at XLRI and XIMB.
Raina, who also served as chairman of Beldih Club, played an important role in promoting club activities. In 2010-11, B Muthuraman, the then managing director of Tata Steel, who was the golf captain shared his vision for an 18-hole Golf Course with someone he knew was equally passionate about the game. This was B L Raina, who took this seed of an idea determinedly forward, giving it his all. Those who served on the committee with him would unhesitatingly say that he was indefatigable in his mission though the course came up in Golmuri.
Historically, the chairman of Beldih Club was always from the Beldih-end of town. But in Raina, who was managing director of Tinplate, Dr Irani had seen a person who had a certain panache, love for the traditional club culture and the tenacity to transform the club, when he appointed him. When Raina went to him to ask for a loan to build the Beldih Residency for the Club, as a means to make it sustainable and also to host visiting golfers. But soon a gracious Dr Irani did accept that Raina’s decision was extremely sound, despite his own initial misgivings.
Other visible changes made by him was the Steel City golf logo, which he insisted be updated, and subsequently the Beldih Club logo which was redone to include the golf clubs. He was very engaged and excited about transforming the club because he always saw it as a country club of the likes of Tollygunge Club in Kolkata. The last rites of Raina will be performed tomorrow at Jamshedpur.