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JN Tata’s 182nd birth anniversary: Small crowd, big hearts pay homage to the Founder inside Tata Steel works

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Jamshedpur, March 3: Tata Steel and Jamshedpur paid homage to its Founder Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata on his 182nd Birth Anniversary at the Jamshedpur Works Main Gate inside the Tata Steel premises on Wednesday, March 3.

Present on the occasion were Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons, N Chandrasekaran, Chairman Tata Sons, T V Narendran, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Steel, Koushik Chatterjee, Executive Director and CFO, Tata Steel, former deputy managing director Dr T Mukherjee,

Vice Presidents of Tata Steel, Tata Workers Union President Sanjeev Choudhary, general secretary Satish Singh, deputy president Shailesh Singh, office bearers, former TWU president R Ravi Prasad, Raghunath Pandey, PN Singh and other dignitaries.

Homage to the founder was paid by 37 contingents representing various divisions and departments of Tata Steel and Tata Steel group companies.

On the occasion two-minute silence was observed for the people who lost their lives during Founder’s Day programme on organised inside the company premises on March 3 number of years ago.  

This year, the celebrations were subdued in view of COVID-19. However, the spirit to pay homage to the Founder was intact and there were few programmes organised with limited physical participation to mark the occasion. The Founder`s Day celebrations at Jamshedpur Works was also live streamed for employees as well as for a select group of Jamshedpur citizens.

The festivities began at 7:30 AM with March Past by the contingents of different Departments of Tata Steel at the Works Main Gate inside the Tata Steel premises. Homage was paid by all at the Founder’s Statue located near the Gate.

This year, there were no floats and the size of the contingents was restricted to 12.

Departments from outside Jamshedpur were not allowed to participate in the March Past.

Officials in small number were present to witness the Founder’s Day festivity and it was for the very first time that JN Tata’s birth anniversary was celebrated amid such a small gathering.

The representatives of different groups in the procession paid homage at the Founder’s Statue at the Works Main Gate. Different departments of Tata Steel including Medical Services, Tata Steel Utilities and Infrastructure Services Limited, Jamipol, TRF, Tinplate, Tata Pigments, Tata Asset Management, Tata Steel Long Product, Tata AIA, Tata AIG, Tata Bluescope, Tata Project, Himalaya Steel Mill Services, ISWP, Tata Capital etc.   

The theme of this year’s Founder`s Day was “Agile today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.  Successful organisations including Tata Steel have acknowledged the critical need for agility in workplace culture and environment. Agility has been always at the forefront and a key attribute for leaders as well as employees to adapt and effect change swiftly. Tata Steel has built an ecosystem that enables employees and stakeholders to explore new horizons, learn from failures while fostering a culture of innovation and excellence. These endeavours have enabled institutions like Tata Steel to become sustainable over time.

Founder’s Day was first introduced by Tata Steel on March 3, 1932. It was D M Madan, Chief Accountant, Tata Iron and Steel Company, who first conceived the idea of observing and celebrating an annual gathering to commemorate the birth anniversary of J.N. Tata. Founder’s Day provides an opportunity to express one’s gratitude and regard in memory of a genius whose faith and adjustment, energy and perseverance saw to the emergence of the works, township and the environs of Jamshedpur that remain enduring witness to the visionary and his dreams.

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