Jamshedpur, Feb 24: The Steel City is being decked up to pay tributes to the founder Jamsteji Nusserwanji Tata on his birth anniversary on March 3. Several roads, roundabouts and other institutions of Tata Steel are being lit up for the occasion.
Keeping in mind the prevailing situation of pandemic, Tata Steel has decided to cancel public functions and celebrate the day with a limited number of people at its different locations.
According to officials, with Covid-19 guidelines in place, the company has decided to give mass gathering a skip. Most of the events planned inside the steel works will be limited to paying floral tribute to the founder.
The pioneering industrialist, who founded the Tata Group, had written to his son about his dream of a big city in the erstwhile village of Sakchi, which was finally renamed as Jamshedpur in 1919 by a British statesman.
Founder’s Day was first instituted by Tata Steel on March 3, 1932. It was D N 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 provided him with an opportunity of expressing his regard for the memory of the genius to whose faith and adjustment, energy and perseverance, the works, the towns and the environs of Jamshedpur bear enduring witness.
J.N. Tata, a pioneer, a visionary, a seer, as he is popularly recognized, was the person who secured a strong foothold in the map of the industrialized nations of the world. The next momentous year was 1958, the year of Tata Steel’s Golden Jubilee. Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru was the Chief Guest. The Golden Jubilee celebration took place on the 1st and 2nd of March 1958. However, Nehruji had left a day before and could not witness the Founder’s Day ceremony. The celebrations that year saw a cavalcade of floats which were the result of many days’ labour by the workers in the various shops. Colourful, ingenious and attractive, they raised cheers from the crowds that lined the road.
“Like every year work is in full progress for Founder’s Day. Work is carried out on a war footing to complete widening work of important roads. Several artilleries are getting a facelift too,” said an official.