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- Mistry’s first Founder’s Day outing without mentor Ratan

Tata employees, no matter where they are posted in the world, will now engage with the community, said Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry at the 175th Founder’s Day celebrations in Jamshedpur on Monday to mark India’s industrial visionary JN Tata.

Inside Tata Steel works, Mistry, who came to attend Founder’s Day without mentor Ratan Tata for the first time, said “Tata Engage” was an initiative of Tata Sustainability Group (TSG) to encourage employees around the globe to volunteer their time and skills to communities they lived and worked in.

Three Tata Steel employees Rajiv Kumar, Tripti Roy and visually challenged Atul Sahay collected Tata Engage handbooks from Mistry.

Founder’s Day also launched the Tata Group volunteering week (March 3-9) to sensitise employees to social causes and encourage them to get involved in the community.

Companies will organise activities for employees to volunteer on any one day of the week during office hours, either for a half or full day. On Day One, several employees decided to volunteer serving food to over 3,000 inmates of leprosy ashrams in the city.

Member group executive council and chief ethics officer Tata Sons, Mukund Govind Rajan said: “The Tatas will urge employees and all women in general to register themselves as voters and help elect a responsible government in Lok Sabha polls,” he said.

Excitement was palpable in galleries as Mistry and his elegant wife Rohiqa arrived at the Tata Steel works main gate around 8.45am.

Twenty-five floats displayed the theme “Realising dreams responsibly”. Power couple Mistry and Rohiqa, Tata Steel MD T.V. Narendran and his better-half Ruchi, vice-chairman B. Muthuraman, board of directors member Ishaat Hussain, CEO (Europe) Karl Ulrich Kohler, as well as former MD J.J. Irani and former deputy MD T. Mukherjee , along with employees, enjoyed the show.

A minute’s silence was observed in memory of those killed in the fire mishap during Founder’s Day celebration in 1989.

Later, addressing citizens near JN Tata’s bust at Bistupur Postal Park, Mistry told people about the Founder’s commitment. “His way of looking at the community was not only as a stakeholder but as the very purpose of the company’s existence,” he said.

“The Founder’s dream is best seen in the city (Jamshedpur) which has best quality of life in the country, good infrastructure and good healthcare facilities. I inaugurated a burns care unit at TMH yesterday (Sunday) and would like to express our commitment to world-class health infrastructure in the city,” Mistry said.

He also flagged off the pageantry in Bistupur, which saw 30 tableaux of social, educational and trade bodies, Rapid Action Force, army unit of Punjab Regiment on bikes, and 891 Field Regiment of Sonari-based army camp displaying exhibits of Zimmedar Nagrik, Zimmedar Shahar.

Later, addressing members of Tata Workers Union at Heritage Gallery, Mistry stressed on safety and environment-friendliness inside the plant.


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