JN Tata’s 183nd birth anniversary
Jamshedpur March 3: Tata Steel and Jamshedpur paid homage to its Founder Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, also regarded as the legendary ‘Father of Indian Industry’ on his 183rd Birth Anniversary at the Jamshedpur Works Main Gate inside the Tata Steel premises on Thursday, March 3. Celebrated as the Founder’s Day, the flagship event happens every year at Jamshedpur on March 3 to pay tributes to the founder’s vision of an industrial future with community welfare at its core.
The event in Jamshedpur today was graced by N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons and T V Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel.
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 and other dignitaries.
The theme of this year’s Founder`s Day is “Life@TataSteel – Build the tomorrow you deserve”, a reflection of life where profession meets passion, ambition meets compassion and work meets leisure and continue to build a Tata Steel where people work harmoniously today, to build a better tomorrow for self and the world.
JN Tata had begun his entrepreneurial journey with a textile mill in central India in the 1870s. His vision inspired the steel and power industry in India, set the foundation for technical education, and helped the country leapfrog to join the ranks of industrialised nations.
This year’s exhibition at Steelenium Hall inside Jamshedpur Works was based on the same theme.
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.
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.
Officials in small number were present to witness the Founder’s Day festivity.
The representatives of different groups in the procession paid homage at the Founder’s Statue at the Works Main Gate.
Like every year, around 40 landmark spots in Jamshedpur–including heritage buildings, places of worship, dozens of roundabouts etc. have been illuminated. The celebrations at Jamshedpur Works were live streamed for employees and the larger populace.
Likewise, the Founder’s Day celebrations were organised at other locations and offices of Tata Steel across the country. At the Kalinganagar Plant, the event included a march-past and flower tribute to the founder. Tata Steel’s Meramandali plant in the Dhenkanal district of Odisha was decorated with lights and athletics competitions among children and employees were organised by the sports department to mark this occasion.
The celebrations were arranged by putting in place appropriate Covid-19 safety protocols while ensuring that all stakeholders are given enough opportunities to pay their respects to JN Tata’s memory.