Tata Steel, today, celebrated the 115th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna recipient Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (JRD), the fourth and the longest-serving chairman of Tata Sons, a tenure that started before India won its political Independence from Britain and ended with the economic liberalisation in 1991.
Modern India proudly stands on the shoulders of pioneering Indians and JRD Tata was among the tallest who left their indelible mark not just on the country’s industrial landscape but also in the fields of aviation and corporate social responsibility decades before they became symbols of growth and progress of our nation.
Honouring his memory as a pioneering industrialist and a lifelong enthusiast of flying, various activities were organised today by the Company across its operating locations.
Tata Steel employees, general populace including youngsters and students in various locations – Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, RM locations (Naomundi, Joda, Jharia, West Bokaro, Sukinda) and Gopalpur – participated in large numbers to remember and honour JRD Tata and his life-long work in strengthening the foundation of modern industrialised India.
At Jamshedpur, senior officials from Tata Steel including airport functionaries along with students from various schools and colleges, today, gathered at the Company’s Airport in Sonari to pay homage to JRD Tata. The display of static aircrafts including King Air B200GT, Pilatus PC-12, Cessna 152, Cessna 172 and Bell 429 helicopter added to the beautiful sight and aptly aided the recall of JRD’s passion for flying. The day-long celebrations included Annual Inter School Quiz at Michael John Auditorium, tree plantation drive, inauguration of Inter School Archery Tournament, JSA Girls Football League, to name a few. School students and teachers planted around 1250 saplings at three locations as a part of the celebration.
At Kalinganagar, senior officials and employees of Tata Steel Kalinganagar offered floral tributes to the great visionary during a function organised at the General Office. An Inter-School Quiz competition among school students was organised at Kalinganagar. Students from the nearby High Schools took part in the Quiz Competition, based on the life and works of JRD Tata. To promote sustainable practices, a plantation programme was undertaken by the students in the premises of the Capability Development Training Centre of Tata Steel Kalinganagar. At Kolkata, the Company employees paid floral tributes to JRD Tata. Like in earlier years, Tata Steel Sports Club organised a blood donation camp. A total of 110 people participated in the drive and donated their blood.
At various RM Locations also, the senior officials and employees paid homage to the great man.