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Bhilai Steel Plant Is Rightly Considered As The Jewel In The Crown Of SAIL

After the liberalization, Privatization and Globalization (LPG) process in the early 1990s, the organizations have come to understand the fact that the people are the centre of the whole system. For creating a performing organization and to sustain the performance, HRD orientation needs, to be top down and should also involve the line managers to ensure sustainable peak performance.

It is evident that most of the problems in an organization are human related, as human beings are dynamic and complex. Hence, human resource development is a challenging job. Moreover, unless organizations learn to tune human resources, success will be elusive. HRD has very close relationship with number of human activities as well as functional activities of the organization.

The Indian economy has changed a tot in the last few years, with most of the giant organization going for mergers and acquisitions. (MCIE data-Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy) However, the success rate is very slow because of the cultural mismatch and failure to manage human resources properly.

We cannot differentiate successful organizations on the basis of technology that they are using; it is basically people and their way of managing the organizations that is a differentiating factor between successful organizations. Thus, HRD has to play a strategic role in realizing the business goals of organizations rather than being perceived only as a support service.

According to J.R.D. Tata (1943) “It is clear if your labor relation programme is to be really effective, it should embrace every subject and every activity bearing upon a worker’s employment, or affecting his family. It should carry out not merely the negative task of removing discontent, but the positive one of creating containment.”

So, HRD has a very close relationship with the perceptions, behavior and attitude of people. It throws a lightning impact on group dynamisms, work cultures of employees.

In the 50, there was a strong belief that employees were recruited not to question ‘why’ but only ‘to do-and-die’. In the 60s’ terms like manpower, staff and personnel came to be used. In the late 70s, people realized that beyond a point, productivity depended on people. The Indian organizations are experiencing some transitions and changes. The workforce of the 50s and 60, have retired. The middle level is now at the top with the hangover of all possible middle class values. The new generation of MBA, are pouring into industrial organizations. Young executives in their mid-30s are heading HRD/HRM divisions in big companies due to the unprecedented advancement of Information Technology.

Most multinational companies have a long held view that a person who is proficient in certain techniques and skills can be an effective manager anywhere in the world. Of late, however, there has been a growing awareness that to be successful managers must adopt their expertise to the cultural and economic context in which they operate. References to national or regional variations such as the American or European style of management have become common. Along with the economic development, Asia is also evolving its own style of management. A blend of old and new, it has strong elements of Asian cultures and values.

Life as a whole:

The concepts of loyalty, duty, happiness, honor and justice within this framework find a unique expression in the behaviors of Asians. In the Asian view, economic life cannot be seggrated from life as a whole. People cannot be treated as a more units who produce profit. Profit is not defined as only money but sum total of human happiness. For a western employee, job is primarily a business of contract. To an Asian, it is a personnel relationship.

To the Asian mind, success becomes meaningful when imbued with a social purpose. A good manager is not simply competent but also compassionate, one who protects the livelihood of employees, e.g. one of the foremost achievements of Bangkok Bank, that the bank has never initiated a lay off program throughout its 43 years history. Long before the world took notice of the life long employment practices in Japan, the workers in most Asia societies were treated as members of extended family.

Head and Heart


From the Asia perspective, a manager who is compassionate also has high integrity. A senior manager is like the head of the family and is often approached by subordinates for help and advice on personal problems (Banchong somboonpakorn, manager of Thai Chemicals Corporation).

According to Jeremy Pickle (regional President of West big Corporation) Asia managers, especially Indian managers are two types: SHAMs (Standard Hybridized Asian Manager) CRAMs (Culturally responsive Asian Managers) . Now the trend is SHAMs are gradually giving way to CRAMs.
– Understanding the Asia Manager – Hari Bedim (Allen & Unwin)

BSP is a huge and complex industry involving huge quantities and skills of diverse nature and that too in large numbers. HRD at Bhilai examines how the workforce is enabled to develop and utilize its full potential, aligned with the company’s objectives. Acharya Vinobha Bhave (3rd January, 1964), said on Bhilai “To-day I am changing the name of Bhilai. I am rechristening it as “Bhalai”, meaning welfare. The welfare of India will be reflected here.

As BSP, has been considered as an integrated Steel Plant, it has carrying the biggest burden to build better work systems. (a. work and job design, b. Compensation & Recognition) employee education, training and development, employee well-being and satisfaction (a. work environment, b. employee support services, c. Employee satisfaction).

Year 2004-05 for BSP has been significantly eventful in terms of production, productivity, quality, accolades and rewards in the face of unprecedented challenges posed by the competing steel industry – domestic and abroad – as a whole. HRD practices of Bhilai have all along been a great catalytic agent in the process of transformations of Bhilaians towards the unified goal of achieving excellence. A significance proportion of the programmes have been dedicated to upgrade the computer competency of our employees, as most of the elements of decisions have to be computer savvy.

Bhilai is poised to manufacture 7MT of hot metal, 6.7 MT of crude steel and 6.2 MT saleable steel by 2012. Training activities related to multi-skilling, multi tasking have been accepted as an on going general feature of the plan, looking into the needs of critical skill to be developed in most of the shops.

The present compendium as a ready reckoner, therefore, will prove to be of immense value to all HRD practioners who have themselves right from the beginning towards the creation of an innovative, entrepreneurial culture in the large organization through competent, responsive and committed workforce.

We live in an age in which communication between people is essential to achieving our shared goals of development and peaceful consistence. New innovation in information and communication technologies has increased exponentially our capacity to connect with each other. It is up to us to use to harness the potential of these technologies in our work to extend the benefits of education, health care, trade and environmental protection to all . (FROM UN SECRETARY GENERAL MR. KOFI ANAN ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD TELECOM DAY 2005 MAY, 17).

Human communication has always been a combination of intellect and emotion – a characteristic that helps to define our shared humanity. Our information society has a way of reminding us of this reality, often in a dramatic fashion.

Looking ahead to Tunis, the true test of an equitable information society will be the extent to which today’s powerful knowledge-based communication tools are able to connect different people. (Mr. Yoshio UTSUMI – Secretary- General (International Telecommunication Union).

Bhilai Steel Plant is rightly considered as the jewel in the crown of SAIL. This position is not merely because of the efforts in the field of production, productivity and quality of the product but also due to good communication system in the plant. [S.K. Jain, GM I/c (Works)] [On the occasion of World Telecom Day, 17th May, 2005, a seminar in the assembly hall of BTI, 4.05PM.]

“I am happy to mention that in the recent past Bhilai Steel Plant has created huge infrastructure in the area of ICT. Many new initiatives like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Knowledge Management (KM) are being implemented to transform BSP into a futuristic organization. R.P.Singh, MD, BSP (Souvenir, world Telecom Day, Bhilai, 17th May, 2005).

Rourkela Musings

I was completely surprised when I decided to meet fellow class students after 25 years. Plenty of waters have flown into the rivers and there must have been plenty of change during these courses. Plenty of changes have occurred but one thing that has never changed during these courses is the presence of the same sort of childhood memories that have been accumulated with all of us and still continues to be there.

During these times, most of our school friends have united for a complete get together at Rourkela and then probably at Tensa for some time so that we could see each other and greet each other after such a prolonged time. Lots of things must have changed during these 25 years of time but only one thing that has never ever been changed should have been the same sort of childhood memories of all of us that continues to be evolved and continue to stay forever.

Tensa get together, where the school is situated have not been clearer, but get together at Rourkela is now confirmed. It was for me the very last time confirmation and for this, I could not book the train for this and for this I continue to go with the bus from my native place of Puri and there is a direct bus service from Puri to Rourkella. In the last few years, there has been a sea change in the approaches of how the roaming of the bus should have been on these routes.

Now, there have been sleepers inside the bus and most of these buses are fully air-conditioned and that makes the journey extremely comfortable. For such a journey of over eight hours with air-conditioned and sleeper that should help us to be staying with super comfort for entire courses of the journey for sure.

Radhika Regency, Rourkela
Radhika Regency, Rourkela

I reached at Sarathi bus which runs from Bhubaneswar to Rourkela and leaves Puri at five pm and my sleeper number is five and then I reached there, and it is extremely comfortable. That is wider sleeping space with an air-conditioned ventilator at the top of it and it has been two in size to render it most comfortable at that point. There has been a nice presence of stairs cases out there where easily and most comfortable I could rise to the sleeper and there have been no difficulties in reaching there.

The journey was super relaxing, with first class air condition working and the resting time was cool and wonderful. With the provision of closing the windows pane with windows mat, it became extremely convenient for me to sleep for some time as I know in the next day meeting with so many friends after such a difference of time but still, the joy of meeting them reminds me for their absolute presence.

With complete air-conditioned facilities and the speed of the bus are good and especially nice after crossing the Cuttack bus station and that reminds me of better facilities or same to same facilities just like that of a first-class railway journey. In between nearer to Cuttack railway station, the conductor asked for the ticket and he checked it and then I closed the windows mat and then began to eat the foods which I took from home and then took some water and then bring out the earphone and then put it the other side into music player and then I try hard to get into sleeping.

In the meantime when the bus reaches nearer to Cuttack bus station, my phone rang and it was from Ranjeet Pattnaik and he was telling me about from which location I should be getting down so that it should be super convenient for all of us to reach nearer to Hotel Basera where our rooms are booked.

I reached nearer to Sector 2 and from there, I hired one shared auto that took me nearer to hotel Basera for ten rupees and then I slowly walked to the other side of the road and move towards the sideward road to reach towards it and then at the front of it I saw the Hotel Regency International and then at the left side I moved to this hotel Basera.

Just at the front of Hotel Basera, I saw, two or three persons have been standing there and from the distance, I could recognize them as Rana, Bibhuti, Manoj Rath and Rajesh Mahapatra and that reminds me of my childhood days.

From their appearances and the facial structure it is imminent and construed that they were the same person and the states of happiness and the confidences from which the sharpness of the same set up and wonderful presence comes upon so many times reminds me of the same sort of childhood days that has been there as if still to date.

It was one of delightful get-together. We all reached to the room number 304 of this hotel and inside of it Uttam already there reached from Bhubaneswar and we all have a tremendous time at that juncture with complete smiling all a crosses and everyone was looking at each other quite closely and trying hard to remember the childhood days. It was a small but nice room with good air conditioning all around and presents with such and such wonderful presentations of conveniences and gestures that make the entire surroundings one of brilliant place to live in.

The climate of Rourkela is comparatively respectable if we see the amount of perspiration and humidities inside Puri climate. Puri my native place is surrounded from most sides by sea provides ample shreds of evidence of the presence of the amount of humidity that makes the 34 temperature feels like near to 50.

For me the temperature of Rourkela is good and nice and it does feel some sort of coolness for me and we reached to the room and then I went for refresh and after some time the other entire presented childhood friends suggested for moving to a nearby site for taking up tea out there.

It was one of the places nearer to the square where many steel plant workers tend to unite there and have the tea and snacks and we get there and then after some time we reached the hotel and stayed there for some time. Uttam, Manoj all have been there and we talked and talked as there have been 25 years of gap in between our school life and the present life and there have been many things to talk with all of us and the series of conversations moved thereon.

Tensa
We all talked about our respective professions and continue to talk about this for some time and then the presence of the flurry of my classmates comes to meet with all of us with complete eagerness and enthusiasms. In the meantime flurry of childhood friends reached and prominent among them are the Gada, Manoj Sathpathy, Siba, Debashish, Ranjeet Pattnaik and many others and the get together should be at Subham International and it was a walkable distance from there on.

We all moved with respective bikes and then reached there which is hardly a 100 to 200 meter walk able distance. We reached at the first floor and the room was a wide area with a larger gathering could be there comfortably. There were three waiters waiting to serve food and break fast. Slowly all total 25 to 30 classmates are reached. Most of them were eager to meet me and Uttam reaching out to classmates after 25 and 15 years and this should have been one of most anticipated getting together ever.

There have been smiles all around everywhere and plenty of great attention towards all of us and everyone, is talking about how Atanu and Abhi missed the bus and some have been very interested in talking about childhood days and the most wonderful moments thereafter. Every one were happy and reeling into momentous presence in which we are in and we are just contemplating about our childhood memories and how we have been very happier with each and every days and continue to find more and more strategically wonderful time and we are very much thankful for the present time and ours luck to be united all over again.

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