Rourkela: The 71st Republic Day of India was celebrated on 26th January amidst patriotic zeal and zest by Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP). More than 2000 students and employees of RSP took part in the celebrations that was witnessed by thousands of Rourkelites.
Mr. Dipak Chattaraj, CEO, RSP graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, unfurled the National Flag, inspected the parade and took the salute at an impressive march past to the tune of OSAP band by 60 contingents. Apart from the Scouts, Guides, Combat and Civilian troupes from various educational institutes of the City also participated in the parade were the troupes from CISF, OSAP, RSP’s Fire Services and SAIL Hockey Academy. A spectacular dog show presented by the CISF Dog Squad was another highlight of the function.
In his address Mr. Dipak Chattaraj extended greetings and good wishes to each and every Rourkelite for the Republic Day and elaborated about the significance of the day. “Seventy years ago on this day our nascent nation got the status of the largest democracy of the World and the people of India gave to themselves a Constitution to ensure all its citizens, justice, liberty and equality. This is an occasion to celebrate India and the spirit of being Indian,” he said.
Speaking about the noteworthy contributions of RSP in nation building, Mr. Chattaraj said, “We the members of the Rourkela Steel Plant family are serving our Republic for the last 6 decades by making steel that strengthens the country. Some recent examples are our contribution to many prestigious projects of national importance like Statue of Unity, Chenab bridge, Mahatma Gandhi setu etc. It is a matter of pride that after rolling steel for the Chandrayan abhiyan, we are now supplying steel for the very futuristic Gaganyaan project.”
The CEO also elaborated upon the future growth strategies of RSP and status of New Hot Strip Mill-2. “Our Hot Strip Mill-2 project is nearing completion and rolling will start very soon. Quick operation and stabilization of the Mill will put us on a very strong pedestal as it will add a lot of high value HR products to our basket. This will in turn earn us more revenue and give us exclusivity in the market,” he added.
Mr. Chattaraj also spoke about the scheme “Ispaati Ilakon ka Vikas: SAIL ke Sath”, that aims at boosting industrial setup around Rourkela and achieve holistic socio-economic development, in line with the ‘Purvodaya in Steel Sector’ programme launched by the Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Steel, Govt. of India. Discussing about the safety aspects he urged every Rourkelite to stay safe by being alert at all times and adhering to safety rules.
In his address, the CEO exhorted all to do away with ‘Single use Plastics’ as per the clarion call given by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and instead go for sustainable alternatives. Mr. Chattaraj also thanked all the stakeholders of RSP for supporting every endeavour of the Steel Plant.
“The road ahead, although challenging, holds a lot of promise. We the employees of RSP are destined to produce one of the toughest metals of the planet and committed to strain every sinew for strengthening the nation. We have to remember that at present we are the history makers. We have to brave all the odds and usher in a renaissance,” he said while concluding his address.
Mr. Chattaraj also presented Nehru Memorial Awards to students, Jawahar Awards to executives, Best Safety & House Keeping Awards to Departments and Best Contingent awards on the occasion.
A similar function was held at Sector-22 Mini Stadium, in which the CEO unfurled the National Flag, inspected the parade and took the salute at the colorful march past presented by the 53 contingents. He also presented awards to the best contingents of the Republic Day parade.
Thereafter a fruit distribution programme was organized in Ispat General Hospital, in which Mrs. Raka Chattaraj, President, Deepika Mahila Sanghati, Mrs. Suman Lata, Mrs. Minakhi Mohapatra and Mrs. Kiran Sinha, all Vice Presidents of the Sanghati distributed fruits amongst the inmates. Dr. S S Pati, Director In-charge (M&HS), Dr. R K Behera, Director (M&HS), many Senior Doctors and officers of IGH as well as members of Governing body of Deepika Mahila Sanghati were present on the occasion.