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SCOPE Webinar on Learning from Mahatma Gandhi on Public Service

With the new realm of challenges amidst the ongoing pandemic, the need for public service has catapulted.  To address the same, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised its 10th Webinar on ‘Action Today, Impact Tomorrow: Learning from Mahatma Gandhi on contribution for Public Service.’ Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO, MGIEP, Atul Sobti DG, SCOPE and Mr. S. Sakthimani, Director (Finance), CCI and Member, SCOPE Executive Board addressed the webinar held to commemorate the United Nations Public Service Day. Around 300 participants attended the webinar through SCOPE’s various social platforms.

Dr. Anantha Duraiappah in his address inspired by the rationale of Mahatma Gandhi said that while the pandemic has challenged the economic situation globally, it is time to take behavioral inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi to tackle the anxiety and uncertainty surrounding us. He also emphasized the importance of building emotional resilience and providing public service through empathy, compassion and mindfulness. 

Atul Sobti stated that the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi not only led a life of selfless service but also set benchmarks in leadership, humanity, patriotism and management and in this time of crisis it is only pertinent to follow his teachings. He also highlighted the role of Public Sector Enterprises in supplementing the efforts of the Government and stated that they have been playing a critical role in the same. He emphasized that only public service done in true spirit brings an actual difference in people’s lives.

S. Sakthimani reflecting on the teachings of Mahatma said that besides public service, one lesson that we must all imbibe is achieving self-reliance and manufacture locally to attain self-sufficiency and be globally competitive.

25 Jun 2020
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What’s excellent about the institution promoting excellence

In recent years SCOPE has been witnessing an era when persons are managing to work on whims and music above 60 and not on professional consideration.  It's not only about DG, SCOPE managing to continue till 70, but more of its officers are also continuing till 64 or 65, many retired approaching 63 and even professional hires are being relieved even on attaining the age of 60. 

Not surprisingly the Department of Public Enterprise (DPE) had recently disassociated itself from SCOPE for arbitrariness for non-compliance of audit, administrative framework and mandate. 

An apex body and representative of PSEs should also display some structure and norms which makes this an institution of excellence for which it was envisaged in 70s by the Bureau of Public Enterprises that gave this body formal recognition.

As could be seen in the last couple of years, the inward movement has been only at the level of DG, SCOPE besides bringing in a professional from the background of PSE, Govt. of India, and Private Sectors as Head of HR & Corporate Communication. It is to be seen if such professionals brought with diverse experiences and leadership roles have their due place in SCOPE.

There are few examples that endorse the perception that SCOPE has minimum scope for professionals as they struggle for the foothold in SCOPE by virtue of the influence of old guards. DG’s gradually going along with old-timers that led to the continuance of some even up to 65 who helped DGs to stay comfortably till 70, some in 64, some retired in 62 or 63.

Such adhocism and arbitrariness dilute the structure of any professional body that claims to promote excellence. Several insiders believe that professionals should be given due place, space, commensurate salary or perks and an environment to work on a long term basis.

If many others work on the roll of SCOPE till 64 or 65, should not professionals having joined SCOPE be given the opportunity to work beyond 60 with same dignity and service benefits as extended to those currently working on the roll in SCOPE and are above 60.

Professionalization of SCOPE structure with broad basing not necessarily to the level of PSE Board would be a better option to make this more effective as currently the Board  Members are intensely engaged on a day to day basis in their respective PSEs and hence not sufficient time for affairs of SCOPE.

24 Jun 2020
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SCOPE Webinar on Learning from Mahatma Gandhi on Public Service

By IndianMandarins 25 Jun 2020

With the new realm of challenges amidst the ongoing pandemic, the need for public service has catapulted.  To address the same, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised its 10th Webinar on ‘Action Today, Impact Tomorrow: Learning from Mahatma Gandhi on contribution for Public Service.’ Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO, MGIEP, Atul Sobti DG, SCOPE and Mr. S. Sakthimani, Director (Finance), CCI and Member, SCOPE Executive Board addressed the webinar held to commemorate the United Nations Public Service Day. Around 300 participants attended the webinar through SCOPE’s various social platforms.

Dr. Anantha Duraiappah in his address inspired by the rationale of Mahatma Gandhi said that while the pandemic has challenged the economic situation globally, it is time to take behavioral inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi to tackle the anxiety and uncertainty surrounding us. He also emphasized the importance of building emotional resilience and providing public service through empathy, compassion and mindfulness. 

Atul Sobti stated that the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi not only led a life of selfless service but also set benchmarks in leadership, humanity, patriotism and management and in this time of crisis it is only pertinent to follow his teachings. He also highlighted the role of Public Sector Enterprises in supplementing the efforts of the Government and stated that they have been playing a critical role in the same. He emphasized that only public service done in true spirit brings an actual difference in people’s lives.

S. Sakthimani reflecting on the teachings of Mahatma said that besides public service, one lesson that we must all imbibe is achieving self-reliance and manufacture locally to attain self-sufficiency and be globally competitive.

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What’s excellent about the institution promoting excellence

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2020

In recent years SCOPE has been witnessing an era when persons are managing to work on whims and music above 60 and not on professional consideration.  It's not only about DG, SCOPE managing to continue till 70, but more of its officers are also continuing till 64 or 65, many retired approaching 63 and even professional hires are being relieved even on attaining the age of 60. 

Not surprisingly the Department of Public Enterprise (DPE) had recently disassociated itself from SCOPE for arbitrariness for non-compliance of audit, administrative framework and mandate. 

An apex body and representative of PSEs should also display some structure and norms which makes this an institution of excellence for which it was envisaged in 70s by the Bureau of Public Enterprises that gave this body formal recognition.

As could be seen in the last couple of years, the inward movement has been only at the level of DG, SCOPE besides bringing in a professional from the background of PSE, Govt. of India, and Private Sectors as Head of HR & Corporate Communication. It is to be seen if such professionals brought with diverse experiences and leadership roles have their due place in SCOPE.

There are few examples that endorse the perception that SCOPE has minimum scope for professionals as they struggle for the foothold in SCOPE by virtue of the influence of old guards. DG’s gradually going along with old-timers that led to the continuance of some even up to 65 who helped DGs to stay comfortably till 70, some in 64, some retired in 62 or 63.

Such adhocism and arbitrariness dilute the structure of any professional body that claims to promote excellence. Several insiders believe that professionals should be given due place, space, commensurate salary or perks and an environment to work on a long term basis.

If many others work on the roll of SCOPE till 64 or 65, should not professionals having joined SCOPE be given the opportunity to work beyond 60 with same dignity and service benefits as extended to those currently working on the roll in SCOPE and are above 60.

Professionalization of SCOPE structure with broad basing not necessarily to the level of PSE Board would be a better option to make this more effective as currently the Board  Members are intensely engaged on a day to day basis in their respective PSEs and hence not sufficient time for affairs of SCOPE.

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SCOPE: 7th Webinar Series on Arbitration and Future of Virtual Hearings

By IndianMandarins 25 May 2020

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), organized 7th webinar series 2020 on “Issues in Arbitration and Future of Virtual Hearings”. The webinar deliberated upon critical issues of arbitration arising in PSEs and how the disruptions due to COVID-19 are being converted as opportunities to explore technological and digital means to conduct hearings.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru, Judge Gaurav Pachnanda, Delhi High Court, Senior Advocate Shourav Lahiri, Supreme Court of India and Barrister-at-law, London, addressed the webinar including Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE gave the opening remarks and Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), Airport Authority of India gave the closing remarks.

Justice, Vibhu Bakhru stated that law metamorphosizes itself all the time and in the times to come, arbitration is bound to grow and develop as it ensures expeditious disposal of cases. He emphasized that for arbitration to succeed as one of the modes of dispute settlement, institutes such as SFCA need to be strengthened. He added that virtual hearings in arbitration are a reality and despite the challenges being faced, arbitrators need to train as it may soon become the norm.

In addition to this, judge Pachnanda, said that the true challenge lies in the context of trials and lawyers will require both time and practice to become comfortable with it.

On the other hand, Lahiri, talked about International best practices being followed for selection of arbitrators and added that in International arbitration, virtual hearings have been followed for a long time as they expedite the process and are cost-effective.

Atul Sobti, address that India has improved in Ease of Doing Business rankings as the government has taken a series of steps to make India an investment hub but steps need to be taken in the area of enforcing of contracts. He also talked about SFCA’s role and the future of arbitration through virtual arbitration.

The interactive session received an overwhelming response by over 500 participants including board members, Legal heads and other senior members of PSEs. Participants were also apprised about the role of SCOPE Forum of Conciliation and Arbitration (SFCA) in institutional Arbitration.

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SCOPE hails economic stimulus package to spur economic growth

By IndianMandarins 14 May 2020

SCOPE, the apex body of Public Sector Enterprises, has welcomed economic stimulus package announced by the government to spur economic growth and build a self-reliant and resilient India. It has also welcomed measures with respect to liquidity infusion in NBFCs, contractors and realty along with the reduction of TDS/TCS rates which would ensure increase liquidity in the hands of common man thereby making way for increased demand.

 

Director-General of SCOPE Atul Sobti said that the thrust given to various sectors through the economic stimulus would go a long way in bringing the economy back on a growth trajectory. “The government continues its responsibility towards migrants and the poor, the financial and other measures to MSMEs would play a significant role in boosting the Make in India initiative thereby making the country self-reliant on varied aspects. The impetus to MSMEs shall play a special role for the public sector as PSEs make 25% of its procurements from the said sector,” said Sobti.

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SCOPE organises Webinars on Public Sector Day

By IndianMandarins 13 Apr 2020

At the time of COVID-19 outbreak when everyone is advised to stay back indoors, SCOPE for the first time has organised Webinars on the occasion of Public Sector Day on April 10, 2020. Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) planned its program in such a way that several Webinars were organised that were relevant to PSEs.

Speaking on the occasion secretary department of public enterprises Shailesh in his message commended efforts made by PSEs in the socio-economic development of the country and their contribution to supplementing the government efforts to contain COVID-19 outbreak. He also complimented SCOPE for its capacity building to embrace excellence in PSEs and complementing PSEs efforts in this challenging time.

In the series, two Webinars on “International EPC contracting: A Legal Perspective” by Shourav Lahiri, Barrister-at-law, London and “Climate Change-Role of Indian PSUs and Impact of COVID-19” by Dr. Ashish Chaturvedi, India Director of GIZ Germany have been organized. Many Webinars on various subjects are being planned in the coming days.

Rakesh Kumar CMD, NLC India Ltd. and Chairman, SCOPE; Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and SCOPE Board Members S. Sakthimani, Director (Finance), CCI; Ashutosh Vasant, Director (POM) RailTel and S.P. Mohanty CMD, HIL  besides many senior officials were present during the webinars which saw the participation of over 200 attendees from various PSEs.

Sobti, DG, SCOPE, said that this was the very first-time SCOPE has conducted such virtual conferences and symposiums as every Crisis can also be seen as an opportunity. He added that SCOPE will continue to bring the best learning experience to its members by merging technology and capacity building process. Sakthimani said that this was for the first time that SCOPE has conducted such virtual conferences and symposiums. Every crisis can also be seen as an opportunity adding that SCOPE will continue bringing the best learning experience to its members by merging technology and capacity building process.

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Chakraverty awarded for bagging highest value order

By IndianMandarins 16 Sep 2019

Rana Subhasis Chakravarty, Director (Marketing and Production), Heavy Engineering Corporation, was awarded the prestigious "Eminent Engineer Award" by the Institution of Engineers Jharkhand State Centre on the 52nd Engineers Day celebration. Chakravarty was awarded for his Marketing turnaround of HEC wherein he and his Marketing team bagged orders which is highest in the last 8 years. Rana is also a Member of SCOPE Executive Board.

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SCOPE DG: Atul Sobti wins race

By IndianMandarins 13 Aug 2019

The four-member selection committee headed by former PESB Chairman Chewang Phunsog (Retd IAS:1972:J&K) selected Atul Sobti (Former CMD, BHEL) as Director General of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE). The result was announced late evening today. He replaces Dr U D Choubey who completed his ten years long term on July 31, 2019.

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