My dear TCILians, my colleagues of many years and my dear friends

Today is an auspicious day for starting new things. The entire country is celebrating Ganesh Chathurthi, welcoming Lord Ganpati into their homes and lives. The skies are resounding with the rendition of GanpatiBappaMorya one of the most loved gods of India. So first of all I want to wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous Ganesh Chathurti.

Today is a very humbling day for me. As I step into the position of the Chairman and Managing Director of TCIL, I am reminded of my very first day at TCIL when I joined in 2015. The last four years have passed by very quickly. It has been an immensely empowering journey but as I take up the coveted role of CMD TCIL today, I am acutely conscious of the enormous task and responsibility that this position brings with it and the demands this is going to place on me at a personal and professional level.

Though most of you have worked with me at some point in time, I think it is important for me to tell you briefly about myself. I am Indian Telecommunication Service Officer of the 1982 batch. An alumnus of Delhi College of Engineering with a Post graduate Diploma in Management in Public Policy & Management from MDI, Gurgaon. Besides working in DoT & its many PSU’s, I had worked at TCIL on two previous occasions. One from 1994 to 1998 and the other from 2003 to 2008. Over the last four yearsmy journey as Director Projects has been extremely challenging and equally fulfilling. I have seen TCIL move from strength to strength and feel happy to have played a crucial role in the upward movement of TCIL.

At this juncture, I must express my heartfelt thanks to our previous CMD, ShASeshagiri Rao who set TCIL on a strong footing with an order book worth Rs. 16,000 crores. Several new and interesting initiatives have been taken up; we have started projects in 4 CLMV countries, set up office in Macedonia and USA, set up regional offices across three zones in India and much more. We are also one of the 7 PSU’s in India to receive approval for launching our IPO in the near term.

TCIL has achieved a turnover of Rs. 12608 Million during the year 2017-18 as compared to the previous year’s turnover of Rs. 12051 Million. The Profit after Tax was Rs. 461 Million as against previous year’s figure of Rs. 708 Million. The shortfall of profit is due to Rs. 204 Million dividend received from BHL, as against a dividend of Rs. 577 Millions in the year 2016-17.

TCIL is definitely poised for a period of unprecedented growth. We have a long way to go and the actual work starts now.

Colleagues who have worked with me know that I am a person who looks for quick resolution in every situation and likes to come to the point quickly. Today, as we begin TCIL’s growth journey together, I want to place before you a few powerful mantras which will guide us every step of the way.

The first is mutual respect and mutual cooperation. The quantum of work that we have taken up will need a powerful strategy, effective planning and unwavering worth ethics. Strong organisations are not built in a day and are not built by a single person or a single department. The only way an organisation can progress is by every employee of TCIL coming together, each one doing his duty to the best of his capability and above all working as one towards the desired goal. Please remember the age old saying, United we stand.

Secondly, we have always known that heedless self-interest is bad morals; we now know that it is bad economics. TCIL has come far from the days of stagnation and despair, but sustaining our present day position in the market is critical. Our present day gains have not been easy in coming. We have strived hard and won these orders under heavy challenges.When you are faced with a dilemma and you need to make a choice, please remember thesewords “ask not what your company can do for you—ask what you can do for your company”. If the company sinks, we all sink with it. It is our moral duty to keep the company afloat and it only takes a split second to take the right decision.

And my third point is change, which is happening in every sphere of life and at a frighteningly rapid pace. Never more than now, has there been a need to invest in yourself and upgrade your skills and capabilities. Enhance the person you are, sign up for free online courses; join an online group of learners. Please look for positive and constructive ways to expand your skill sets and your world view, and as you grow, so shall the organisation. We cannot hope to build an efficient and successful organisation with people who are negative, resentful and reproachful.

In the coming days, we are going to have to speedup the work at TCIL, and I will need the support of all TCILians. I specially call upon help from my esteemed colleagues, Director Technical ShKamendra Kumar ji and Director Finance ShNarendra Jain ji without whose support this journey will remain a mere fleck in the horizon.

My dynamic Heads of Division who have always brought me with new ideas and challenging projects and continued to hound me until I have agreed to get involved in the task. I now need you to please work arduously with your respective teams. The TCIL flag and its reputation depends on you more than anyone else.

Before I end, I am asking you to join me in taking a pledge to undertake the role assigned to each one of us with sincerity, dedication and cooperation. Together, we are committed to building a much stronger, faster and smarter TCIL than ever before. And in the words of the famous poet Robert Frost, “The woods are lovely dark and deep and I have miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep”.

Together we will make this journey worthwhile. Three cheers for TCIL. Thank you.