SCOPE in News

  • SCOPE welcomes Atmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 by Government to retrace economic growth

    12th November, 2020

    SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises), apex body of Public Sector Enterprises welcomes the slew of measures announced by the Government as part of Atmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 to retrace the economic growth of the country, which is already showing positive signs. Mr Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE said that while the country continues to effectively combat the pandemic, the stimulus announced shall provide further boost to employment, infrastructure, construction, manufacturing, exports and also promote positive business sentiments. He specifically complimented the Government in identifying additional 10 champion sectors for taking firm steps towards boosting manufacturing and also for incentivizing construction and infrastructure sector which would be beneficial for all including the public sector. He also commended the efforts of the Government in attaining significant progress so far under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan. DG, SCOPE concluded “SCOPE appreciates the Government efforts in balancing the people and commercial aspects necessary for development and economic growth.”
  • SCOPE AGM highlights renewed endeavours and launching of new initiatives

    15th October, 2020

    The 46th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) was chaired by Mr. Rakesh Kumar CMD, NLC & Chairman, SCOPE and attended by Mr. Kishor Rungta CMD, FACT & Vice Chairman, SCOPE; Mr. Atul Sobti DG, SCOPE; Mr. Agrim Kaushal, Economic Advisor, DPE; Executive Board Members of SCOPE and senior officials of member Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). The meeting was held through virtual as well as physical mode.

    The AGM highlighted renewed efforts of SCOPE to reposition as an Innovative, Impactful and Inspiring apex body of PSEs by exploring new opportunities and resolving concerns with the support of policy makers and concerned authorities. The AGM also saw a series of new initiatives undertaken by SCOPE especially during the current pandemic period by turning Crisis into Opportunity.

    During the AGM, SCOPE activities and the recent SCOPE Compendium release were presented virtually. A Knowledge Repository of SCOPE Webinar Series and their presentations conducted since lockdown, was also distributed along with the Annual Report.
  • SCOPE Pledges to fight against Corona

    12th October, 2020

    Pursuant to launch of nation-wide campaign to fight the ongoing pandemic by Hon’ble Prime Minister, employees of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), an apex body of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) in India pledged to follow COVID - Appropriate Behaviour.

    SCOPE has been working closely with the Government and PSEs to spread this low-cost high-intensity campaign with the key message to “Wear Mask, Follow Physical Distancing, Maintain Hand Hygiene.” Recently, SCOPE also brought out a Compendium highlighting the widespread initiatives undertaken by PSEs during the COVID crisis which was released by Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar in the presence of MoS Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal and Shri Sailesh, Secretary, DPE.
  • SCOPE Celebrates Gandhi Jayanti

    2nd October, 2020

    Celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi. On this occasion, Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE garlanded the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar releases SCOPE Compendium on PSEs Contribution amidst COVID-19

    30th September, 2020

    Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Information & Broadcasting and Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises released Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE)’s compendium ‘Building Self Reliant, Resurgent, Resilient India - PSEs Contribution Amidst COVID-19.’ Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal , Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Mr. Sailesh, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), Shri Atul Sobti, Director General SCOPE; Shri Rajesh K. Chaudhry, Additional Secretary, DPE; Shri Sanjay Kumar Jain, Joint Secretary, DPE were also present during the release.

    The Compendium is a tribute to the tireless efforts of PSEs in combating the pandemic and ensuring economic needs even in the toughest times. Compendium shall be a good reference book and offer valuable insights into the relentless efforts of PSEs.
  • SCOPE enunciates need for technological disruption in PSEs

    27th September, 2020

    Disruption in technology is the future of all industries, accelerating the need for automation of processes in organisations. To reckon the impact of the same, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised a webinar titled ‘Webinar on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for Business Automation’ with Deloitte. Ms. Priti Ray, Partner, Deloitte India; Mr. Prasad Godbole, Director, Deloitte India; Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE and Mr. Ashutosh Vasant, Director, RailTel addressed the participants. Over 800 participants including senior officials from Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) attended the webinar through SCOPE’s various platforms.

    Mr. Atul Sobti in his address stated that the pandemic has been a litmus test for business around the globe leading to rapid adoption of technologies at work. He added that in the upcoming days, a wave of technological disruptions like AI and RPA will ultimately transform the entire working system but suggested to carefully select processes to augment further.

    Deloitte team with Ms. Priti Ray and Mr. Prasad Godbole made a presentation and discussed the journey of Digital transformation around the globe highlighting the quantum and pace with which technology is changing at the moment. They further discussed the advantages and challenges of Automation and encouraged PSEs to adapt the same to be more efficient and globally competitive.

    Mr. Ashutosh Vasant in his address said that while the future for technological disruption is bright, the right enthusiasm and adaption of the same in PSEs can help them excel in the future.
  • SCOPE addresses Mental Health in its International Webinar

    27th August, 2020

    The manifestations of the pandemic have been aplenty, especially on mental wellbeing of everyone. To address concerns regarding this, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised its International webinar in association with Famhealth on ‘COVID Pandemic and its impact on Mental Health.’ The webinar was addressed by Prof. Stefano Pallanti, Stanford University, USA; Dr. Ranjana Verma, Maryland, USA; Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE; Dr. Amitabh Saha, Max Hospitals, India and Dr. Anjali Nagpal, CMD, Serenity Clinic, India. Over 1200 participants including senior officials of PSEs attended the webinar through SCOPE’s various platforms.

    Prof. Stefano Pallanti in his address highlighted the impact of the pandemic on mental health of individuals globally. He cited the urgency of looking at the virus as a major threat to the brain and the need for self assessment to overcome anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders in these crisis times.

    Mr. Atul Sobti in his address said that SCOPE, as the apex organisation of PSEs in India, will continue to address challenges faced by the workforce. He also said that after addressing physical health perspective in its previous webinars, SCOPE organised this webinar to seek counsel from global experts amidst unprecedented pressure on workforce and their families.

    Dr. Anjali Nagpal drew attention to the various challenges arising due to the sudden disconnect among individuals due to the pandemic. She also signified that we need to be alert and identify mental struggles being faced by our friends and family and reach out to them in times of need.

    Dr. Ranjana Verma spoke about the impact of the pandemic on young minds and the adverse effects of the disruption in the rhythm of everyday life on them. She reiterated the importance of creating confidence and reassuring children in times of crisis and seeking professional help as and when needed.

    Dr. Amitabh Saha in his address spoke about the biggest challenge being adjusting to the new normal mentally and gave tips to preserve mental wellbeing as the quantum of psychological stress was alarming and one of the worst seen in recent times.
  • SCOPE and ILO to undertake a joint study on Women Empowerment

    18th August, 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), apex body of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) and International Labour Organisation (ILO), a tripartite U.N. agency signed an understanding for a Joint Study on “Women Empowerment - Adoption of Work from Home Model”. Mr Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Ms. Dagmar Walter, Director, ILO Decent Work Team for South Asia and Country Office for India signed the understanding virtually.

    The key objective of the study is to analyse and train women in Public Sector in order to empower them and motivate them to aspire to positions of leadership and management by addressing challenges faced by them at work. The study succeeds an earlier study of SCOPE & ILO whereby a team of Network of Champions was developed to train women in Public Sector on different aspects.
  • Secretary, DST exhorts corporates in SCOPE Webinar to leverage digital disruptions to shape the future

    12th August, 2020

    As COVID acts as a key catalyst for acceleration of digital technologies, organisations need to leverage these disruptions as future will be increasingly digital. To offer an insight in the same, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised a webinar on ‘Digital Transformation in COVID 19.’ The webinar was addressed by Prof. Ashutosh Sharma,Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Mr. S.M. Vaidya, Chairman, IOCL, Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE, Mr. S. Sakthimani, Director (Finance), CCI, Mr. Sushant Rabra and Mr. Manas Majumdar, both partners in KPMG India addressed the meet. The Webinar was attended by over 2300 participants including senior official from Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) through SCOPE’s various platforms.

    Prof. Ashutosh Sharma in his address stated that the present era is of Industry 4.0 based on control of data, knowledge and wisdom and hence whoever is able to generate, control and build on data/ information shall succeed. He stated that it is imperative for organisations to assess their digital maturity and also where they want to reach so as to make most of the available opportunity to leverage digital tools. He also said that PSEs are strong pillars of the Indian economy and hence need to take advantage of latest technology, upskill and integrate business with emerging technologies so as to enlarge scope of organisations. Secretary, DST made a strong urge to the corporate sector to make optimal use of this clear and present opportunity to emerge stronger and skilled digitally.

    Mr. Vaidya appreciated SCOPE for organising the webinar on digital transformation. While emphasizing on the need of digital transformation, he also briefed how IOCL leveraged technology for both business and employees.

    Mr. Atul Sobti DG, SCOPE speaking about the digital journey stated that digital technology has broadened the horizon of business in the times of crisis. DG, SCOPE said that digital shall be the key even in post COVID times and hence the same needs to be leveraged by PSEs in order to be globally competitive. He highlighted three focus areas for PSEs in order to make most of the available opportunity – skilling, digital infrastructure and digitally enabled systems.

    KPMG team presented on Digital integration in organisations during COVID and how it has brought new opportunities and innovative technologies at the threshold of all organisations. They also highlighted how digital can be utilised for value realisation for organisations.

    While giving closing remarks, Mr. Sakthimani reiterated the fact that digital transformation is the requirement of the hour and hence all corporates should join hands to maximise this opportunity.
  • SCOPE and Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), USA launch study to develop Future Fluent Leaders in PSEs

    7th August, 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), apex body of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) and The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL),USA, engaged in learning and development with focus on effective leadership development, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct a study on ‘Developing Future Fluent Leaders in PSEs.’ The MoU was signed between Mr Atul Sobti, Director General SCOPE and Mr. Muniinder Anand, MD-India & South Asia, CCL.

    The MoU aims at conducting a study on assessing the prevailing leadership gaps and curating a learning module on developing effective and efficient leaders in the Indian Public Sector. The study shall adopt a qualitative and quantitative research methodologybased on responses and experiences of the present leadership which would be further analyzed to identify relevant skills, mind sets, and experiences for future-fluent PSE leader in India.
  • SCOPE organizes Webinar with ILO on employers’ response to pandemic

    6th July, 2020

    The quest for sustainable employment and creating a safe, equitable and dynamic workplace has accelerated amidst the ongoing pandemic. Offering insights into the same, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a webinar titled ‘ILO’s response to the pandemic - Learning and Sharing of Global Practices’ in association with International Labour Organisation (ILO). Ms. Dagmar Walter, Director, ILO DWT South Asia; Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE; Dr. R. K. Elangovan, DG FASLI, Ministry of Labour & Employment; Mr. Ravi Peiris, Senior Specialist, ILO; Mr. Tsuyoshi Kawakami, Senior Specialist, ILO and Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Director, Personnel, WCL addressed the meet. Nearly 500 participants including senior official from PSEs attended the webinar through SCOPE’s various platforms.

    Ms. Walter speaking about the global job scenario emphasised that the pandemic has affected both quality and quantity of jobs and measures taken to ensure worker protection, stimulate economic and labour demand; support employment and incomes and using social dialogue between government, workers and employers can only help overcome this crisis.

    Mr. Sobti in his address said that the present scenario is one of the toughest faced by employers and so there is an inherent need for everyone to have an optimistic approach and ensure worker safety while adapting to the ‘New Normal’. He also mentioned that SCOPE and ILO are working closely in bringing forth the issues related to labour and work.

    Mr. Peiris highlighted the importance of survival and resilience through social dialogue between employers and employees and signified the ability of adapting to change as the biggest asset for any organisation. He suggested employers to not only focus on the future but also the present, in order to succeed.

    Dr. Elangovan spoke about the need for detailed preparedness amidst the ‘New Normal’ and shared views on Pandemic Response Procedure that ensure safety and wellbeing of all stakeholders.

    Mr. Kawakami spoke about ILO’s guidelines with regard to securing health and safety at workplaces. Talking about causes of spread of the virus he gave practical tips like reducing human to human contact at workplaces and equipping workers with the appropriate equipment.

    Dr. Kumar stated that the key take away from the webinar was to acquire learning’s from the past and present to establish a futuristic organization.
  • SCOPE conducts International Health Webinar

    Dialogue with Globally Acclaimed Medical Experts from USA and India
    28th June, 2020

    Expanding its horizons in capacity building with an array of distinctive topics, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised its 11th webinar titled ‘Enhancing Corporate Health during Corona Virus’ with globally acclaimed medical experts from USA and India. Dr. Navin C. Nanda, Distinguished professor, Medicine & Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Alabama, USA, Ms. Mona Jauhar, Chief Functional Nutritionist, Founder President, Mechanism Wellness, New York, Dr. H.K. Chopra, President, World Wellness Foundation & Chief Consultant Cardiologist ,Moolchand Medicity Hospital, Mr. Atul Sobti DG,SCOPE and Dr. Anil Pareek, President, Medical Affairs and Clinical Research, IPCA addressed the participants. Around 2500 participants with their families joined in the interactive session LIVE through various platforms of SCOPE & IPCA. The webinar will also be telecasted on Tata Sky Famhealth channel for people to take continued benefit of the advice by medical experts Dr. Nanda, also known as face of Cardiology emphasised on Indians being at high risk of heart diseases. With the renewed risk factors amidst COVID times, he asserted the need for dietary management, good nutrition and physical activity to improve wellness of the heart. Calling sedentary lifestyle the new cancer, he advised all to be constantly on the move and base diets on plant based food.

    Dr. Chopra besides giving various health tips to fight corona stated that a positive mindset is the biggest weapon against the disease and therefore optimism is true prevention.

    Mr. Sobti stated that this crisis has brought awareness of health to the forefront and spoke about the paramount importance of overall wellness of employees at this time. He also highlighted the relentless support of Public Sector Enterprises during the crisis and assured the continued efforts of SCOPE in capacity building.

    Ms. Jauhar discussed the interconnectedness of the human body and gave tips to build immunity and resilience through eating right. She signified the impact of a good balanced and premeditated diet to achieve overall fitness of the body and mind. Dr. Pareek in his address encapsulated the salient points deliberated and suggested all to follow them for a healthy life.
  • SCOPE Webinar on Learning from Mahatma Gandhi on Public Service

    23rd June, 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, Mr. 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.

    Mr. 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.

    Mr. 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.
  • SCOPE Celebrates International Yoga Day

    21st June, 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), an apex body of Public Sector, held a virtual yoga session commemorating the 6th International Yoga Day on the theme ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family.’ Mr. Atul Sobti DG, SCOPE addressed the participants and emphasised that amidst these uncertain present times, practicing yoga can help achieve a fine balance in one’s life by creating harmony of mind, body and soul and therefore it should not be confined to a single day but be practiced regularly.

    Yoga Acharya Saurav Sameer of Holistic Yoga took the participants through several yoga and meditation practices to accentuate their health. SCOPE as part of employee welfare continues to organise regular yoga sessions.
  • Secretary, DPE inspires PSEs in SCOPE Symposium on Strategies to Respond, Recover and Thrive

    4th June, 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised its 9th Virtual Symposium on ‘CPSEs Strategies to Respond, Recover and Thrive to combat the pandemic’ chaired by Mr. Sailesh, IAS, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises. Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Chairman, SCOPE & CMD, NLCIL; Mr. Kishor Rungta, Vice Chairman, SCOPE & CMD, FACT; Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE; Mr. Arindam Guha, Partner, Government & Public Service, Deloitte India and Mr. Anandorup Ghose, Partner, Human Capital, Deloitte India also addressed the participants. The panellists deliberated on measures PSEs need to navigate through these challenging times. The interactive symposium received an overwhelming response with over 1000 participants including CMDs, Directors of PSEs in attendance on SCOPE’s social platforms.

    Mr. Sailesh while complimenting PSEs for sustaining the supply chain and essential services through the pandemic stated that there was need for up scaling their knowledge in the new normal through technology and digital intervention. Speaking about paradigm of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ introduced by the Government, Mr. Sailesh added that there were high expectations from PSEs to increase investment, innovate and stay relevant by competing not only domestically but globally. He also added that PSEs need to perform with their usual vigour and strength to thrive and also said that SCOPE has an important role in the aspect of representing the view of PSEs in various forums.

    Mr. Rakesh Kumar speaking about the large scale pandemic of COVID 19 suggested that PSEs have a key role to equip themselves and respond to this as a renewed opportunity.

    Mr. Atul Sobti said PSEs are working continually to respond and minimise impact of pandemic to thrive in the changing business models while leveraging technology and apprised participants that SCOPE will be bringing out a Compendium on ‘Efforts of PSEs to Combat COVID-19’ to highlight the initiatives taken by them.

    Mr. Kishor Rungta said that such virtual symposiums are a great opportunity for PSEs to learn from experts and adapt the best practices in their organisations.

    The Deloitte team gave a presentation on the need for PSEs and organisations to be agile and adapt to the new normal while adopting new skill sets for the entire workforce. They also highlighted that it is most critical for organisations to be resilient.
  • SCOPE Webinar with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

    25th May, 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in a bid to infuse positivity and mental well-being among Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) during this pandemic situation, hosted an interactive Webinar with one of the world’s most revered spiritual leaders and founder of The Art of Living, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Chief Executives of leading PSEs including Shri Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Chairman, SAIL; Shri Pramod Agrawal, CMD, CIL; Shri Rakesh Kumar, CMD, NLCIL and Chairman, SCOPE; Dr. Nalin Shinghal, CMD, BHEL and Shri Manoj Jain, CMD,GAIL. The webinar was hosted by Shri Atul Sobti DG, SCOPE. The Session titled ‘Leading through Unchartered Waters’ aimed at bestowing spiritual guidance and achieving mental wellness in these times of isolation. The live streaming of the interaction was viewed by many through social media platforms of SCOPE and Art of Living. The interactive session was followed by Global Meditation session with devotees from 142 countries.

    Reaching out to his viewers in his reflective style, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar infused anecdotes to reiterate that the biggest challenge was to remain positive in these times of crisis. He emphasized on meditation for harmonizing body, mind and emotions and the importance of cooperation among all. He advised PSEs to skill the youth in the country, create employment opportunities and update themselves to be globally competitive. He also encouraged everyone to adapt a ‘Sakaratmak’ mode and rise to the occasion rather than succumbing to it.

    Shri Atul Sobti DG, SCOPE while thanking Guruji for the blessed interaction highlighted the role of PSEs in the economy and their efforts in times of crisis and stated that this was the most cherished moment in SCOPE’s digital journey

    The Chief Executives on the panel asked pragmatic questions that were candidly responded to by Guruji who advised them to tread ahead with self-belief and perseverance as like any crisis faced by humans, this too shall pass.
  • SCOPE holds Webinar on Arbitration and Future of Virtual Hearings
    7th in SCOPE Webinar Series 2020

    23rd May, 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex body of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) organised Webinar on ‘Issues in Arbitration and Future of Virtual Hearings.’ The webinar was addressed by distinguished experts including Justice Vibhu Bakhru, Judge, Delhi High Court, Mr. Gaurav Pachnanda, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court and Mr. Shourav Lahiri, Barrister-at-law, London. Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE gave the opening remarks and Mr. Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), Airport Authority of India gave the closing remarks . The webinar, 7th in the series, deliberated upon critical issues of arbitration arising in Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) and how the disruptions due to COVID 19 are being converted as opportunities to explore technological and digital means to conduct hearings. The interactive session received an overwhelming response as over 500 participants including board members, Legal heads and other senior members of PSEs attended. Participants were also apprised about the role of SCOPE Forum of Conciliation and Arbitration (SFCA) in institutional arbitration.

    Justice Vibhu Bakhru in his address stated that law metamorphosises 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 emphasised that for arbitration to succeed as one of the modes of dispute settlement, institutions like 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.

    Mr. Pachnanda spoke about how law in India has developed with respect to unilateral appointment of arbitrators. Speaking about virtual hearings, he said the true challenge lies in the context of trials and lawyers will require both time and practice to become comfortable with it.

    Mr. Lahiri in his address spoke 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.

    Mr. Atul Sobti in his address highlighted that India has improved in Ease of Doing Business rankings as Government has taken a series of steps to make India an investment hub but steps need to be taken in area of enforcing of contracts. He also spoke about SFCA’s role and future of arbitration through virtual arbitration.
  • SCOPE holds interactive webinar on Financial Planning and Liquidity Management 6 Webinar in 6 weeks

    14th May, 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex body of PSEs organised its 6th Webinar on ‘Financial Planning and Liquidity Management in Current Pandemic Scenario’ with eminent experts from KPMG to address the concerns and need for effective financial planning and liquidity management. The interactive webinar saw the participation of over 300 PSE executives including CMDs and Directors.

    The webinar was addressed by Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE, Mr. Kishor Rungta, CMD, FACT & Vice Chairman, SCOPE and Mr. A.K. Tiwari, Director (Finance), GAIL. KPMG team comprising of Mr. Venkateswaran Narayanan, Partner, KPMG India and Mr. Shamit Mukherjee, Partner, KPMG India presented the initiatives of the Government to ease liquidity for the corporates and along with possible corporate behaviour and planning that can help the achieve effective financial planning with liquidity. They highlighted how the top management should follow good discipline with respect to cash, capital, cost and customer to ease liquidity pressures on their companies

    In his address Mr. Atul Sobti complimented the PSEs in being committed to the nation to overcome the current crisis. He added that the webinar is very timely given the stimulus package announced by the Government to manage corporate liquidity. He further said that while the given situation is a pandemic but with efficient planning and management, organisations can strike a balance in optimising operations and use of resources.

    Mr. Rungta spoke about the handholding role being played by the PSEs and the need to not focus on maximising profit but minimising loss by all organisations. Mr. Tiwari in his closing remarks appreciated SCOPE in addressing the subject in a timely manner and urged the public sector to focus on relationships and then profit.
  • SCOPE hails the impetus to Businesses & MSMEs in the economic package of INR 20 lakh crores to make ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ for retracing economic growth

    13th May, 2020

    SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises), apex body of Public Sector Enterprises welcomes the economic stimulus package of the Government to spur the economic growth and build a self-reliant and resilient India.

    Mr Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE while appreciating the commitment of the Government 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. “While 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.” DG SCOPE added.

    SCOPE also welcomes measures with respect to liquidity infusion in NBFCs, contractors and realty along with reduction of TDS/TCS rates which would ensure increase liquidity in the hands of common man thereby making way for increased demand.
  • SCOPE conducts webinar on Future of Work

    5th in SCOPE Webinar Series 2020
    30th April 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex body of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) successfully organised Webinar on Future of Work in the New Normal (CPSE Perspective)’ in association with Deloitte. The webinar, 5th in the series of SCOPE Webinars, aimed at making various strategies that organizations would need from a people and process standpoint to ensure they thrive in the present situation of COVID 19 and thereafter. Special e-issue of SCOPE’s monthly magazine Kaleidoscope encompassing PSEs contribution to economy and the role being played by them in Fight against COVID 19 was released on the occasion.

    The webinar was addressed by Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Mr. Sunil Kumar, Director (HR&EB),MTNL, Mr. Ankur Walunjkar, Partner, Human Capital and Mr. Pratik N. Mehta, Partner, Human Capital, Deloitte India presented the role of virtual office spaces in the present times and also discussed the need for organisations to revisit their work, employee relevance in digital workspace, alternative workplace models, work from home policies and requirement of new skill sets required by employees. The webinar received an overwhelming response of over 500 participants including several senior members of the Public Sector fraternity.

    Mr. Atul Sobti in his address highlighted that every challenge presents with a new opportunity which can be replicated in the present crisis. He also added that while Work from Home may become the new normal in times to come, but there would be equal number of challenges associated. However, by developing nimble and agile operating models and adopting new ways of working, the same can be resolved.

    Mr. Sunil Kumar complemented SCOPE for conducting webinars on subjects most relevant to PSEs and highlighted the need for organisations to be agile in adopting the new work forms.
  • SCOPE holds interactive webinar with Ministry of Corporate Affairs on Business Continuity measures

    26th April 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex body of public sector enterprises (PSEs) in continuation of its endeavour for creating a conducive policy and business environment for PSEs organised an interactive webinar with Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) on ‘Ease of Doing Business Initiatives & Business Continuity Measures undertaken by MCA during COVID19’. Mr. Manoj Pandey, Joint Secretary, MCA interacted with participants on steps taken to sensitise and facilitate corporates to meet the challenges arising out of COVID 19 besides new initiatives to make business in India corporate friendly and simplified. The webinar was also addressed by Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Chairman, SCOPE & CMD, NLC, Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Mr. S. Sakthimani, Director (Finance) CCI. The webinar was attended by over 260 participants including several senior members of the public sector fraternity.

    Mr. Manoj Pandey highlighted the business continuity measures of the Government during the lockdown in the form of virtual offices, regular interactions with industrial bodies, use of online platforms to handle grievances etc. During the presentation, he also highlighted the Government initiatives to provide a simplified business platform to corporates. He explained the use of new Web form - Spice+ whereby multiple compliances for registration are done through a single window system, electronic filings and settlement through e-office etc.

    Mr. Rakesh Kumar in his address to the participants said that the global slump in demand and limited resources can decelerate growth and PSEs role therefore becomes important. He also said that Government’s constructive role and investor friendly schemes can help the country become a preferred destination for investment. He also encouraged PSEs to adapt innovative platforms like digitalization and utilize opportunities like these webinars to progress their learning.

    Mr. Atul Sobti in his address expressed the significance of rising virtual platforms which offer greater access to a wider audience and a great opportunity. Taking cue from Hon’ble Prime Minister, he said that this pandemic has taught us to be self-reliant and self-dependent and PSEs can play a vital role in the country. Mr. Sobti also said that India has achieved a significant leap in Ease of Doing Business rankings with the efforts of the Government and PSEs must make best use of the facilities offered.

    Mr. S.Sakhthimani said that while COVID is a global pandemic, it offers multiple opportunities to PSEs for excellence in performance.
  • SCOPE organises webinar on “Economic Impact of COVID-CPSEs Perspective”
    3rd webinar of SCOPE Webinar Series 2020

    21st April 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised the 3 rd webinar of the SCOPE Webinar Series 2020 titled ‘Economic Impact of COVID- CPSEs Perspective’ with Deloitte as knowledge partner. SCOPE has recently introduced live webinars on relevant topics imperative for capacity building of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). Based on the overwhelming response, SCOPE will continue to host webinars to enhance competitiveness in PSEs.

    Mr. Kishore Rungta, CMD, FACT and Vice Chairman, SCOPE and Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE also addressed the webinar that was attended by over 250 participants including several senior members of PSEs. Deloitte team comprised of Mr. Romal Shetty, President, Consulting and Mr. Nitin Kini, Partner who addressed implications, opportunities and Issues for PSEs with regard to COVID, how to strengthen India’s position as a strategic export , supply chain partner and shared practices adopted by SOEs around the world.

    Mr. Kishor Rungta said that organisations need to adopt the latest trends to stay adrift in times of crisis and PSEs always formulate strategies to face any crisis which has helped them in playing a major role in the economy. He also encouraged the attendees to take maximum benefit of these webinars as they provide a great learning opportunity.

    Mr. Atul Sobti stated that COVID 19 is bringing a major change in business models globally. He emphasised that organisations that expeditiously change and adopt the new formats are the ones that will emerge stronger and added that SCOPE will continue to host webinars on specific topics that are most relevant in present environment.
  • SCOPE rolls out Webinar series for capacity building to mark Public Sector Day 2020

    11th April, 2020

    Secretary, DPE commends PSEs efforts in socio economic development of the country, compliments SCOPE
    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) for the first time organized Series of Webinars as part of Public Sector Day celebrations which was observed on 10th April 2020. In light of the pressing situation due to COVID 19 pandemic, SCOPE has planned modified programmes, part of which are the series of live webinar on issues relevant to Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). On the occasion of Public Sector Day, Mr. Sailesh, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) in his message, commended the efforts of PSEs in socio-economic development of the country as well as their contribution in supplementing the Government efforts to contain COVID 19 outbreak. He also complimented SCOPE for its capacity building programs to enhance excellence in PSEs and complementing PSEs efforts in this challenging time.

    In the series, two Webinars on “International EPC contracting: A Legal Perspective” by Mr. 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.

    Mr. Rakesh Kumar CMD, NLC India Ltd. and Chairman, SCOPE, Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and SCOPE Board Members Mr. S. Sakthimani, Director (Finance), CCI, Mr. Ashutosh Vasant, Director (POM), RailTel and Dr. 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.

    Mr. Rakesh Kumar, while greeting everyone on Public Sector Day encouraged them to take these webinars as a learning opportunity and commended them for participating in large numbers.

    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 bring the best learning experience to its members by merging technology and capacity building process.
  • SCOPE Employees donate one day’s salary to PM CARES Fund

    8th April, 2020

    Employees of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex organisation of Public Sector Enterprises in India contributed their one day salary to the PMCARES Fund, to combat the COVID 19 epidemic. It is the privilege of SCOPE to partake in the nation’s resolve to overcome the biggest calamity of recent times.

    As responsible corporate citizens, Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) have always remained at the vanguard to respond effectively to national priorities. Even during this ongoing crisis, PSEs stand committed and have come forward to supplement the efforts of the Government. SCOPE is working closely with its member enterprises to compile initiatives taken by them and bring to forefront their imperative contribution.
  • SCOPE welcomes slew of measures by Government of India addressing concerns of
    all stratas amidst COVID 19

    27th March 2020

    SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises), apex body of Public Sector Enterprises welcomes the proactive steps by the Government and RBI to address the financial and economic stress created on industry and common man due to the Corona Virus breakout.

    Mr Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE said that the Government of India is coming out with timely measures so as to ensure no undue stress is created on any part of the society. He added that easing of compliance deadlines, rate cuts and extension of moratorium will ease out some of the financial pressures while deferment of interest on working capital loans shall bring immediate relief to the industry and reduction of CRR shall increase liquidity in the economy.

    SCOPE also appreciated the relief announced by the Government for weaker section of the society and reiterated that the insurance cover to the frontline COVID 19 warriors is a gratitude for their selfless ‘seva’ at this critical time. “While the Government continues to make sincere attempts to minimise concerns in the present crisis, it is the moral responsibility of the public at large to follow the lockdown and ‘stay at home’ to fight the deadly Virus”, DG SCOPE added.
  • SCOPE program on Management of Contract Labour

    3rd March 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), an apex body of PSEs, organized a program on ‘Management of Contract Labour, Compliance of Labour Laws with special reference to Code of Wages 2019’. Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment inaugurated the program. Shri Heeralal Samaraiya, Secretary (L&E), Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE, Shri Ravi Peiris, Senior Specialist, ILO and Shri Inderjit Singh, Former Chief Labour Commissioner also addressed the participants during the inaugural session..

    In his inaugural address, Shri Gangwar spoke about the initiatives taken by the Government to simplify and transform labour laws in the country. He emphasized that not seeing labour as a commodity will result in reduction of labour disputes and enhance economic growth and better working conditions in the country.

    Shri Samaraiya spoke about the need for safeguarding workers in the country. He added that simplified labour laws will enable right to minimum wages, timely payment and social security to majority of the working population of the country.

    Shri Sobti said various reforms, policy initiatives taken by the government has led to India’s improved ease of doing business ranking to 63 from 114 for the year 2014. The ongoing labour reforms will further improve this ranking.

    The program saw the presence of a large number of representatives from 32 PSEs.
  • Effective Arbitration Key to International Trade

    14th February 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a program on International Arbitration and Global Best Practices at SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi. Shri Shourav Lahiri, renowned international arbitration lawyer, Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Dr. S.B. Mitra, ED (Law & HR), GAIL addressed the participants. The seminar was attended by several senior executives of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) and empanelled arbitrators of SCOPE Forum of Conciliation and Arbitration (SFCA).

    Speaking at the seminar, DG, SCOPE said Arbitration plays a major role in making a country an investment hub as faster resolution of disputes can help achieve investor confidence. He emphasised that with the increased volume of International trade, PSEs need to constantly update their knowledge of International arbitration.

    Shri Lahiri shared Global Best practices in drafting, preparing and winning arbitration and encouraged the participants towards understanding and adopting settlements before going to arbitration to save time and resources.

    ED (Law & HR), GAIL shared his view on the need to understand and learn from Global best practices to efficiently overcome the challenges in the field of arbitration.
  • SCOPE for Empowerment of Women employees

    11th February, 2020

    Forum of Women in Public Sector (WIPS) under the aegis of SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises) organized the 30th National Meet in Hyderabad on the theme ‘Power to Transform- Decision to Action’ for Public Sector women employees. The program was inaugurated by Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Hon’ble Governor of Telegana in the presence of Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE, who also delivered the keynote address.

    The program was attended by more than 600 women employees from PSEs located across the country. In her address, Dr. Soundararajan commending the role of WIPS said women born with the inherent power to transform into different roles all through their life must also prioritize their health and well being to attain ideal work-life balance.

    Mr. Sobti in his address stated that empowerment of women has gained top priority across the globe and though women constitute a significant part of the labour force in India, efforts need to be made to escalate their representation, especially at senior level positions.
  • SCOPE holds Strategic Meet on Scientific Social Responsibility

    SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises) organized a strategic meet of Senior Management of Central Public Sector Enterprises with Shri Ajit Seth, IAS (Retd.), Distinguished Fellow, Office of Principal Scientific Adviser and Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology at SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi. Shri Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE also addressed the meet. The participants deliberated on ways PSEs can contribute in inculcating Scientific Social Responsibility and developing linkages between science and society by providing technical and scientific solutions. CMDs and Directors of major PSEs attended the meeting.
  • Public Sector’s role imperative in making Budget 2020 a reality: SCOPE

    4th February, 2020

    SCOPE organized program on “Implications of Union Budget 2020” to familiarize Public Sector executives about the Budget, which was also Webcast live. Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE, Mr. S.K. Gupta Director (Finance), IOCL ,Prof. N.R. Bhanumurthy of National Institute of Public Finance & Policy and Mr. Sumit Singhania, Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP. addressed the inaugural session.

    Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE in his address appreciated Government’s strong impetus to both investment and consumption - the key drivers in boosting the economy. Calling the budget inspirational, Mr. Sobti said the focus on all sectors has given Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) a more imperative role in contribution to the overall economy.

    Mr. Gupta, Director (Finance), IOCL laid emphasis on Direct and Indirect Taxes as tax management is a very important topic leading to savings in organisations.

    Prof. Bhanumurthy gave the macro perspective of the Budget and said that it addressed several issues while aiming to make India $5 trillion economy. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP., the knowledge partner of the program gave presentations on various aspects of Union Budget 2020 during the program, which was attended by a large number of senior officials of PSEs.
  • SCOPE pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation

    30th January 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a programme on ‘Ethical Governance: The Gandhian Way’ coinciding with 72nd Martyrs’ Day.

    On this occasion, floral tribute was paid to Mahatma Gandhi by Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE, Smt. Shobhana Radhakrishna, Eminent Gandhian, Dr. H.K. Chopra, Chief Cardiologist, Moolchand Medcity and Mr. Atul Srivastava Director (Personnel), SAIL. They spoke on Gandhian philosophy and ideals, still relevant in today’s time. Special Issue of SCOPE’s monthly magazine KALEIDOSCOPE titled ‘Ethical Governance: The Gandhian Way’ was also released on the occasion. Large number of senior executives from public sector enterprises attended the programme.
  • SCOPE Developing Effective Managers in Public Sector

    27th January 2020

    SCOPE Academy of Public Sector Enterprise (APSE) has commenced the Executive Development Program on the theme “The Career Journey to Personal Effectiveness and Leadership’’ at SCOPE Minar, New Delhi. Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises) inaugurated the program. Participants from 14 public sector enterprises are attending the program.

    Mr. Sobti in his inaugural address informed that the long term vision of the SCOPE Academy is to create a talent pool and a PSE cadre of its own for better succession planning. He emphasized that corporate executives must understand current market and operational challenges and avail the emerging opportunities in transforming existing capabilities into competitive advantage in order to create value for their organizations.

    DG, SCOPE said business organizations operating in the competitive environment have to devise and execute competitive strategies to survive and grow. This capacity is contingent on their ability to invest, develop and utilize human capital which is now widely regarded as the primary driver of organizational performance, Mr. Sobti added.
  • Directors (Finance) of PSEs Interactive Meet at SCOPE

    7th January, 2020

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized an interactive meet of Director (Finance) of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). The meeting was chaired by Director General, SCOPE, Mr. Atul Sobti while Director (Finance), Cement Corporation of India Ltd. and Executive Board Member, SCOPE Mr. S. Sakthimani presented the program perspective and Director (Finance), Projects & Development India Limited and Executive Board Member, SCOPE Mr. D. S. Sudhakar Ramaiah proposed the Vote of Thanks. Director (Finance) NTPC, Mr. A. K. Gautam, Director (Finance) BHEL, Mr. Subodh Gupta, Director (Finance) SAIL, Mr. Amit Sen, Director (Finance) IOCL Mr. S. K. Gupta were amongst the people who participated in the meet.

    Financial issues and concerns along with best practices in financial management were discussed in the meeting. Also, a brief presentation was made on Pre Budget Memorandum submitted by SCOPE (basis inputs received from various PSEs) to the Hon’ble Finance Minister. SCOPE’s initiative to organise such meetings was highly appreciated by the participants and unanimous request was made by the participants to hold such meetings at regular intervals. The meet was attended by over 40 Finance Heads of leading PSEs.
  • India poised to be the global hub of Arbitration- MoS, HI&PE at SCOPE National Seminar on Arbitration

    20th December, 2019

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a national seminar on Challenges & Management of Arbitration which was inaugurated by Minister of State for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises & MoS, Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal. Former Secretary, Law, Shri P K Malhotra; Director General, SCOPE, Shri Atul Sobti; Mr. Sunil Kumar, CMD, MTNL and Dr. S B Mitra, ED (Law & HR), GAIL also addressed the inaugural session. On this occasion, the hon’ble minister also released Special Issue of SCOPE’s KALEIDOSCOPE magazine on Arbitration.

    In his inaugural address, Shri Meghwal said that Arbitration & Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015 and 2019 by the Government of India are clear indications of the Government’s vision to make India a hub for arbitration. He congratulated SCOPE for conducting the seminar and urged Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) to create more effective arbitral mechanism which would also help India in further improving its ease of doing business ranking.

    Former Secretary, Law in his keynote address advised to expedite arbitration procedure and expressed his pleasure about inclusion of arbitration in contracts of PSEs. He also said that institutional arbitration should be given more importance than ad-hoc arbitration and for that to happen we need to increase the confidence of corporate.

    DG, SCOPE in his address expressed concerns on number of pending cases and said that arbitration can not only save time but also money of PSEs. SCOPE Forum for Conciliation and Arbitration (SFCA), he added, is an apt, cost & time efficient platform for PSEs to pursue their arbitration and conciliation matters. He also said that enforcing contract is key concern for PSEs.

    CMD, MTNL proposed the Vote of Thanks and highlighted the growing challenges in the field of arbitration. Dr. Mitra presented the program perspective.

    The seminar was attended by over 80 senior executives from 30 PSEs.
  • Government Urges PSEs to accelerate Climate Change Mitigation

    17th December, 2019

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in collaboration with GIZ, Germany (A German public benefit federal enterprise) organized a national seminar on Climate Change. The seminar was inaugurated and addressed by Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change. Other key speakers in the inaugural session included Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE, Dr. Julie Reviere, Country Director, GIZ India, Mr. Kelvin Sergeant, Senior Specialist, ILO, and Mr. Ashutosh Vasant, Director (POM), RAILTEL. This comes at a time when the Indian Government is poised to play a leading role in mitigating global climate change crisis.

    The Seminar saw a host of sessions on understanding Indian Climate Change Policy & International negotiations; low carbon growth and decarbonization of key sectors; carbon pricing and carbon finance among many other interesting topics. PSEs are adapting to new ways of business in the changing ecological balance of the world, adapting new technologies to not only ensure it's sustainability but also act as a role model for society to deal with climate change and saving planet earth for future generations.
  • SCOPE to promote apprenticeship in Public Sector

    11th December, 2019

    A joint declaration for Promotion & Expansion of apprenticeship in Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) was signed and exchanged between Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and Ms. Sunita Sanghi, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in the presence of Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Minister, MSDE; Mr. R. K. Singh, Minister of State, MSDE & MoS (I/c), Ministry of Power; Dr. K.P. Krishnan, Secretary, MSDE and Mr. Sailesh, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises (DPE). The joint declaration took place at a National Seminar held to spread awareness and participation in apprenticeship programme organized by MSDE in collaboration with SCOPE and DPE.

    The aim of the declaration is to sensitize the benefits of National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) amongst PSEs for active participation and engagement of apprentices. SCOPE and MSDE shall work together toward maximizing the benefit of apprenticeship and also help DPE in creating a database in this regard. The seminar was attended by a large number of senior government officials and delegates from PSEs.
  • RTI is at the heart of Indian Democracy- Mr. Sudhir Bhargava, CIC

    December 6, 2019

    Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), Mr. Sudhir Bhargava interacted with the Chief and Senior Executives of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) on range of issues pertaining to recent provisions of the RTI Act and concerns in implementing the amended RTI Act. In his address to PSEs, CIC said that RTI is at the heart of Indian democracy and it facilitates people’s participation in governance. Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), Mr. Atul Sobti also addressed the gathering. While appreciating the act as the most progressive legislation, Mr. Sobti pointed out that PSEs need a level playing field in the current volatile business environment.

    Director (HR), NTPC and Member, SCOPE Executive Board, Mr. Saptarshi Roy; also presented his views on RTI Act. The interaction was organized by SCOPE which saw the presence of a large number of representations from 43 PSEs.
  • SCOPE & ICSI Create Awareness on Recent Changes under the Companies Act

    December 3, 2019

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in association with The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) organized an Interactive Program on “Recent Changes under the Companies Act 2013”. Mr. Ranjeet Pandey, President, ICSI, Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Mr. S. Sakthimani, Director (Finance), CCI addressed the inaugural session. The session was attended by a large number of senior executives from over 50 public sector enterprises from across the country.

    Mr. Ranjeet Pandey, President, ICSI discussed the way process for good corporate governance in PSEs. He focused on the usage of artificial intelligence in the compliance management as well as compliance monitoring.

    Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE mentioned that the new Companies Act makes the corporate model citizens of the country with equal importance to ‘good’ profit and governance. He outlined that amendments in the Companies Act attempts to strike a balance between ease of doing business and corporate governance.

    Mr. S. Sakthimani, Director (Fin), CCI emphasized on rules and regulations relating to Companies Amendment Act, 2019 including independent directors.
  • SCOPE developing effective leaders in Public Sector

    11th November 2019

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a national workshop on ‘Succession Planning for Board Level Positions’ in Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), Mr. K D Tripathi inaugurated the workshop in the presence of Mr. M.K. Gupta, Member, PESB and Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE. The workshop was organized to develop an appreciation of the Challenges and Opportunities inherent in the Board level appointments in Public Sector in a Globally Competitive & Complex Environment and enhancing understanding of the selection framework for Board Level positions.

    Chairman, PESB while inaugurating the program said that the board is the most important part of an organization in order to meet its goal and objectives. Mr. Gupta while addressing the workshop said that integrity and over all competency are key for succession planning. Talking about future readiness, Mr. Sobti said that leadership readiness is the most important aspect of it.

    The two-day workshop was addressed by eminent speakers and attended by senior level executives of PSEs.
  • SCOPE promotes Health Awareness in Public Sector

    29th October 2019

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in order to promote health awareness about prostate cancer amongst the employees of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs), invited renowned oncologist, Padma Shri Dr. P. K. Julka at its headquarters. Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE welcomed Dr. Julka. Dr. Julka explained the cause, prevention and cure of Prostate Cancer with Public Sector employees.
  • SCOPE and GIZ, Germany join hands to work on Climate Change

    29th October 2019

    An MoU was signed between Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and Dr. Julie Reviere, Country Director (India), GIZ, a federal enterprise of the German Government, to work on climate change, carbon markets, Sustainable Development Goals and climate finance.

    The objectives of MoU seeks to align Public Sector Enterprises with the national mission of environment protection and enhance their capacities in various areas and approaches related to climate change including identifying alternatives for Single use Plastic. The MoU also seeks to explore possibilities of working with other Asian countries to exchange best practices and promote the cause of greener environment.
  • SCOPE and IOE, Geneva to work together to strengthen Sustainable Business Environment

    14th October 2019

    Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), Mr. Atul Sobti welcomed Mr. Roberto Saurez Santos, the Secretary General of International Organization of Employers (IOE), Geneva at SCOPE Headquarters. IOE is the representative of global employers in ILO, across the UN, G20 and other emerging forums advocating in the areas of business in social and employment policy. During the meeting, which was attended by senior representatives from Public Sector Enterprises, fruitful discussions were held on various employment and policy issues. SCOPE and IOE have mutually agreed to work in future on areas of common interests.
  • SCOPE pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

    2nd October 2019

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Nation at SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi. On this occasion, Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE garlanded the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and also planted saplings at SCOPE Headquarters.
  • SCOPE to actively promote the agenda of nation building- Hon’ble MoS, HI&PE and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal

    25th September, 2019

    Hon’ble Minister of State for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal was welcomed by Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) during his visit to SCOPE’s headquarters at SCOPE Complex, New Delhi. Shri Sobti apprised him about SCOPE’s activities, recent initiatives taken by it and the future plans.

    The Hon’ble Minister was appreciative of the new initiatives being taken by SCOPE and advised SCOPE to play an active role in promoting the agenda of nation building and explore new areas of capacity building through corporate governance, environment protection, areas of social upliftment, Research & Development etc.
  • SCOPE welcomes fiscal measures by Government to boost Indian economy

    20th September 2019

    SCOPE welcomes the announcement by Finance Minister to boost the Indian economy through various measures including reduction of Corporate tax rate and expanding list of CSR activities. Recent past has seen a series of progressive measures by government to ring positivity in the economy. SCOPE, the apex body of public sector enterprises, believes that the measure announced by the Government in terms of reduction in corporate tax rate is also likely to encourage investments in Make in India particularly in the manufacturing sector. This would lead to increased economic activity thereby creating employment opportunities.

    Further, SCOPE appreciates the significant move of the Government to expand list of CSR activities to include incubation centres funded by various agencies/ governments including Public Sector Undertaking and also include contributions to public funded educational institutions like IITs, Universities etc. This is in line with the thrust of the Government towards innovation, research and development.
  • Industry-Academia need to come together to serve the nation- Chairman, SCOPE

    18th September, 2019
    IIT Madras Research Park

    Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Chairman, SCOPE and CMD, NLC India Ltd. addressed the Technology Conclave: Vision New India 2022 on the theme Development for all through Technology organised by IIT Madras. Mr. Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon'ble MoS, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises inaugurated the conclave in the presence of Dr. Madhukar Gupta, Additional Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, Government of India and the IIT, Madras faculty.

    Chairman, SCOPE asserted the need for Industry and Academia to come together to bridge the skill gap of the talent and talent required by the industry. He pointed out that the ambitious plan of creating a new India through “Strategy for New India @ 75” could only be achieved if the younger generation is equipped with the necessary skills required in the current volatile market environment.

    The Chief Executives from various Public Sector Enterprises and other organizations also participated in varied panel discussions like role of CSR in technology, leveraging CSR funding for nation building etc.

  • SCOPE Network of Champions launched for empowerment of women in Public Sector

    16th September 2019

    In a major women empowerment initiative, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in association with the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched ‘Network of Champions’. Mr Atul Sobti, Director General SCOPE along with Ms. Dagmar Walter, Director-India, ILO awarded Certificates to twelve Champions from various sectors of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) thereby entrusting them with the responsibility of being ‘change agents’ to encourage gender diversity and address gender issues in their respective organizations.

    While addressing the participants, DG SCOPE raised concerns over reduction in proportionate employment of women in PSEs and said that this issue can be resolved by key aspects of ‘Attract, Retain and Engage’. He said that organizations need to change their mindset and utilize woman’s capability of team dynamism and multitask to the benefit of the organization and society at large. He opined that need of the hour is to strategise towards effective engagement of women at the work place thereby encouraging them to be efficiently employed. He reiterated that policies such as flexible working hours, matching job profile with requirement and aspirations of the women employees etc. would encourage women to effectively contribute to the organization. He concluded by saying that organizations need women more than women need organizations.

    The program perspective and preview was given by Mr. Ravi Peiris, Senior Specialist Employers’ Activities and Dr. Malika Basu, Consultant of ILO. The event was attended by senior officials and employees of PSEs, SCOPE and ILO.
  • SCOPE APSE starts it's 9th Executive Development Program

    29th August 2019, New Delhi

    SCOPE Academy of Public Sector Enterprises (APSE) has commenced the 9th Executive Development Program at SCOPE Minar, New Delhi. Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE inaugurated the program in the presence of Shri Ashok Bhat, Director, Mindshare HR Consultancy. Participants from 17 public sector enterprises are attending the program.

    Shri Sobti in his inaugural address stressed upon the need to prepare executives for the volatile and disruptive market environment. He also spoke on various management skills and traits that are required to excel in one’s professional career. DG, SCOPE opined that hard work, constant learning, thinking out of the box and behavioural aspect are four key parameters to become an asset for the organisation.

    SCOPE APSE has been conducting several Executive Development Programs. It has been set up to serve as a central institution to address the training needs of member PSEs.
  • SCOPE Developing Global Leaders in CPSEs

    22nd August 2019, New Delhi

    Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in collaboration with IIM Calcutta organized Advanced Global Leadership Program (AGLP) for top level executives of public sector enterprises. Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE inaugurated the program which was also addressed by Dr. Saugata Ray of IIM Calcutta. The program is being attended by senior level executives from thirteen organizations such as NTPC, Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, NMDC, REC, Oil India etc.

    Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE in his address said that AGLP is a flagship program of SCOPE which has been creating global leaders in public sector enterprises. The Program aimed at capacity building of leaders at strategic level who are responsible for accelerating industrial growth of CPSEs in a globally fast changing business environment.

    Mr. Sobti said there are challenges confronting the CPSEs today and we must proactively address them in order to keep our CPSEs competitive and in sound health. He urged CPSEs to identify strategic opportunities and risks, and steer the strategy execution process with focus on discipline and effectiveness.
  • SCOPE hails major announcements by the Government to boost economy

    SCOPE welcomes the measures that the Finance Minister has announced to boost the Indian economy. SCOPE, the apex body of public sector enterprises, is appreciative of the receptive outlook of the government as the announcement has addressed issues of most strained sectors including financial and manufacturing while keeping in its offering slew of benefits for individual and investors. The pronounced measures have attempted to strike a balance between investment and consumption which would push the economic growth further.

    The government has reiterated its focus on infrastructure growth, increasing foreign investment etc. and combined it with increased consumer spending by announcing passing of rate cuts to consumers, simplification of loans etc., indicating to an ascend in GDP numbers.

    Along with the banking sector the MSMEs have also received slew of fiscal stimulus in terms of fixed duration GST refunds, procedural one time settlement of loans, online tracking of loans etc. indicating a strong move towards strengthening the manufacturing sector in line with Government’s mission of Make in India.
  • Shri Atul Sobti appointed as DG, SCOPE

    SCOPE has approved the appointment of Shri Atul Sobti, new Director General, SCOPE. The appointment has been made based on the Selection Committee recommendation.

    Shri Atul Sobti has recently superannuated as CMD, BHEL.
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