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New Delhi,
10th September 2013

Dr. U.D. Choubey, DG, SCOPE Nominated on the Board of Governors of National Safety Council
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Dr. U.D. Choubey,  Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE),  has been nominated as a Member on the Board of Governors of the National Safety Council by the Govt. of India. for his  outstanding contribution in promoting excellence in the public sector enterprises.
 

New Delhi,
6th September 2013

SCOPE to Develop Global Leaders in CPSEs

 SCOPE, the apex body of PSEs, and Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C) jointly organized the prestigious 2nd Advanced Global Leadership Programme 2013 at SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi today.  Dr. Nitish Sengupta, Chairman, Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises (BRPSE), Mr. O.P. Rawat, IAS, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), Mr. C.S. Verma, Chairman, SCOPE & Chairman, SAIL and Dr. U.D. Choubey, Director General, SCOPE addressed the Programme which  is being attended by top and senior level executives from PSEs.

Dr. U.D. Choubey, DG, SCOPE in his address said that with globalization and opening up of the world markets, there is need to develop global leaders in  public sector.  He emphasized the need to align leader with the leadership development so that there is complete connectivity between the two which percolates downward in the company to help them compete at the global level.

Dr. Choubey said Indian Public Sector during  six decades of its existence have built a pool of talented dynamic leaders who have brought the PSEs to the forefront in the economic development of the country. He advised that learning from the western management should be adapted keeping in mind India’s environment and culture.

Mr. C.S. Verma, Chairman, SCOPE said dynamics of business are changing and so are the equations. In this environment, there is need to have a clear vision, acquire a global perspective and a dynamic approach to meet the challenges of globalization, and at the same time, lead the Enterprises successfully.Public Sector, over the years, has produced many great leaders for the country in tune with the Government policy of Economic Growth with Social Justice. He also emphasized the need of empowerment and level playing field for the Public Sector.

Mr. O.P. Rawat, Secretary, DPE said leadership is an ability to influence self by being right, authentic, innovative and effective and then to influence others. Leaders need to build their strength, capacities and capabilities to align with the vision of the organization.

Secretary DPE said that change has to be managed proactively. DPE is in the process of revamping the MoU system which will be PSU friendly, have realistic yet  challenging targets. The existing Guidelines on CSR, Corporate Governance and Role & Responsibilities of Independent Directors have been reviewed in line with the New Companies Act. Cabinet would soon consider the proposed reforms recommended by Roongta Committee and endorsed by the Group of Ministers, he added.

Dr. Nitish Sengupta, Chairman, BRPSE said, Public Sector is the pride of nation. During the two global crises which came in quick succession, public sector demonstrated tremendous performance. It did not reduce employment, did not reduce its production and in fact produced more and employed more and emerged as White Knights for the Government in meeting the crisis. The need of the hour is now to become global managers and in doing so one needs to constantly learn, unlearn and relearn, he added.

New Delhi
30th August 2013

SCOPE Organizes Programme on “Service Tax” for Senior Finance Executives of CPSEs

SCOPE, the apex body of PSEs, and The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI) jointly organized a programme on “Service Tax” today at SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi, which was attended by a large number of   senior Finance Executives of Public Enterprises.

Dr. U.D. Choubey in his message to the Programme said that “Service Tax” has emerged as a significant contributor to the tax revenue.  From a modest beginning in 1994, revenue from service tax has increased manifold and with the introduction of negative list of services, the revenue from this tax is likely to increase further in the coming years.

Dr. Choubey said with almost 30% share in the indirect tax revenue and with many new issues like reverse charge mechanism point of taxation, bundled services, declared services, a programme on “Service Tax” at this juncture to fully comprehend these issues is very much called for and is the need of the hour.  His Message was read by Mr. B.V.K.K. Rao, Adviser (Finance), SCOPE who also delivered the Welcome Address.

Mr.  S.R. Bhargave, Council Member and  Dr. A.S. Durga Prasad, Vice-President, The Institute of Cost Accountants of India, Mr. Subhash C. Agarwal, Director (Finance), Cement Corporation of India & former Chairman, Northern India of the Institute also addressed the participants. 

Mr.  Subhash Agrawal stressed the need for clarity in service tax areas especially when assesses have increased from 4000 in 1994-95 to 14 lakh in 2012-13.  Mr. Sanjay Bhargave outlined the theme of the seminar.   Dr. Durga Prasad congratulated SCOPE and The Institute of Cost Accountants of India for their efforts in organizing the programme. Ms. Nisha Dewan proposed the Vote of Thanks.

New Delhi,
23rd August 2013

SCOPE CONFERENCE ON TITLE FOR INTERNATIONAL TAXATION

 SCOPE, the apex body of PSEs, and Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) jointly organized a Conference on “International Taxation”  today at SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi today which was attended by a large number of senior Finance Executives of public enterprises.

Dr. U.D. Choubey, Director General, SCOPE in his message to the Conference said that the PSEs are recognized as the catalyst for growth. Empowerment to PSEs has contributed to these enterprises entering global forays by way of Joint Ventures, Overseas Acquisitions etc.  As many as 147 CPSEs out of 225 operating public enterprises either have foreign exchange earnings or foreign exchange expenditures.  To comprehend that tax implications as a result of global presence of CPSEs, the Programme on International Taxation is most relevant and is the need of the hour, he added.

Ms. Neeru Abrol, CMD, NFL and former Member of SCOPE Executive Board, Mr. K. Raghu, Vice President, ICAI, Mr. V.K. Gupta, Chairman, CMII & Central Council Member, ICAI and  Mr. B.V. K.K. Rao, Adviser (F&A) also addressed the Conference.

 

 Ms. Neeru Abrol, CMD, NFL  appreciated SCOPE for organizing such an important event on “International Taxation” keeping in view the growing importance and significance of the subject.  She hoped that the Conference would create adequate awareness among PSEs on the international taxation specially for those enterprises operating globally having either foreign exchange earnings or foreign expenditures.

Mr. K. Raghu, Vice President, ICAI  said that the Finance Executives of PSEs have a important role to play in view of the rupee falling and the subsequent turbulence in the economy of the country. He advised them to have short term and long term goals to navigate through this turbulent time. Mr. Raghu appreciated that the public sector contribution to the Indian economy is excellent and it showcases the accountability of the PSEs towards the tremendous growth of the  economy in the past.

Dr. Surinder Pal, Secretary, CMII proposed vote of thanks.



New Delhi,
July 26, 2013

SCOPE Chairman Urges PSEs Employees to adopt a Healthy and Disciplined Lifestyle to Combat Stress in Competitive Environment

SCOPE and World Wellness Foundation jointly organized a Seminar on “Heart & Diabetes Wellness Programme” for the benefit of the employees of public sector enterprises at SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi. Mr. C.S. Verma, Chairman, SCOPE & Chairman, SAIL along with Dr. H.K. Chopra, Chairman, World Wellness Foundation & Convener, SCOPE Health Committeeaddressed the PSE executives on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and manage stress in today’s competitive environment. 

Mr. C.S. Verma, Chairman, SCOPE in his address urged the employees of PSEs to adopt a healthy and disciplined lifestyle to combat stress in the fast changing competitive environment.  He said, today, Corporates are concerned about the health of its employees as their health has a direct impact on the turnover, productivity and performance of the organization.

Mr. Verma emphasized that Wellness Programmes are the need of the hour and health education is vital as it increases awareness about lifestyle diseases and its prevention.  In this endeavour, SCOPE would continue to organize many more such seminars and programmes across the country to reach out to each and every employee of the public sector.

Dr. H.K.Chopra, Chairman, World Wellness Foundation in his address informed that India is the world capital in diabetes and  is also going to become the world capital in heart diseases by 2015 because of malnutrition and wrong food habits of the people. He advised the participants to discipline themselves and take necessary precautions to avoid heart attacks and diabetes.

Dr. Chopra said that life style optimization is the need of the hour and the public sector enterprises should become the role model for others.  He advised for a regular exercise so that people do not fall victim to pre-mature bypass surgery.  

Other renowned  Speakers/Experts from Medical fraternity of international repute included Dr. Pradeep Nambiar, Chairman, Deptt. Of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, Moolchand Medcity & Rockland Hospital, Dr. Sarita Gulati, Sr. Consultant Cardiologist, Metro Heart Institute, Dr. Krishna C.K. Jr. Consultant, Critical Care, Moolchand Medicity and Dr. A.K. Khanna, Patron, World Wellness Foundation

The programme was preceded  by Heart, BP and Blood Sugar Checkup by a team of experienced medical practitioners in which a large number of  PSEs employees participated.

 

New Delhi,
July 23, 2013

Skill Development & Capacity Building of CPSEs

SCOPE, organized a Release Function of the Special Issue of its monthly magazine, KALEIDOSCOPE  on “Skill Development and Capacity Building of CPSEs’ at SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi today afternoon.

Mr.  O.P. Rawat, IAS, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises (DPE)  released the Special Edition of KALEIDOSCOPE during the function which was also addressed by  Mr. C.S. Verma, Chairman, SCOPE.   Mr. Dilip Chenoy, MD & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) made a presentation on “Leveraging the NSDC Skills Ecosystem for Training and Standards.” The function was attended by a large number of Chief Executives,  Directors and senior executives of CPSEs besides senior government officials.

Mr. C.S. Verma, Chairman, SCOPE and Chairman, SAIL in his address emphasized the need to focus on the training of the young population of the country. The demographic profile of India is changing making the country one of the youngest nations in the world. There lies a great opportunity to leverage the nation’s young human resource to help grow the country economically.

Chairman SCOPE said, India requires 347 million skilled manpower in the next 10 years. This is a daunting task as there is acute shortage of skilled manpower. Public sector enterprises can play a pivotal role in bridging this skill deficit in the country.

Mr. O.P. Rawat, Secretary, DPE in his address emphasized that skill development training should be broad based for developing trainer entrepreneurs in the country. These entrepreneurs should set up their own enterprises to train people all over the country and abroad. He said the world population is ageing and the advantageous demographic dividend India has should not only focus on meeting the domestic requirements but should cater to the world.

Secretary DPE also emphasized the need to integrate other factors such as health, hygiene, yoga etc with skill development to ensure overall development. He said that today’s youth is impatient and the policy decisions with respect to skill development needs to be quick to guide them in the positive direction to help them shoulder the responsibility towards nation and world at large.

 


SCOPE to take slew of measures to enhance PSEs’ effectiveness &contribution to nation’s growth

Kolkata, 8th June 2013: Chairman of the Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex body of PSEs in India, Mr. C.S. Verma, who is also Chairman, Steel Authority of India Ltd, today held a meeting of Chief Executives/Directors and senior executives of SCOPE member PSEs based in the eastern region to galvanise Central Public Sector Enterprises to overcome their constraints and emerge competitive so as to increase their contribution to the nation’s economy.

The meeting helped identify issues of concern in eastern region PSEs and unanimity emerged on charting out sustainable solutions for overcoming them. Mr.Verma, after taking over recently as Chairman, SCOPE, has taken the initiative of activating Regional Chapters of SCOPE to evolve a consensus and agenda of common issues affecting their performance and competitiveness.

He said the industry environment in the country is very dynamic and more functional and operational autonomy should be given to the PSEs to global competitiveness and thereby enhance their contribution to India’s growth.

Mr.Verma said that SCOPE would effectively act as “the voice of PSEs and would enhance its policy advocacy efforts in order to resolve the issues and concerns of PSEs at appropriate levels in government”. He emphasized the need to extend the “right enablers” for those PSEs which required to be turned around into profitable organizations.

SCOPE would undertake an international study on the functioning of effective PSEs in different countries and will develop the best model for PSEs in the country to keep pace with the changes taking place across the world, he added.

At the meeting, Mr.Verma said that the suggestion of setting up of a Public Sector Academy for leveraging the talent pool in the public sector for competency building of senior and middle level executives at the induction level shall be explored shortly. SCOPE would also provide a platform for information and knowledge sharing amongst PSEs in the areas of human resource, technology development, skill development, etc., to facilitate these enterprises to learn the best practices from each other to emerge globally competitive.

Chief Executives and other senior executives of PSEs present at the meet were of the opinion that SCOPE should emerge as a more effective voice of PSEs to take up issues of enhanced functional autonomy of PSEs. Some of the other issues which emerged during deliberations included professional functioning of the Boards, including the Independent Directors, succession planning, skill development in PSEs, pay related issues in PSEs, etc.

A large number of Chief Executives/Directors and senior executives of Eastern Region PSEs attended the meeting and deliberated on the issues being faced by these enterprises in the Eastern Region of the country.

There are 35 PSEs in the Eastern Region with a total turnover of Rs. 122,117.94 crore with a total employment of 2,80,484 persons.


16th May 2011

Dr. U.D. Choubey, DG, SCOPE Invited  to Chair
OECD Meeting  in  Seoul,   Korea


It has been honour to Dr. U.D. Choubey, Director General, Standing  Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) who has been invited by OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, France)  to chair during the  9th Meeting of Asia Network on Corporate Governance in State Owned Enterprises” being held in Seoul, Korea on 17-18th May 2011. Dr. Choubey is the only Indian representative who has been invited to chair a session in the forthcoming OECD event.
            This opportunity shall provide Dr. Choubey to share Indian perspective of recent initiatives taken in Public Sector Enterprises in India on Corporate Governance with special emphasis on role of Independent Directors and recent reforms in SOEs in India.


May 09, 2011                     SCOPE’s Special Drive for ‘CHILDREN OF LESSER GOD’

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex body of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs), has launched a Special Drive for those “sons and daughters of lesser God” who belong to  drop-outs, downtrodden and of deprived class in the age group of 10 to 20 years. The objective is  to prepare them to assimilate in the mainstream of the country’s economy when they reach the active period of their life in 20s and 30s. Dr. U.D. Choubey, Director General, SCOPE stressed that if immediate attention is not given under CSR, these “children of the lesser God” may pose serious and severe complex problem by way of resorting to un-permitted activities.  
            Dr. Choubey in a communication to Chief Executives of Public Sector Enterprises has urged that in order to promote further excellence in PSEs, they should  find ways and means and implement Special Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programmes for this critical mass of adolescents/emerging youths.  He said SCOPE has also written to the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), Ministry of HI&PE to advise all the PSEs to initiate CSR Programmes for these children.
The PSEs have been doing commendable job by undertaking CSR activities which has been well recognized and appreciated by one and all. They will now give more emphasis on CSR components and its execution for those Children of Lesser God.

SCOPE Workshop on Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) Network in PSEs


Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) has identified Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) as a key area and is establishing an OSH Network for promoting best practices among PSEs to enhance their performance and productivity.
SCOPE in collaboration with International Labour Organization (ILO) organized a Workshop on “Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) Network in PSEs” here today which coincides with the Annual World Day for Safety & Health at Work.  Dr. U.D. Choubey, Director General, SCOPE delivered the inaugural address while Ms. Ingrid Christensen, Sr. Specialist (OS&H), ILO spoke about significance of World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Mr. Gotabaya Dasanayaka, Sr. Specialist on Employers Activities, ILO gave the overall perspectives of the workshop while Mr. U.K. Dikshit, Director (Programmes), SCOPE was the workshop facilitator.
The workshop is being attended by about 30 nodal officers of PSEs responsible for Occupational Safety and Health areas in their respective enterprises.  
Photo Caption:
Dr. U.D.Choubey, Director General, SCOPE (centre) delivering the inaugural address at the SCOPE-ILO Workshop on “Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) Network in PSEs”. Sitting on his left is Ms. Ingrid Christensen, Senior Specialist (OS&H), ILO and on his left Mr. Gotabaya Dasanayaka, Sr. Specialist on Employers Activities, ILO.

10th APRIL IS PUBLIC SECTOR DAY

 

Public Sector Flag Released

Today, Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) stand tall establishing their credentials successfully first showing resilience after liberalization of Indian economy and now helping the country to maintain growth path during recent disturbing turbulence in world economy.  Some of the areas of achievements of CPSEs have been self-reliant growth, emergence as globally competitive enterprise, growing wealth creators, expanding beyond borders, setting up benchmarks in corporate governance practices and caring for people and environment for inclusive growth of the country.

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex organization of Public Sector Enterprises, in its pursuit to promote excellence and competitiveness of public enterprises and to apprise the public at large about the glorious history, achievements and remarkable performance of PSEs, for the first time in 2010 decided to observe 10th April as Public Sector Day which also coincides with formation day of SCOPE.

It is a matter of pride that the initiative of SCOPE to celebrate Public Sector Day assumes significance and has become a Red Letter Day in the history of PSEs.  This year, Public sector fraternity had a weeklong public sector day celebrations commencing on 10th April 2011.

President Graces Public Sector Day Celebration

Hon’ble President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil addressed the top echelons of India’s economic policy makers, Chief Executives, Directors and Senior Executives of PSEs who gathered for the Celebration of the 2nd Public Sector Day organized by Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) at Vigyan Bhawan, on 11th April 2011.

On the occasion, the President launched a Public Sector Flag signifying invaluable contribution made by PSEs in socio economic development of the country, harmony among them and exemplifying their shared goals, strength and ambitions as well as ideals.  With the release of the Public Sector Day Flag, the initiatives of SCOPE because a milestone in the history of the Public Sector.

Union Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Shri Praful Patel, Minister of State for HI&PE, Mr. Sai Prathap, Chairman, BRPSE, Dr. Nitish Sengupta, Secretary, DPE, Mr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Chairman, SCOPE Mr. Arup Roy Choudhury and Director General, SCOPE Dr U.D. Choubey  also addressed the participants.

Gold Trophies of the SCOPE Meritorious Awards in Specialized Fields were presented by the President. Mr. C.S. Verma, Chairman, SAIL received SCOPE Gold Trophy for Environmental Excellence, Mr. A.K. Datt, CMD, BEL for Corporate Governance, Mr. S. Roy Choudhury, CMD, HPCL Ltd for Corporate Social Responsibility,  Mr. B.P. Rao, CMD, BHEL for R&D, Technology Development; Mr. R.S. Butola, Chairman, IndianOil for Best Practices in Human Resource Management, Mr K.R. Kamath, CMD, Punjab National Bank for Best Managed Bank & FI; and, Mr. Lalit Kohli, MD, NSKFDC for Best Managed Section 25 PSE.

Commendation Certificates were received by Mr. G.B. Joshi, Director (Personnel), NMDC Limited for CSR, Mr. A.K. Singh, CMD, CMPDI for R&D, Technology Development and Mr. Satnam Singh, CMD, Power Finance Corpn for Best Managed Bank & FI.

The Chief Guest also presented SCOPE felicitation Trophies to the Chief Executives of existing Maharatna PSEs -  IOC, NTPC, ONGC & SAIL. Mr. R.S. Butola, Chairman, IOC, Mr. Arup Roy Choudhury, CMD, NTPC; Mr. A.K.  Hazarika, CMD, ONGC, and Mr C.S. Verma, Chairman, SAIL were felicitated.

The President also conferred coveted Maharatna Status to Coal India Limited.  Mr. N.C. Jha, CMD, CIL received the certificate while Neyveli Lignite Corpn was conferred Navratna Status.  Its CMD, Mr. A.R Ansari received the Certificate.  Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd was conferred Miniratna status and its CMD Mr. R.K. Tyagi received the certificate.


 

 

 
 
 
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