From Director (HR)'s Desk

Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra

“IndianOil has an incredible heritage of 60 years of devoted service to the nation and as we prepare for our future endeavours, we have to commit ourselves to be an inclusive organisation that is not only efficient and profit-making but also a humane face and a heart.”


Today, 3rd December, is being observed across the world as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Promoted by the United Nations since 1992, this special day seeks to enhance mass awareness and understanding on issues related to disability and to mobilise support for the well-being, dignity and rights of persons with disabilities.

Today, 3rd December, is being observed across the world as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Promoted by the United Nations since 1992, this special day seeks to enhance mass awareness and understanding on issues related to disability and to mobilise support for the well-being, dignity and rights of persons with disabilities.

Life for persons with disabilities is difficult everywhere, but the two areas where they need utmost understanding, support and care are home and workplace, where they spend most of their time. As I see it, they do not need our sympathy but our empathy. They are incredibly tough and talented, and only want a level playing field and a chance to grow and prosper in life without feeling isolated and discriminated against.

IndianOil is a socially responsible business and aspires to be a disabled-friendly work-place too that provides all-round support to persons with disabilities in many ways.

As an equal-opportunity employer, we diligently follow the Presidential directives and guidelines issued by the Government of India regarding reservation in services for PwD(Persons with Disabilities) and facilities like Braille machine, ramp, etc. are being provided to them in their work location.

At present, 695 persons with disabilities are employed with IndianOil on a permanent basis. Within the organisation we have to connect with these colleagues with greater sensitivity. We have to reach out to them and include them in our daily work-life in a manner whereby they feel that they are an innate and important part of IndianOil's eco-system.

Not only do we employ persons with disabilities but over 1,200 of our business partners like retail outlet dealers and LPG distributors are also persons with special needs.

Considering that over 1.86 crore Indians are disabled, we at IndianOil are leveraging our pan-India CSR programme to reach out to this large population with special needs. Last year, under our Divyangjan programme, we had provided assistive devices like tricycles, walking sticks, artificial limbs and hearing aids to over 20,000 persons with special needs across the country. To facilitate this, we have a tie-up with the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO).

IndianOil has an incredible heritage of 60 years of devoted service to the nation and as we prepare for our future endeavours, we have to commit ourselves to be an inclusive organisation that is not only efficient and profit-making but also a humane face and a heart.

IndianOil has been consistently ranked as one of the best companies to work for by the prestigious Great Place to Work Institute and today we are reconfiguring ourselves for the future. "Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: Taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda" is a very apt theme for the International Day for Persons with Disabilities-2019. It gives organisations a definitive direction to shape our policies to make our colleagues with special needs true partners in our inclusive and sustainable agenda. On this note, let all of us 33,000-plus IOCians join heads and hearts in understanding disability and individually and collectively commit to make IndianOil a truly inclusive organisation.

As I conclude my message, let me leave you with a beautiful anecdote titled 'The Advantage' I had come across recently.

The advantage

My little 10-year-old daughter, Sarah, was born with a muscle missing in her foot and wears a brace all the time.

She came home one beautiful spring day to tell me she had competed in "field day" - that's where they have lots of races and other competitive events.

Because of her leg support, my mind raced as I tried to think of encouragement for my Sarah, things I could say to her about not letting this get her down - but before I could say anything, she said, "Daddy, I won two of the races!"

I couldn't believe it! And then Sarah said, "I had an advantage."

I knew it. I thought she must have been given a head start...some kind of physical advantage. But again, before I could say anything, she said, "Daddy, I didn't get a head start...my advantage was that I had to try harder!"

-        Anonymous

 

 

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“Let's join hands and make Swachhta movement sustainable in the long run”


“So long as you do not take the broom and the bucket in your hands, you cannot make your towns and cities clean”, said Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation. He insisted on making cleanliness and sanitation an integral part of one's way of living.

“So long as you do not take the broom and the bucket in your hands, you cannot make your towns and cities clean”, said Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation. He insisted on making cleanliness and sanitation an integral part of one's way of living. His dream of total sanitation underpins Swachhta Hi Seva - 2018 campaign that was observed across IndianOil, starting from 15th September and concluding today on 2nd October, as we celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma.

I am pleased to share that during the campaign, the IndianOil family undertook Swachhta activities with great commitment, personal involvement and enthusiasm. The response from our stakeholders all over the country has been extremely encouraging. Our crusade against insanitation went on with renewed energy with IOCians organising shramdaan drives at public places including beaches, railway stations, schools, parks, villages, etc.

While holding cleanliness drives and spreading awareness on Swachhta have been a significant part of IndianOil's activities on ground, the Corporation has been relentlessly working towards propelling sustainability initiatives in its business operations. It remains our sustained endeavour to reduce the nature footprint of our operations. Having integrated renewables into our portfolio of energy offerings, we have converted 34% of our total retail network on solar energy.

To convert waste to wealth, IndianOil has installed 25 organic waste convertor/biogas plants to treat kitchen/ organic waste and generate biogas/manure. Having invested over Rs.16,000 crore in refining operations to produce cleaner auto fuels, IndianOil has already offered highly superior and clean BS-VI compliant auto fuel in Delhi/NCR since April 2018, and is gearing up to supply the same across India by April 2020.

To realise the vision of a clean & green India, every family needs access to sanitation facilities, including availability of clean toilets, solid and liquid waste disposal systems and safe drinking water supply for all. Let's therefore join hands and explore ways to make this movement sustainable in the long run. Let us rededicate ourselves to spread the message of Swachhta and inspire everyone to maintain cleanliness in our cities, towns & villages.

On this occasion, I heartily congratulate each & every citizen of India who has contributed to the success of this campaign and urge you all to continue your focussed efforts in making Swachh Bharat a reality in the days to come.

 

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“The path towards harnessing sustainable energy sources for a reliable supply is long & sometimes challenging. As a country, we are taking small but firm steps from a fossil-based economy to one based on renewables”


Human efforts to harness wind for energy date back to the ancient times, when we used sails to propel boats and ships. The sun is the ultimate source of almost every form of energy on the surface of the earth.

Human efforts to harness wind for energy date back to the ancient times, when we used sails to propel boats and ships. The sun is the ultimate source of almost every form of energy on the surface of the earth. The path towards harnessing sustainable energy sources for a reliable supply is long & sometimes challenging. As a country, we are taking small but firm steps from a fossil-based economy to one based on renewables viz. solar, wind, bio-fuels, hydrogen, etc.

Reducing dependence on imported fuel is the need of the hour!

IndianOil is integrating renewables into the existing energy chain to achieve this goal. We are extensively tapping solar energy by utilising rooftops and vacant space at our establishments/fuel stations. Our wind energy foray is supplementing the nation’s growing energy requirements. Our bio-energy initiatives are creating a productive end-use for bio-waste.

Cumulatively, we have commissioned 208 megawatt of renewable power, out of which 168 megawatt is wind power and 40 megawatt is solar power. Additionally, more than 11,500 of our fuel stations that is 34% of our total retail network runs on solar energy, with installed capacity of 45 megawatt. We have a strong focus towards country’s energy transition and have plans in place to increase our renewable energy capacity to 260 MW by 2020.

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