New Delhi/Kolkata: Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) communed celebrations of the country's 75 years of Independence (India@75) – Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav through week-long celebrations. The highlight of the commemorations was the e-release of GRSE's annual in-house journal VARTA 2021 by the Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar in presence of GRSE's CMD Rear Admiral VK Saxena IN (Retd.), Director (Shipbuilding) Cmde Sanjeev Nayyar, Director (Personnel) Cmde PR Hari and other senior officials of GRSE on April 28.
The Governor in his address commended GRSE in contributing to the strategic needs of India's maritime interests and security. He also mentioned that the track record for delivery of 788 platforms including 107 warships by the shipyard, is a rare honour. The delivery of warships in recent times in spite of challenges is a tribute to team GRSE and its leadership, he said. While applauding the achievement of 90 percent indigenous content onboard GRSE's warships, GRSE's contribution to the PM CARES Fund and to various other organisations in the State of West Bengal through CSR activities, was also appreciated by the Governor.
The week-long celebrations saw five focused webinars on enhancing 'Aatmanirbharta' with the first one on "Enhancing Workplace Productivity through Quality Circle" on April 23 that included GRSE's employees, apprentices and subcontractor working in GRSE. On April 24, a "Webinar on GRSE's success story of indigenisation, was conducted with reference to 90 percent indigenous content onboard Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes and Landing Craft Utility Vessels. GRSE's future plans for indigenization onboard its ships and engineering products was also discussed. 27 Apr 21 saw another, "Webinar on Green Energy for Inland Water Transportation in India" which focused on the key points like availability of design, necessary equipment fit availability in India, the possibility of indigenous production of equipment, required up-gradation of Merchant Shipping act or other regulatory rules requirement and the possibility of export to the neighbouring countries. A "Webinar on Skill Enhancement Program for GRSE Employees on Implementation and Sustenance of IMS" and "Webinar on Enhancing Supply Chain Management at GRSE," was conducted on April 28.
GRSE, a premier shipyard of the country, has made significant contributions towards achieving self-reliance in defence production, especially for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard in the last 62 years of its operation as a Defence PSU. The shipyard has played a vital role in the maritime security of the Nation by delivering the largest number of warships to our maritime forces. GRSE has the distinction of delivering 107 warships to date to our valued customers. Recently, the Fast Patrol Vessel, SCG PS Zoroaster built by GRSE was Handed Over by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to the Seychelles Coast Guard on April 28. This export initiative was in line with India's vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region) that puts 'Neighbourhood first'. GRSE has received 40th ranking in 'Fortune India – The Next 500 2021,' a phenomenal jump from 123rd last year. The company has also become PCMM level II certified and is on a path of stupendous growth.