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events & happenings Training Program conducted by Team Chemicals in Chennai By - Namrata Samant Chemicals’

Training Program conducted by Team Chemicals in Chennai

By - Namrata Samant

Chemicals’ South commercial Team has conducted a training program in Chennai regional office for the channel partners. Mr. Murugan, Officer commercial conducted the training programme and gave presentation on several topics like understanding of cost, cost reduction, tips for cost reduction, contribution & profit, activities done by Chem Connect, Credit appraisal, etc.

Mr. Gopal Maruvada, RH South & East and Mr. P. Mugundakrishnan, CSM shared the details about market scenario, shared distribution score card, market reports, import, etc. All the south distributors attended the training program with full enthusiasm and zeal.

The whole training programme was immensely successful and the channel partners expressed their happiness and gave a positive feedback. All in all it was an interesting and informative training for all in the southern region.

and informative training for all in the southern region. VISA ATM Launch ‘a dream come true’

VISA ATM Launch ‘a dream come true’ at Magadi

By - Rev. James Ogonji

The lifelong partnership between Magadi Soda Company and Magadi Sacco Society yet again bore lasting fruits when the long time dream of Magadi community to have an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) on site was realised during the official launch of the facility.

The official inauguration officiated by the Magadi Soda Company board members on behalf of the Board Chairman was graced by

the Kajiado North District Commissioner, Senior Co-operative Bank

of Kenya officials and the Senior Chief, Magadi Location among

other dignitaries.

The Magadi Sacco / Co-operative Bank “Co-op Cash” ATM is VISA branded and is available to all VISA branded ATM debit card holders 24/7 for financial transactions including cash withdrawals, balance inquiries, mini statements and settlement of utility bills among others.

The ATM project has also lifted the Sacco to a higher platform of international recognition as the facility will enable the Magadi Sacco FOSA “Sacco Link” ATM card holders (also VISA branded) to access Co-op Band mobile banking services that will enable account holders access to their FOSA accounts via their cell phones.

It is no doubt that this project would have remained a distant

dream without the support of Magadi Soda Company through the guidance and leadership of the Director of Finance, Mr. Satyajit Ghoshal, the Co-operative Bank partnership with the Sacco and the efforts made by various individuals who worked tirelessly to see the project through.

who worked tirelessly to see the project through. On this occasion the Sacco Chairman said,” We

On this occasion the Sacco Chairman said,” We as a Society appreciate the company's support and contributions made by our various partners and believe that the Magadi community and the

company employees will maximise on the use of the equipment for their financial freedom and flexibility and security of their hard earned cash as we look forward to continuation of the ‘Symbiotic Relationship’ between the Sacco and the Company”

Kudos to all

between the Sacco and the Company” Kudos to all Brain Storming Session on ‘Removal of Fines

Brain Storming Session on ‘Removal of Fines Hopper’

at Haldia

Storming Session on ‘Removal of Fines Hopper’ at Haldia By - Jayanta Dutt & Debovroto Roychoudhury

By - Jayanta Dutt & Debovroto Roychoudhury

A Brain Storming Session on ‘Removal of Fines Hopper’ was held

on 21st June 2010 at the New Training Centre in Haldia. A total of

fifteen members participated in the session to share their ideas and action plans .The participating departments were Mechanical Maintenance, DAP, Technical Services and S&E department.

The action plans & ideas brain stormed by the employees were

shortlisted for further discussion and appreciated by Mr. Dinesh Pratap Singh, Mr. B P Chandramouli and Mr. Ashok Sil.

Mr. Jitendranath Ghosh, Mr. Debasish Roy & Mr. Pinaki Mukherjee were recognized and awarded by Mr. Dinesh Pratap Singh.

Team CNAB organizes Customer Week at Assam

By - Rash Behari Banerjee

All segments of customers comprising of Dealers, Retailers and farmers got the flavour of PARAS product campaigning during the 1st week of May when all the stalwarts of Team Siliguri namely Rajesh, Sakti and Santanu along with all Field assistants conducted a series of programs like Farmer Training, Retailer Training, Dealers/Retailers counter visit, village haat visit and market visit. During the week long campaign, the customers expressed their needs and concern about PARAS product portfolio. On the basis of feed back and market condition, Siliguri Team is now developing a complete action plan for Assam region to address the needs and requirements of the customers.

to address the needs and requirements of the customers. Team CNAB organizes Crop Seminar at Barabanki
to address the needs and requirements of the customers. Team CNAB organizes Crop Seminar at Barabanki

Team CNAB organizes Crop

Seminar at Barabanki

the customers. Team CNAB organizes Crop Seminar at Barabanki By - G P Srivastava A crop

By - G P Srivastava

A crop seminar was organized on 11th May 2010 in village

Gurudatt Khera of District Barabanki .The Crop Seminar was attended by Mr. A K Chandoke, Mr. Bipin Mishra from Yara International, M/s Arun Traders, dealer and 200 farmers. The target crops were Mentha, Tomato and the target products were - Calcium Nitrate and Sulphur.

The farmers were told about the benefit of balanced use of fertilizers - including micronutrients. They were told about the dosage and method of application of Calcium and Sulphur. Their queries related to crop and products were discussed. The dealer

and retailers present were well motivated with the interest shown

by farmers.

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were well motivated with the interest shown by farmers. Manthan - Quarter 1, 2010-11 Integrity Safety
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events & happenings Sir John Deane's College Students visit Brunner Mond By - Jackie Barker Fertilizer

Sir John Deane's College Students visit Brunner Mond

By - Jackie Barker

Fertilizer Buffer Audit in Bihar

By - Manoj Chaturvedi

A group of 17 students plus 3 staff from Sir John Deane's college

visited Brunner Mond this summer. The visit was requested by SJD Head of Chemistry, Ann Thomas, to supplement the students’ AS

Level Chemistry studies that they are currently undertaking.

A short presentation delivered by Steve McNamara, Vantage

Programme Manager, BM) concentrated on sodium carbonate production and applications plus a focus on ‘Green Chemistry’ issues. The group then donned all the necessary PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) for a laboratory and plant tour with help from Chris Foxley and Roy Clare (Technical Manager and Project Manager at BM). The tour in particular was very well received by the enthusiastic youngsters who were amazed to see first-hand the scale of the operations at Brunner Mond, Winnington site.

Despite experiencing all that the Ammonia Soda Process has to offer, including ammonia and soda ash dust, the students were undeterred and were bubbling with positive feedback about their experience when they returned to Mond House. A number (of students) stated their intentions to work in the chemical industry

stated their intentions to work in the chemical industry too, which is good to see -

too, which is good to see - they may be back here again sometime soon!

is good to see - they may be back here again sometime soon! Customized Fertiliser Training

Customized Fertiliser Training Workshop for Frontline Staff

CNAB Team Patna Region recently concluded audits of buffer stockist points in June 2010. It was indeed an informative and interesting valuable exercise for all marketing personnel’s of Bihar. This auditing was planned with specific objectives to ensure cross functional responsibilities that support them to become completely competent multifunctional employee of the organisation. It is a fact that this audit work exposure under Collaborative responsiveness not only gave them a good exposure of important functions related to Supply Chain Management, with which marketing team and their sales objective is directly related. It also brings a refreshing change, for a short duration for all the marketing personnel. It breaks the monotony from the daily routine functions and gave them an idea of buffer points of different territories and their distribution as well as their working systems as per rules laid down by the company. Moreover we could find many positive points to learn from this whole exercise.

Customer Group Meet on Alkakarb

By - Chemicals CRM

By - Rajendra Kumar

A Customer Group Meet was conducted in Eastern Region for Alkakarb on 17 February, 2010. The meeting was attended by Alkakarb customers & traders of Bengal Distributors selling Alkakarb and their sales persons. From TCL Mr. G. S. Awasthi and Mr. Santosh Srivastava from Ahmedabad joined the east team. Mr. Awasthi provided information on market size of Alkakarb and the potential of the product, the developments taking place on the product and packaging side and the efforts of the company in advertising the product through various journals and on the internet which gave everyone lot of confidence about the product. The performance of the product at international level also helped everyone in understanding the product in a better way.

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performance of the product at international level also helped everyone in understanding the product in a
everyone in understanding the product in a better way. th The Customized Fertiliser – Future generation

The Customized Fertiliser – Future generation fertilisers (PARAS FORMULA) is on the verge of commercial launch from September for Rabi crop. Since it's a new product and TCL is the first fertiliser company to launch the same. So it was really imperative for the frontline people - Sales & Marketing Team - CNAB to understand the concept as well as to gain the knowledge that how PARAS FORMULA is a better fertiliser for crops as compared to other fertilisers. Keeping in line with this two internal training workshops were organized separately at Aligarh & Moradabad for Western U.P, CNAB S & M team, Scientists from CAT Aligarh, NBD Team, CNAB team from Noida.

Mr. B. B. Singh explained the concept of CF and how we have developed PARAS FORMULA after a research development exercise spread over 5 years. Mr. Ranjeet Singh Chhabra explained the Marketing Mix for CF as well as about the role of CNAB Sales & Marketing team to make this unique product a success.

& Marketing team to make this unique product a success. Visit report of CAT Field staff
& Marketing team to make this unique product a success. Visit report of CAT Field staff
& Marketing team to make this unique product a success. Visit report of CAT Field staff

Visit report of CAT Field staff to Haridwar

By - Dr. Manish Singh

The entire staff of Centre for Agri solutions and technology (CAT) and New Business Development (NBD) visited Haridwar for their annual motivational meet on 22-23th May 2010. In Haridwar the team visited Rajaji National Park, and organized a motivational meeting for field staff. The meeting was addressed by

Dr. Subhendu Bhadraray, Mr. P. K. Singh, Dr S.P. Singh, Dr. Vineet

Tripathi,

Mr. Gaurav K. Singh, and Mr. Ganesh K Singh. The field staff also shared their experiences towards their work.

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CIP Convention @ Haldia

By - Sudipta Dutta

Continuous Improvement Process program was conducted at New Training Centre on 31 May 2010 at Haldia and it was a pleasure to witness the tremendous response to this convention. All the departments participated in this program with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement.

22 departments showcased their improvements over last 3 years and made the event a success. I am sure this event has not only helped the departments to put their collective thoughts together, but also learn from the sharing of others as well.

The criteria for judging process maturity level was QCDSME (Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery, Morale & Environment) based processes & results. Mr. Bhasker Kumar, Mr. Amir Alvi,

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Mr. Ashok Sil, Mr. Ujas Dave & Mr. Murali Samala were the judges for this event. They found many departments. worth praising for their efforts.

But as the rewards can only be limited, these are being recognized as convention winners – all others being winners in their own right:

First: SSP plant

Second: STPP plant

Third: Supply Chain Management & Engineering Stores

Many congratulations to all the winners.

Engineering Stores Many congratulations to all the winners. TKS Inaugurated at CPCC By - Sanjay Naithani
Engineering Stores Many congratulations to all the winners. TKS Inaugurated at CPCC By - Sanjay Naithani
Engineering Stores Many congratulations to all the winners. TKS Inaugurated at CPCC By - Sanjay Naithani

TKS Inaugurated at CPCC

By - Sanjay Naithani

Keeping in mind a long awaited demand of the “Producer Companies” a Tata Kisan Sansar outlet was inaugurated at CPCC on 8th May 2010 in Malerkotla. The objective is to provide quality agri inputs and services to farmers. The TKS was inaugurated by Mr. G. R. Goves, CEO Khet Se along with Nancy Barry founder and president of Enterprise Solutions to Poverty. Mr. S. S. Cheema, Operations Manager Chandigarh, Mr. Pankaj Sirohi, Mr. Pradeep Singh, Mr. Pramod Uppal and other members of Khet Se and Agribusiness team were present at this momentous occasion.

Agribusiness team were present at this momentous occasion. CNAB Team Patna Region organizes Star Retailers Training
Agribusiness team were present at this momentous occasion. CNAB Team Patna Region organizes Star Retailers Training
Agribusiness team were present at this momentous occasion. CNAB Team Patna Region organizes Star Retailers Training

CNAB Team Patna Region organizes Star Retailers Training Programme

By - Manoj Chaturvedi

Cultivation unlike past has become a very scientific process which involves continuous upgradation in the methodology as well as usage of fertilizers & nutrients. This has led to a substantial increase in the produce output. Today progressive farmers have implemented and incorporated new technologies and several nutrient fertilizers. TCL has always been at the forefront to educate farmers & retailers to play a significant role in food security in the nation. TCL has taken a lead in reaching a large number of farmers in the best possible manner and the team feels proud that they are a part of this movement. The team took an initiative in educating retailers who communicate with farmers directly on a daily basis and organized a pre-monsoon meet of Star/Key

retailers throughout June 2010 across the entire Bihar region. The team conducted many such meets to reward and recognise the praiseworthy contribution of such Retailers.

Approximately 95 % Star retailers of CNAB not only attended but also participated wholeheartedly in the meet. The Star retailers were also rewarded based on their last year performance & contribution. Along with it green books were also given as a token of appreciation. Star retailers were also delighted to know that very soon they will receive "Fertilizer Display Rake And Stock Board “with marker. This initiative will further strengthen TCL's association with the customers.

Customer Circle- Delivering Higher Value to Customers

North 1 Sales Conference at Jim Corbett

By - CPB Sales Team

North 1 Sales Conference at Jim Corbett By - CPB Sales Team North 1 lions met

North 1 lions met for their 4th annual meet at Jim Corbett.

Addressing the team Mr. Parag Gadre focused on the fact that “it is the engine that pulls the whole train, to the destination and likewise North 1 being the engine of entire CPB needs to remember it's role'. Assuring numbers from North 1 team Mr. Vasant provided the insight of last year achievements on various fronts and shared some of the best practices across the region.

Sales Executives formally launched the much awaited “Sprinklers” with Anand providing the brand perspective. Amit Verma joined the team on the dance floor with “Chak De” in the back drop. Amit Sharma hardly spared any one and had all in splits with his one liner’s.

Exemplary performances were celebrated with much fan fare and later at the Cricket super league. Khar sahib took the Jammu & Kashmir team to its first title. This performance was even applauded by “Wild Tuskers” who came knocking for the event at the resort.

Tuskers” who came knocking for the event at the resort. By - Rajendra Kumar The journey
Tuskers” who came knocking for the event at the resort. By - Rajendra Kumar The journey

By - Rajendra Kumar

The journey of Customer Value Management at CNAB kick- started with the concept of Customer Circles. Initially Customer Circles were organized at Agra & Aligarh and it was good to have all stakeholders at single platform namely Farmers, Retailers, Dealers & Company persons from various departments. It helped the team to have a better understanding of Customer issues and concerns.

The Customer circle concept is now cascading down in all the territories in the current financial year. Starting the journey for this

in the current financial year. Starting the journey for this year, the first customer circle was

year, the first customer circle was organized at Bareilly (U.P.) wherein Dealers, Retailers and company persons participated. The Dealers and Retailers appreciated the CVM program because they felt that it will help to increase their business and the concept of Branding of Dealers & Retailers is going to benefit them in long term. The program was completed with chalking out all the issues & concerns of dealers & retailers. Now after three months the same program will be organized with all the participants to review actions taken and to have much better understanding.

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events & happenings CPB Team Nagpur: Converting Local Salt brand users to Tata Salt through purity

CPB Team Nagpur: Converting Local Salt brand users to Tata Salt through purity tests

By - Vivek Vaid

Customer Circle Meet at Malda

By - Rash Behari Banerjee

Nagpur town consumes almost 1200 tons per month of local branded salt against 350 tons per month of Tata Salt. Among these local brands salt sales, cow brand salt per month sales is 1000 tons. So majorly in Nagpur one can find only 2 types of salt in market - one is Tata Salt everywhere and other is Cow Brand salt. Looking back at the history of Cow brand salt & probing on why this cow brand salt sells highest in Nagpur & not in other regions of Vidarbha, we analyzed that this is a traditional brand which is locally made in Nagpur from very low grade quality salt that comes from Gandhidham in raw and uncrushed condition through rake. Crushing, sorting and packing happens in Nagpur itself, post which cow brand is marketed at Rs.4/- MRP, through cow brand owners of Nagpur. Distribution of cow brand salt is done through retail outlets through vans and rickshaw pullers. Due to very high consumer pull attached with Cow brand salt from Nagpurians, to retailers, cow brand team shows no respect while delivering salt to their doors. There are no retail calls done to sell this brand. Rickshaw pullers/van drivers place loose packets of cow brand salt at retail counters & collect cash money from retailers.

As a strategy to fight back Cow brand salt in Nagpur, sales team chalked out a two way plan – From one side, keep educating

Nagpurians who use cow brand salt regarding its impure state and low amounts of iodine as against Tata Salt which is much pure and iodized than cow brand salt. From other side, keep servicing retail outlets with respect on weekly basis with streamlined beat-wise despatches of Tata Salt with proper sales call from sales officers. By doing this Nagpur team could very well increase the consumer pull on Tata Salt and enhance the trade satisfaction levels.

As a way to educate consumers, a Tata Salt Branded van carrying two lady promoters with Tata Salt purity test kits, which were rotated in colonies where cow brand consumer pull was higher than that of Tata Salt. The lady promoters went door-to-door and conduct purity tests of Tata Salt against cow brand salt or the salt kept in consumer's house. Results of purity tests proved an eye opener for the consumers & they got permanently converted to Tata Salt.

After seeing the purity test with Tata Salt most of the consumers said that they will stop buying cow brand salt & will start Tata Salt. This door-to-door promotion activity is being carried out since last 5-6 months, the results of which can be seen now. This activity is still being carried out in Nagpur town due to its highly effective impact on consumer's mind.

The first “Customer Circle Meet of 2010-11” of Siliguri Region was held on 3rd June at Malda. Representative from various communities like Farmers, Retailers. Dealers and BHA actively participated in this unique forum.

This initiative of the Team Siliguri was wholeheartedly supported by all the customers. The same team will sit again to review the commitment after 3 months.

Meet in progress Customer Circle
Meet in progress
Customer Circle

District/Territory Level Channel Partners Communication Meet organized at Patna -Bihar

By - Manoj Chaturvedi

Bihar team organised several Channel partners communication meet across the region in June 2010. The objective was to have direct and two-way communication with dealers on various aspects.

Meetings were organised with the solid structured agenda followed by systematic presentation on product & distribution plan.

Suggestions on products, Packaging, packing and pricing were noted and complaints if any, were taken care of immediately to establish better relationship and understanding with the dealers who expressed immense satisfaction and faith in TCL team. Usage of new system (IT) related billing and accounting to be sent on dealers email ID was also demonstrated.

These meetings were also used to educate dealers about nutrient & micronutrients. TCOC clauses were once gain shared with the dealers and they were updated about it. They were also taken through a refresher of technical section of non-bulk portfolio to update them about the subject.

Such meets would be organized on a quarterly basis with regards to regular communication and continuous relationship & trust with each other.

Urea Meet organized by Tata Chemicals Babrala

By - S K Roy

Tata Chemicals, Babrala Unit organized Meet on Operation & Maintenance problems in Urea Plant, between 13th & 15th May 2010, under the banner of FAI. Babrala with its very limited resources put up a valiant show, highly appreciated by FAI Director (Technical), Dr. S Nand.

Tata Chem DAV School, Babrala has come to our rescue many times before and so it did this time also. The music room was converted into a mini auditorium. to accommodate about 50 delegates from 18 Fertilizer Companies from all over the country. Such event organizing is a fun at Babrala and truly an example of CFT success. The CFT was spearheaded by Mr. G K Rao (GM – Operations) and his continuous follow up was the prime cause of excellent delivery.

The program turned out to be very interactive and several Plant problems were discussed threadbare. The program was inaugurated by Mr. O P Tripathi (VP – Manufacturing), Mr. G K Rao & Dr. S Nand on 13th May at 10.00 a.m. Thereafter, marathon sessions continued for the next two days. Mr. V K Bhatia (VP – Babrala II) joined the delegates on 14th May and interacted with the delegates. In the evening tree plantation was done by all the delegates and guests amongst cheer and fun. A musical evening followed by a grand dinner was organized and the melodious voice of Ms. Sunita won the hearts of the group.

On 15th May the closing ceremony was conducted by comments and observations from the delegates and guest speakers and thus Tata Chemicals got etched in the Fertilizer Association canvas forever. All the delegates appreciated the hospitality provided by Tata Chemicals. The event came to a close by distributing souvenirs to all the participants. The souvenir specifically included the much cherished book “The Creation of Wealth” to pass on the message of ‘Leadership with Trust’ and the obligation that the Tata Group carries towards the Community. The program was a big milestone for Babrala.

Mr. O P Tripathi Lights the lamp
Mr. O P Tripathi Lights the lamp
Tree Plantation by Dr. S Nand
Tree Plantation by Dr. S Nand

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events & happenings Farmer Training Programme at Gaya CNB Crop Seminar held at Hastinapur and Meerapur

Farmer Training Programme at Gaya

CNB Crop Seminar held at Hastinapur and Meerapur

By - Bhoopendra Singh

By - Vijay Pratap Singh

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Farmer training programme was organized in the Gaya district

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communicate the basic knowledge of the TATA Paras product

and their role in crop production and yield improvement.

and their role in crop production and yield improvement. Team CNB organized a 2 day Crop
and their role in crop production and yield improvement. Team CNB organized a 2 day Crop

Team CNB organized a 2 day Crop seminar on 13th April, 2010 at Hastinapur & Meerapur. A Team of Yara Liva (Mr. Berry Bull,

Mr. Sanjeev Kanwar, and Dr. Vipin Mishra), scientists from KVK,

Hastinapur & Bhoopendra Singh participated. TCL dealers Shyam Sundar Madan Mohan and M Anil Kumar Arvind Kumar, Jansat along with star retailer M/s Kisan Fertilizer, Hastinapur and Jain Traders, Meerapur also participated in the programme. About 50 farmers at Hastinapur and 60 at Meerapur were present. Scientist Dr. Rajesh briefed about scientific cultivation of Sugarcane. Dr. Berry Bull explained the process of manufacturing of C.N. and how it works in plant. Dr. Vipin Mishra briefed about role of C.N. in Sugarcane. Mr. Bhoopendra Singh focused on integrated fertilizer management in Sugarcane. Farmers also raised their problems which were discussed as an open house. One of the major concerns of farmers is infestation of white grub in sugarcane.

Farmers were very happy with the way the meeting was conducted and suggested that such seminars should be organized in every season.

that such seminars should be organized in every season. TCL stall adjudged best in Krishi Mela
that such seminars should be organized in every season. TCL stall adjudged best in Krishi Mela

TCL stall adjudged best in Krishi Mela held at Siliguri

By - Rash Behari Banerjee

in Krishi Mela held at Siliguri By - Rash Behari Banerjee Training on Specialty fertilizers held

Training on Specialty fertilizers held at Kolkata

By - Bhoopendra Singh

On 24th & 25th of June 2010 Field staff & Agronomists of Kolkata CNAB were trained on Specialty fertilizers by internal faculties. The nutrients session was taken by Mr. A. P. Singh who discussed the subject in-depth and thoroughly.

Dr. Praveen Singh took a session on organic manures and their importance in building Soil Health. Prof. Dilip Kumar Das Dept. of Soil & Prof. Sisir Kumar Mitra Dean P. G. Studies (Dept. of Horticulture) shared their experiences in nutrients management for field crops - fruits & vegetables.

This training as a whole was beneficial for both the field staffs and Agronomists to deal with the different stakeholders like farmers, retailers, dealers.

Agronomists were tested with Quiz and first 5 were rewarded.

Mr. S. B. Sarkar (RM Kolkata), Mr. T. K. Banerjee (O.M Kolkata Agri)

& Mr. Sudhir Das (BDM – Bulk) presence and sharing of

interactive experiences were an add-on to the training program for

all the participants.

an add-on to the training program for all the participants. Krishak Mela organized at Hooghly CNB

Krishak Mela organized at Hooghly

CNB Team Siliguri participated in a Krishi Mela held by Jila Khudra Cha Chasi Samiti
CNB Team Siliguri participated in a Krishi Mela held by Jila
Khudra Cha Chasi Samiti on 6th June ‘10 at Jalpaiguri. More than
2500 small growers participated in this agricultural fair. More than
25 big companies namely NFCL, CFL and some micronutrient
companies like Multiplex, Aries, Boistadt, ISAGRO. ASIA have also
participated in this Mela by giving their stall. TCL stall was
adjudged the best and awarded. TKS representatives and
Agronomists also participated with CNB team.

A Farmers’ Mela was organized at Chinsurah (Hooghly) from 5th

February, 2010 to 12th February, 2010. Many fertilizer companies were invited to set up and exhibit their stalls displaying their wide

array of products. Tata Chemicals Stall was hot favorite at the fair with a large number of farmers showing their interest in the products and services.

The Chief Guest for the program State Agricultural Minister, Mr. Naren Dey highlighted the problems related to agriculture and the measures being taken by the state government to increase the productivity level. He visited Tata Chemicals stall and appreciated the efforts being taken by the company to increase the awareness level of farmers regarding modern agriculture techniques. Deputy Director of agriculture, Mr. Ashok Dana was also satisfied with the work being done by the company.

was also satisfied with the work being done by the company. TBEM Road Show at Haldia
was also satisfied with the work being done by the company. TBEM Road Show at Haldia

TBEM Road Show at Haldia

By - Sudipta Dutta

CQH, Mr. Harshdeep Singh along with Mr. D P Ghosh conducted a communication session on 12th June 2010 as part of the TBEM road show at Haldia. Road show communication covered topics like MVV, Cultural pillars, Core competencies, EPM, Benchmarking, Year of people, results of employee engagement & satisfaction surveys among other improvements.

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events & happenings Testimonials of Zinc -33% on farmer's field By - Manoj Chaturvedi A trial

Testimonials of Zinc -33% on farmer's field

By - Manoj Chaturvedi

A trial was conducted in the wheat and potato crops on farmers

fields and the

of grains and yield was increase over the control ones in wheat

result have been really encouraging .The number

crop and the number of tubers and size increase in case of potato. However farmers
crop and the number of tubers and size increase in case of potato.
However farmers compare this with the combination CN+Boron
along with Zn - 33% and the yield was better than only Zn-33%.
Yield –Control Plot- 68Qtl /Acre.
-Trial
Plot
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CNAB Marketing Accounts Review Meet at Rock Garden, Chandigarh

By - Ramesh Gulati

CNAB Marketing Accounts Review meet is held every quarter to

review the Marketing accounts activities at one of regional offices. The review meet of J Q 10 was held at Chandigarh on 27th & 28th

May 2010. The meeting was chaired by Mr. G. S. Chahal, Controller CNAB and Mr. S. K. Kasiviswanthan, Manager Marketing Accounts - CNB, Mr. Ritesh Gupta, Deputy Manager - Marketing Accounts - AB and all the regional accountants from different regions participated in the meet. The purpose of this meeting was to review the accounts process and also share learning with others.

The EPM processes were revisited; experiences of customer visits were shared, the key issues at the regional office were highlighted and also best practices were shared among other region. At evening we had a fun time, the entire group visited the Rock Garden at Chandigarh.

Brainstorming of new initiatives was also done by the accounts team and it’s a pleasure to note that the team took challenge to implement some the initiatives within a month’s time.

Some of the recent initiatives taken by the Marketing Accounts team are -

initiatives taken by the Marketing Accounts team are - Introduction of Channel Finance to the dealers

Introduction of Channel Finance to the dealers

team are - Introduction of Channel Finance to the dealers Auto SMS from SAP to dealers

Auto SMS from SAP to dealers for collections and invoice

Auto SMS from SAP to dealers for collections and invoice Merging of credit limit between the

Merging of credit limit between the credit control area

Cement Distributors Visit Mithapur Plant

By - Jayesh Yadav

Kudos!! Highly skilled team of Mithapur creates complex Bicarbonate plant Storage Bin

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team consisting of highly skilled workmen PED Bhimji,

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Chitroda (Fitter), Valji H Chavda (Helper) and Lalji L Thumbhadia

(Fitter), Valji H Chavda (Helper) and Lalji L Thumbhadia Mithapur Braveheart (Welder) accomplished an appreciable
Mithapur Braveheart
Mithapur Braveheart

(Welder) accomplished an appreciable feat of manufacturing a Bicarbonate storage bin. Manufacture of this bin was a challenge as it consisted of intersection of three cones and this feat was achieved by the team by preparing a scaled model and simulating the template design using Autocad.

The middle cone has a diameter of 3.048 Mtrs & a length of 2.08 Meters and the entire equipment is made out of Stainless Steel 316L, 1800 MM Condenser for MUW-3

While the condenser for the MUW-3 was planned to be completed by the July-2010, in order to save the hire cost of crane the equipment was completed before 3 months thus saving the company more than Rs. 50 lacs as crane retention charges.

Kudos to the team!!!

PRERNA-Suggestion Scheme @ Haldia

By - Ashis Kumar Pal

PRERNA-Suggestion Scheme @ Haldia By - Ashis Kumar Pal The PRERNA Suggestion Scheme at Haldia commenced

The PRERNA Suggestion Scheme at Haldia commenced from 2nd January 2010.

The scheme has been well accepted by all levels of employees and gaining popularity day by day within the employees of Haldia site, especially who are involved in the day to day field work. As a result, 57 suggestions were submitted till March ‘10 in various areas. All suggestions have been evaluated and implementations are going on for the accepted suggestions.

innovation throughout the organization, each one of us participation for new idea generation is essential.

Nothing demonstrates our commitment to this approach better than a suggestion recognized, rewarded and immediately put to practice. Certainly, this will enable us to make our journey successful.

Post completion of one year since the launch of Masonry cement, all the cement distributors of Gujarat along with the cement marketing team lead by Mr. M M Vellodi, visited Mithapur.

During the visit the distributors were taken around tocement plant and Quality Control Lab. The Production team comprising Mr. P. R. Thaker, Martin Charles and Ajay Trivedi explained the cement manufacturing process.

They were also shown some of the testing methods and the QC standards maintained of our products. This was followed by a very interactive session between the visiting team, Production and SCM department for improving the business. The suggestions were very positively taken up by both sides and it is felt that this would help in developing confidence.

Cement distributors later visited the OKHAI Centre, where our TCSRD activities were shown. They took keen interest in the social cause and were impressed by the encouragement of TCL in promoting the marvelous skills of local people. They also contributed to the welfare of the Society by making some purchase of OKHAI produ cts.

The trip concluded with visits to Dwarka Temple, Nageshwar, Bet Dwarka and also to Charkala Salt works where they were shown the migratory birds.

Salt works where they were shown the migratory birds. A Reward and Recognition scheme has been
Salt works where they were shown the migratory birds. A Reward and Recognition scheme has been
A Reward and Recognition scheme has been put in place. As changes are coming faster
A Reward and Recognition scheme has been put in place. As
changes are coming faster than ever before, competitors are more
nimble and customers expectations are increasing; we need to
develop new ideas, better processes, more innovative products and
services. Today, companies require a steady flow of ideas and
solutions from those who are closest to the processes and the
customers. To create an adaptable and responsive organization,
we must develop a culture that actively solicits input and
recommendations from every one. Therefore, to foster a culture of
Mr. S. Bhasker Kumar
Team Chemicals with distributors
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events & happenings QFD Workshop @ Haldia By - Sudipta Dutta QFD is a Systematic approach
events & happenings QFD Workshop @ Haldia By - Sudipta Dutta QFD is a Systematic approach

QFD Workshop @ Haldia

By - Sudipta Dutta

QFD is a Systematic approach for transitioning Voice Of Customer into design requirements. Being a customer centric organization a two day QFD workshop was organized at Haldia from 11th May 2010 to 12th May 2010. This workshop was used for new product features, cycle time reduction in new product development, innovative product development, reduction of errors / changes in current products / services. Three teams were formed which include 23 members. CSI, Kano, Customer complaints into a VOC tables were used as a inputs for all the teams.

Mr. S Bhasker Kumar, Mr. Amir Alvi congratulated all the teams and emphasized the importance of QFD and its improvements.

and emphasized the importance of QFD and its improvements. Participants of the wro kshop Reward &
and emphasized the importance of QFD and its improvements. Participants of the wro kshop Reward &
and emphasized the importance of QFD and its improvements. Participants of the wro kshop Reward &
Participants of the wro kshop
Participants of the wro kshop

Reward & Recognition Programme for STAR RETAILERS at Malda

By - Rajesh Kumar Yadav

On April 24, 2010 a Star Retailers Reward and Recognition programme of Malda Territory was organized at Malda. As it was scorching summer heat all around, the venue was fixed at Acquatica which is an exciting water kingdom of North Bengal. The reward ceremony was held in the auditorium followed by a cultural programme in the green lawns surrounded by the water park. All the participants including retailers, dealers, officials and Field Assistants wore cool white T shirt with Paras logo. Star retailers were selected on the basis of their performance in developing and strengthening specialty fertilizer in the market. All the performers were awarded with a certificate of achievement along with a precious gift. The musical evening reached its peak when the audience actively participated in the dance and music programme. The programme was conducted by a joint team of channel partners and co-ordinated by the sales officer of Malda Mr. Rajesh Yadav

A similar programme was also held on 17th April for the star

retailers of Jalpaiguri Territory where all the performers were

awarded at Savin Kingdom, another exciting place at Siliguri.

Star Retailers with the award
Star Retailers with the award

On this occasion a gala dinner and a thrilling musical extravaganza was also arranged which all the participants enjoyed immensely.

Reward and Recognition for Star Retailers - Kolkata Region

In continuation of our Reward and Recognition initiative, Kolkata

region organized a retailers training program in all the territories

to reward the high performers among the star retailers. All the star

retailers were divided in to three categories based on the Value share for selling specialty nutrients. Out of 1500 star retailers only 1217 star retailer qualified for the reward. 207 retailers in A category, 232 retailers in B category and 778 in C category were rewarded in program where the team rewarded them with Gold Coins varying from 1gram to 3 Gram as per their category.

All the dealers of the region were present in their respective territory. Regional Sales Manager Mr. S. B. Sarkar shared his thoughts on various issues related to Fertilizer Industry and current availability, scenario of fertilizers. The Territory sales officer made presentation on feed back through recorded video clippings from the farmers on how they have benefited by application of Specialty nutrients. Mr. K. K. Singh distributed the coins to all the winners.

TBEM Awareness Session

the coins to all the winners. TBEM Awareness Session at Haldia By - Sudipta Dutta A

at Haldia

By - Sudipta Dutta

A series of awareness sessions were organized to sensitize people

on TBEM at Haldia. A total of 165 members attended the two sessions in a lively and interactive mode. Road show communication covered topics like Cultural pillars, Core competencies, BEEP, EPM conventions, Year of people, results of employee engagement & satisfaction surveys among other improvements.

Also TBEM Quiz was conducted for Management and Non Management separately.

In-house Technical training

programme

By - Manoj Chaturvedi

Spandan at Mithapur

By - K D Joshi

A in-house technical programme was organised at Purnia on 18th

May 2010 to impart technical knowledge to CNAB Field team members. The technical session was delivered by external expert - Dr. V. K. Mishra on the role of nutrients in crops & soil, Mr. Gajadhar Singh on plant protection to give the brand an extra edge. In this program Mr. Manoj Chaturvedi, RSM, Bihar and all the field team members were present. The objectives of the training program was to compete with the market by using advance technology which makes work faster and smarter. The training was highly beneficial for all of us to meet the future challenges.

Spandan is a behavioural programme initiated for the employees before six to seven years for the officers and workmen at Mithapur. This programme helps an individual to know himself by which one can improve his performance in his day to day personal and social dimension.

Initially an expert was called from outside and gradually the team

at Mithapur developed their own internal faculty for this

programme.

The programme covered all the areas of an individual's personal as well as social dimension. The areas of focus were, who am I, what is the importance of relationships in life, depletion and its solution, self motivation, developing leadership qualities, power of positive thinking, way of communication etc.

This programme also gave us knowledge about health, wealth

and wellness. Today most of us are suffering from different kind of stress. Stress not only affects our body but also affects our mind and spirit. Each of us go through stress everyday and we try to find out the solution to release it in our own way. Its complete eradication is neither possible not desirable and we can only equip ourselves to manage it positively. Spandan program taught us the technique to release the stress.

The program was held in the month of May 2010. Mr. K D Joshi and Mr. Anil Patel was the faculty. Manager Administration - Mr. Mahesh R Ladha gave few memorable tips to the participants during the closing cermony.

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events & happenings Crop Seminar on Sugarcane Crop @ Guldia (Bareilly) The trials of Paras CN
Crop Seminar on Sugarcane Crop @ Guldia (Bareilly) The trials of Paras CN & PARAS
Crop Seminar on Sugarcane Crop @ Guldia (Bareilly)
The trials of Paras CN & PARAS Granubore have been conducted
on Sugarcane crop in various territories. The focus is now on
Sugarcane crop for promotion of specialty products. Keeping the
theme in mind CNB Badaun, organized Crop Seminar for
Sugarcane crop in which Bareilly Agri team also participated. The
team communicated the whole package of practices for
Sugarcane crop and how to go for balanced nutrition with the
products available in TATA PARAS range. The team communicated
how much nutrition is required for healthy paddy crop, method &
time of application of different fertilizers; precautions while
application & use of fertilizers and benefits of complete balanced
nutrition. The Agribusiness team discussed crop protection against
Weeds, Insects, Disease, and Fungus and what are the products
which should be used, quantity to be used and method of
application. The team has also focused on introduction of
Customized fertilizer in next Kharif season for various crops
according to districts. The team has done communication through
posters and pamphlets in villages.
Knowledge Sharing Session on
Speciality & Organic Fertilizer
at Kolkata
By - A P Singh & Praveen Singh
Speciality fertilizer department organized a Knowledge sharing
cum competency building Session for CNAB Kolkata on 24th &
25th June 2010. All RCIs, STIs & outsourced field staffs participated
in this program. In this session A. P. Singh, Sr. Manager BD,
Speciality Fertilizer shared Business outlook and technical
knowledge on Crop Nutrition through Paras range of crop
nutrition products. He also shared the status, challenges and
opportunities for the growth of specialty fertilizers. Dr. Praveen
Singh, Assistant Manager - Organic Fertilizer shared the role of
Organic Fertilizers in crop production system. Prof. Sisir Mitra &
Prof. D. K. Das, from Agriculture University, BCKV, West Bengal
were also present for the program. A quiz was organized at the
end of the session. Following participants scored full marks with
100% correct answers.
Consumer engagement and activation module (Magic Box) were
also used to increase the interest and interaction with the farmers
and all the farmers found it very interesting and different.
Crop Seminar
Mr. Sanjay Kr. Hazra (Burdwan)
Mr. Snehasis Banerjee (24 Pgs – North)
Once a TCLite
always
a TCLite
Mr. Debashis Sanyal (24 Pgs – South)
Mhr. As
ok Kr. Rao
Deb (Hooghly)
It has been proven time & again that a person who gets
associated with the Tata family just cannot forget the Tata culture.
To continue the legacy of Tata Culture and pay respect to the
founder of Tata, ex-TCL employees residing at Sohar in Sultanate
of Oman assembled and celebrated the founder’s day on 3rd
March 2010. Everybody paid their great respect to Late J.N. Tata. All
of us went down the memory lane and refreshed their memory of
their tenure at Tata Chemicals, Babrala. There was a consensus
that we will keep the flag of Tata values high by doing ethical
practice to our business and proud to be known as ex-Tata
employees.
Mr.
Subhendu
(Nadia)
Glimpse of group photo of Founder's
Day celebration
on 3rd March 2010 in Sohar, Oman
Mr. A P Singh with the participants
In-house Training for CNAB Eastern Region held at Patna
By - Manoj Chaturvedi and V V Singh
An in-house Training Session was organized for Eastern Regions
at Patna on 13th April '10 to create awareness and familiarize
participants on SAP Employee Self Service, Goal Setting/appraisal
process, Cascading MVV/LTSP/BSC, Knowledge management and
SHE. Visiting faculty from Noida covered topics on HR, Strategy &
Knowledge management and guest from Haldia familiarized the
participants about SHE aspects. A brief detail of the topics covered
are summarized below:
experience and skills of employees within the organization and
other sources
Mr. Chanchal Ghosh enlightened about Safety, Health &
Environment. She also explained Do's and Don'ts regarding
Office Safety, Emergency Response, Fire emergency and TCL
Road Safety guidelines.
The Training Session commenced with a Welcome Address by
Mr. Manoj Chaturvedi Mr. V V Singh conveyed the Vote of Thanks.
Mr. Pawan Jain explained in a very simple and lucid manner
SAP-Employee Self Service and Goal setting/appraisal
processes.
It was a very good learning experience and sharing session
besides providing opportunity to meet and interact with
colleagues of cross functional teams from Noida, Haldia, Kolkata
Mr. Vivek Huidrom cascaded and created understanding of
company's MVV, LTSP, BSC and other strategic aspects
and field colleagues of Siliguri, Kolkata, Jharkhand and Patna
Region team.
Mr. Prakash Mandal and Mr. Bharat Awasthi elaborated about
knowledge management concept and techniques used at
enterprise level to build knowledge data bank from vast
Pawan Jain interacting with the participants
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Tata Salt Lite commemorates World Hypertension Day

By - Jyoti Joshi Patankar

17th May is commemorated as World Hypertension Day, across the world. Tata Salt Lite Consumer activations were done across India to mark this day. Activations done across India included Blood pressure and health check up camps, activations at jogger’s park with morning walkers, doctor sampling, and newspaper insertions of Tata Salt Lite detailers.

During the consumer activations done across the country, over 30,000 customers were directly contacted in a single day. East region reported direct sale of around 2000 packs of Tata Salt Lite in a single day. Customers were contacted through activations in towns of Kharagpur, Asansol, Behrampur, Midnapore, Cooch Behar, Burdhwan, Siliguri, Batanagar, Sonarpur, Ranchi Deogarh, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Guwahati and Malegaon. In Kolkata city, activations were done at major locations like Victoria Memorial, Salt Lake Joggers Park and dumdum. Newspaper insertions of Tata Salt Lite detailers were done in Kolkata to mark World Hypertension Day. The consumer activations done in Orissa were covered by regional dailies.

In south, massive in-shop activations were done in all SO headquarters, like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Chennai, Erode, Madurai, Tirupur, Tirunvelli and Pollachi.

In Mumbai, BP Check up camps were put in major locations like Shivaji Park, Joggers Park, Lokhandwala and Hiranandani gardens.

In Mumbai, a Tata Salt Lite roadshow was done for two days. A branded canter
In Mumbai, a Tata Salt Lite roadshow was done for two days. A
branded canter with live games and music and BP check up
BP Check up Camps
BP Check up Camps

covered the areas of Borivali Joggers Park (Jhansi Ki Rani Garden), Poison Gymkhana (Kandiwali), Mahaver Nagar, Malad Liberty Garden, Borivali Anand Nagar, Borivali Nancy Colony, Kandiwali Thakur Complex, Gokul Dham, Goregaon Yari Road & Four

Bungalow

day , the canter covered the routes on Sion Circle (5 Garden) ,Vijay

Sales (Chembur),Vijay Sales ( Ghat kopar), Nirmal Life Style (Mulund),Teen Hath Naka (Thane),Gaon Devi Madan (Thane) (lake Area) Kalwa Naka and R Mall. Over 2000 customers were contacted through the roadshow in Mumbai.

Bandra Joggers Park, on the first day. On the second

Mumbai. Bandra Joggers Park, on the first day. On the second In Delhi, Blood Pressure Check
Mumbai. Bandra Joggers Park, on the first day. On the second In Delhi, Blood Pressure Check

In Delhi, Blood Pressure Check up activities were organized at 8 locations and more than 2200 packs were sold in a single day.

The consumer activations were supported by radio promotion, with spots running on all major FM channels across the country. The radio activity was done for five days from 15th to 18th May. The activity consisted of; RJ Mentions of World Hypertension Day Activity by Tata Salt Lite, 15 second spots of Tata Salt Lite creating brand awareness and 10 second capsule giving Tips for Managing Hypertension.

dial ‘N’ for nature

dial ‘N’ for nature
Tips for Managing Hypertension. dial ‘N’ for nature Xplorers on Cloud Nine TCL's Adventure Club Members

Xplorers on Cloud Nine TCL's Adventure Club Members Trek to Malshej Ghat

By - Rohinton Dadachanji

On the morning of June 27, 2010, a group of enthusiastic XPLORERS (The Adventure Club at Tata Chemicals Limited) got together at Dadar in the wee hours of a sleepy Sunday morning, to make their way to the heights of the enchanting Malshej Ghat.

The team reached the top of Malshej Ghat after a grueling four hour zig-zag journey through the ghats. The skies were clear and bright, and the lush greenary and shimmering waterfalls around, made the view from the top, truly magical.

After a short break at the MTDC resort, the group went trekking with BNHS Group leaders through thick foliage. The company of the BNHS experts made the trek even more interesting, since they kept sharing information about the flora and fauna, the birds, the reptiles and all the moving and non-moving objects present in the jungle. On the way the group leaders released three snakes (Russel's Viper, Common Sand Boa and Indian Rock Python) brought in plastic bottles into their natural habitat. The team rejoiced to see them slithering up the nearest tree, or away into the wilderness, right before their eyes. As the team made their way deep into the jungle, they spotted the Indian Giant Squirrel, the Brown Fish-owl, the Shaheen Falcon, Common Kestrel and the Malabar Whistling Thrush.

After lunch the team headed back to the base and spotted a Bamboo Pit Viper coiled around a tree. This made for an exciting photo-session for the Xplorers. Dark clouds, slowly covered the valley, and soon the heavens opened up accompanied with squally winds and hazy clouds to bring rain. The gusty winds made the clouds rise from the valley towards the group and the Xplorers were literally 'Floating in the Clouds’

The group headed back home in the evening, enthralled and totally recharged to take on life in the concrete jungle .

totally recharged to take on life in the concrete jungle . Manthan - Quarter 1, 2010-11
totally recharged to take on life in the concrete jungle . Manthan - Quarter 1, 2010-11
totally recharged to take on life in the concrete jungle . Manthan - Quarter 1, 2010-11
totally recharged to take on life in the concrete jungle . Manthan - Quarter 1, 2010-11

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