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    MEMBERS MEET - QUARTER ENDING DEC 2017

    Members Meet for the Quarter ending Dec 2017 was held on 18 Jan 2018 at 3 pm at HIA Main Hall. Members were apprised of the latest position on various fronts - increase in number of member companies, financial status, security aspects of RGIP and actions being taken to further improve security by deployment of security cameras. Presentation on Metrozip services was given to the members and they were informed about the various actions being taken to improve the commute for the employees.

    The event started with Dr Satish Pai, President HIA welcoming the members. He asked them to be proactively involved in aspects related to HIA. The President felicitated Mr Makarand Chakradeo of Persistent for his involvement in installation of the new Audio System in the HIA Main Hall and thanked him for his efforts. As a token of appreciation, a small gift was presented to Mr Chakradeo.

    Col Bhogal, COO HIA then explained the latest status of various infrastructure projects being developed in Hinjawadi and gave a detailed presentation on the infrastructure initiatives including roads and Metro rail, sewage management, traffic issues etc that have been taken up by HIA to make life and commute better at RGIP. He explained that it was a slow process but HIA was pursuing every project with great enthusiasm and verve. 

    Lt Col Yogesh Joshi highlighted the various security initiatives being taken and the progress made despite the challenges faced by the Committee. He brought out that the Security Camera deployment is now in the last stage of approvals and we should see commencement of the project on ground soon. 

    Col SS Salkar Head Transport brought out the improvement in Metrozip services and the efforts that were being taken to further make the services better. He highlighted various initiatives including the launch of IVR for better response to commuters.

    Col CS Bhogal, COO then explained the financial status of HIA and the various compliances that were adhered to on time by HIA.

    Post the presentations, informal discussions and questions and answer sessions on all issues were held and the employees' queries and doubts on a host of subjects related to RGIP were answered.

    The event culminated in informal interactions over high tea.


    MAGNETIC MAHARASHTRA CONCLAVE

    MIDC is organising an Investment Summit – Magnetic Maharashtra at MMRDA grounds Mumbai from 18 to 20 Feb. The aim of the meet is to showcase Maharashtra as an investment destination highlighting the potential of the State. Prospective investors would also be exposed to the existing industries in the State.

    The event is being covered through establishment of pavilions for exhibitions by companies and various MIDC Regions, seminars on various subjects related to investments and industries and a competition for budding entrepreneurs to project their ideas for start-up ventures.

    HIA has encouraged its member companies to participate actively in this event and project Hinjawadi as an excellent destination for the IT Sector in Maharashtra. Meetings were held in Mumbai and at MIDC Pune to drive this event. Col CS Bhogal, COO HIA leading the HIA efforts attended the meeting.


    ADVANTAGE PUNE- INVESTMENT SUMMIT

    Along with other industry organisations in Pune, PMRDA is co-hosting an Investment Summit at Pune in end Feb or early Mar 2018 to promote Pune Metropolitan Region as a hub for investment and industrial activity. The event to be attended by existing and prospective investors would entail conduct of seminars, talks and discussions on industries in various sectors like Auto & Auto Ancillary, IT & ITES, Agriculture & Agro Processing, Defence Manufacturing, Pharma & Biotech, Education & Hospitality, Health Care & Wellness, Tourism, Urban Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Logistics etc.

    A meeting to kick start the preparation was held at PMRDA office on 10 Jan 2018 and chaired by Mr Kiran Gitte, CEO PMRDA. Representatives from all major organisations like CREDAI, MCCIA,DCCIAP, MTDC, Chakan Industries Association, Ranjangaon Industries Association among many others participated. HIA was represented by Col CS Bhogal, COO in this meeting. Few pictures of the meeting ……

    Details of both these events have already been shared with SPOCs of all HIA member companies. They are requested to take it further with their management.


    VISIT OF RJ SANGRAM of 95 BIG FM TO HIA

    RJ Sangram of 95 Big FM visited HIA office on 19 Sep 17 to understand the progress of Road Infrastructure at RGIP Hinjawadi post the visit of Palak Mantri Pune to HIA on 15 Sep 2017. RJ Sangram who takes avid interest in spreading awareness and information on subjects of transportation and infrastructure at RGIP also interacted with the employees asking them the difficulties faced during commute. He also telephonically interacted with the Palak Mantri Pune, Shri Girish Bapat on the subject of his visit and planned road development at RGIP.

    RJ Sangram had on an earlier occasion visited HIA and had aired live interactions on FM Radio with the erstwhile President of HIA, Mr Anil Patwardhan. During visit of the RJ yesterday, Col CS Bhogal, COO HIA briefed him on various infrastructure developments in pipeline.

    Few pictures of his interaction with employees and the briefing session…


    VISIT OF GUARDIAN MINISTER PUNE TO HIA

    Mr Girish Bapat, Guardian Minister Pune accompanied by Mr Saurabh Rao District Collector Pune, Mr Kiran Gitte CEO PMRDA, and senior officials of PMC, PCMC , PWD and MIDC carried out a road reconnaissance of the planned alternate route from Balewadi to RGIP Hinjawadion 15 Sep 2017as a follow up of the meeting held in Council Hall on 11th Sep 2017,to iron out the problems that have been delaying this road for a very long time. During his road trip which had a number of halts at critical places, the Minister interacted with the villagers whose land fell within the new planned road, understood the road alignment concerns and also inspected the bridge work going on over the Mulariver.

    To get a first-hand input on issues of waste management and unauthorised hawkers in RGIP, the Minister carried out a survey of RGIP, travelling via SH130 to Phase 3- Phase 2 and finally arrived at the HIA Office in Phase 1 where he conducted a meeting with all officials and representatives of HIA and members of Gram Panchayat of Mann and Hinjawadi villages.

    At the start of the meeting, Dr Satish Pai, President Hinjawadi Industries Association welcomed the Minister and the others present and expressed hope that all solutions would be found through co-operation and joint working. In his presentation, Col CS Bhogal COO HIA brought out the status of various projects that were discussed during a previous meeting on 14 Jul 2017.

    CEO PMRDA gave out the plans of the Metro Rail link from Hinjawadi to Shivajinagar explaining that the work is likely to commence by Mar 2018. District Collector Pune also laid out the plans for completion of various roads in Hinjawadiviz the Chande-Nande link of 2.8 kms, widening of roads from Phase 1 to Phase 2 among others.

    The Minister asked MIDC to consider afresh the matter of waste management and directed that a meeting with the vendor be held next week to take matters ahead.

    The Guardian Minister having captured the nuance of issues being faced by companies located in RGIP has assured regular and sustained follow up of all issues at RGIP Hinjawadi that have made commuting to this place a big challenge for all. He also reiterated that a piece-meal solutions to resolution of issues would not be in the interest of anybody. He stressed that all solutions would take into account requirement of all stake holders and assured the Gram Panchayat members that the villages would not suffer due to any decision taken on infrastructure. An all-encompassing comprehensive approach to resolution of infra issues would be adopted. The next follow up meeting is likely to be held in Nov 2017.

    After this visit of the Guardian Minister to RGIP and HIA Office, we eagerly expect early action on the following infrastructure issues:-

    1. Alternate Road to Hinjawadi.
    2. Improved road infrastructure from Wakad to ShivajiChowk.
    3. Wider SH-130 for ease of travel between Phase 1 and Phase 3.
    4. Chande-Nande access for vehicular traffic.
    5. CCTV surveillance for enhanced security in RGIP.
    6. Waste management and cleaner RGIP.


    Annual General Meeting – FY 2016-17

    The Annual General Meeting of HIA was held at The Gateway-Taj on 31 Augfrom 5.00 pm onwards. The event was attended by 48 representatives of member companies in addition to various invitees.

    After welcoming the members, Mr Anil Patwardhan PresidentHIA,presented the Annual General Report for the financial year 16-17. He also brought out the highlights of various activities undertaken by the HIA through its Managing Committee and the other committees over the past one year, and the planned activities that would be taken up by HIA over the next year or so.

    All the agenda items of the AGM were perused during the meeting and after appropriate deliberations the same were approved unanimously.

    As part of the agenda item the re-constitution of the Managing Committee &the changes made by the MC were unanimously approved by the members in the AGM. The following changes took effect:-

    1. Mr Anil Patwardhan relinquished the appointment of President and became a Member of the Managing Committee.
    2. Dr Satish Pai assumed the appointment of President HIA and relinquished the appointment of Secretary HIA
    3. Mr Kedar Paranjpye Member Managing Committee assumed the appointment of Secretary HIA

    Capt Mayank Gupta, Co-Chairperson Security and Safety Committee highlighted aspects of security in RGIP and measures that were being taken to upgrade the security of the companies and employees working therein.

    Col Charanjeet Singh Bhogal, COO HIA then gave out the highlights of the Infrastructure Committee and the work undertaken by the Committee over the past one year. He also explained the progress of various Infrastructure projects, both on-going and planned.

    Col Shankar Salkar, Head Transport Ops HIA explained the journey of the Metrozip services over the past one year and described various new initiatives being taken by the vendors while expanding their fleets. Other improvement within RGIP like erection of bus shelters was also discussed and more companies were encouraged to contribute to erection of shelters.

    Mr Anil Patwardhan, ex-President HIA then took time to thank one and all for the active support and participation which he enjoyed during his tenure as President HIA.He welcomed the new President HIA,Dr SatishPai and requested him to share his views & future plans with HIA members.

    Dr Satish Pai, President HIA then addressed the gathering and enthused all members to put in sustained and concerted efforts to improve RGIP and help make the lives of employees more comfortable. He asked for more proactive participation and contribution from all members.

    The next half hour witnessed a very interesting and interactive session where members put across a lot of constructive suggestions and views for enabling HIA to achieve more in the times to come.

    Finally, Mr Kedar Paranjpye, Secretary HIA in his Vote of Thanks acknowledged the contribution of Mr Anil Patwardhan over the past four years,and all sub -committees of HIA and member companies and thanked all participants for their valuable inputs. He asked them to continue their sustained support as hitherto fore, to all activities of HIA.

    The meeting culminated with a Gala dinner and members were seen heartily enjoying their drinks and the sumptuous spread.


    VISIT OF SHRI GIRISH BAPAT, PALAK MANTRI PUNE TO HIA

    Shri Girish Bapat , Palak Mantri Pune, visited RGIP Hinjawadi and held a meeting with heads of various Govt departments, at HIA office complex on Fri, 14 Jul 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to get a first-hand feedback from HIA about the state of various infrastructure and other difficulties faced by the employees at RGIP.

    Over a period of 2 hours from 7 pm the Minister interacted with various departments vested with the responsibility of RGIP Hinjawadi. Apart from the District Collector Pune, CEO PMRDA and Additional Commissioner PCMC, other major Departments represented were those of the PWD, MIDC and Police Authorities both Traffic and Zone -3.

    The HInjawadi Industries Association was represented by their President, Mr Anil Patwardhan along with other Managing Committee members, Chief Operations Officer and other senior officials including Centre Heads of major IT companies in RGIP like TCS, Infosys and Wipro.

    The Minister was given a detailed presentation by Col Charanjeet Singh Bhogal, COO HIA on the problem areas of Hinjawadi that included road infrastructure, traffic, security and implementation of new initiatives like the Integrated Solid Waste Management Scheme. The Colonel in his presentation clearly brought out the criticalities of various difficulties and suggested actions to be undertaken in the Short Term, Medium Term and Long Term. The Minister was extremely sensitive to the woes of the employees working at HIA and committed to draw a time bound program to alleviate these problems. The District Collector Pune was designated as the Nodal officer to co-ordinate the activities between various departments. The Minister has assured a bi-monthly review with all departments and has asked that the next meeting be held in the month of Sep 2017.
    Some pics of the Event……

       

    MEMBERS MEET - QUARTER ENDING JUN 2017

    Members Meet for the Quarter ending Jun 2017 was held 22 Jun at 3 pm at HIA Office. Members were apprised of the latest position on various fronts - increase in number of member companies, financial status, security aspects of RGIP and actions being taken to further beef up security. Presentation on Metrozip services was given to the members and they were informed about the increase in fleet of buses and various actions being taken to improve the commute for the employees.

    The event started with Mr Anil Patwardhan welcoming the members. He asked them to be proactively involved in aspects related to HIA. Col Bhogal, COO HIA explained the latest on Infrastructure being developed in Hinjawadi and the approach roads that were being developed to ease traffic situation.

    Post the presentations, informal discussions and questions and answer sessions on all issues were held and the employees' queries and doubts on a host of subjects related to RGIP were answered.

    Towards the end of the function, Mr Sunil Advani, the outgoing member of the Managing Committee was presented a memento on behalf of all members. In his acceptance speech Mr Advani recalled his association with HIA and the long journey from inception of HIA in 2008.

    A memento was also presented to Mr RavichandranMadhukarai, outgoing Secretary HIA . It was accepted on his behalf by his colleague from Wipro Mr Deepak Trehan.

    The event culminated in informal interactions over high tea.

     

    YOGA DAY 2017 CELEBRATIONS AT RGIP

    International Yoga day was celebrated at Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park with much fanfare and a lot of participation by employees. Enthusiastic employees attended the event in their respective companies and actively participated in the Yoga exercises.

    The President HIA led from the front – taking part in Yoga at KPIT. The event was used to reinforce the importance of Yoga and the need to regularly do Yoga to keep oneself fit and healthy.

    Pictures of International Yoga Day celebrations at some company premises……….


    PRESIDENT HIA ON BIG RADIO 95 FM

    President HIA Mr Anil Patwardhan interacted with RJ Sangram on Big Radio 95.0 FM on Fri, 26 May 17. During the interaction conducted in Marathi, the President deliberated upon numerous issues concerning Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park (RGIP) and the employees working there.

    Mr Patwardhan elaborated upon various initiatives being taken at RGIP, a notable one being provision of good transport facilities through 'Metrozip' services. He encouraged the employees to make use of this facility and thus help the environment and reduce traffic congestion at Hinjawadi. The President also highlighted the initiatives being taken with regard to safety of employees, especially women employees through deployment of the Joint Security Task Force (JSTF) QRTs, conduct of various training capsules and creation of new initiatives like 'Buddy Cop' with help of Civil Police. He was especially thankful to the office of CP Pune for introducing the concept of ‘Buddy Cop’ to RGIP.

    Mr Patwardhan brought out that the first batch of 50 women had just undergone the Self-Defence training capsule at HIA on 24 May. The training focussed on making the women aware of their daily surroundings and how to be conscious of their safety in every situation, even one that appears very safe – like the compounds of their residential colonies or the premises of their companies. This was a pilot capsule and such capsules would now be conducted by companies inside their respective premises.

    RJ Sangram who has been exposed earlier to the functioning of HIA lauded the work being done by the Association and the President. Mr Anil Patwardhan emphasised that it was the combined efforts of MIDC officials, the Police officers at Hinjawadi Police Station, the HIA Managing Committee members as also the various Committee members like the Security and Safety Committee, Transport Operations Committee etc that resulted in various successful initiatives at RGIP.


    HIA CONDUCTS TRAINING IN SELF DEFENCE FOR WOMEN

    HIA tied up with KBK- Raksha, an agency with trained personnel to conduct a 2 –hour workshop on "Safety Awareness and Counter Measures" for working women from HIA member companies.

    A batch of 50 women underwent the first training capsule at HIA on 24 May. The programme was enthusiastically received with active participation by all. The training focussed on making the women aware of their daily surroundings and how to be conscious of their safety in every situation, even one that appears very safe – like the compounds of their residential colonies or the premises of their companies. The women were also introduced to basic moves for countering any threat.

    This was a pilot capsule and based on feedback received from all participants – which has been extremely positive – such capsules will now be conducted by companies inside their respective premises.

    Few pictures to capture the mood and enthusiasm of the participants……….


    HOSTING OF STUDENTS FROM GADCHIROLI

    HIA is delighted to have hosted 90 students and staff from the Naxal hit areas of Gadchiroli on 11 Jan 2017. The students were welcomed as part of the initiative to expose them to areas outside their villages, and give them first-hand information of the development that peace can bring. The students were hosted by Tata Technologies Limited and were taken around the company. They were shown the kitchen and food facility operation as also the garbage separation method adopted to keep the area clean.

    The children were immensely happy with the visit and the interaction. Many students confided that this was their first exposure to such a facility. The children were offered sumptuous snacks and refreshments which they enjoyed thoroughly.

    We at HIA are extremely happy to have been able to make a small difference in the lives of the students from Gadchiroli, and pray that they see development in their areas.

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    Members Meet

    The Quarterly Members’ Meet for members of HIA was held on 15 Dec 16 at HIA Hall. The meet was an excellent opportunity for all member companies and employees to understand the various actions and initiatives undertaken by HIA to improve the life at RGIP, Hinjawadi.

    The meeting commenced with Mr Anil Patwardhan, President HIA welcoming all members to the meet. He also presented an update on the various activities and initiatives undertaken by HIA. He further brought out the details of various meetings held with Govt officials to put forth requirements of RGIP.

    Mr Unmesh Bhatija, Treasurer HIA then gave the update on the Finance & Treasury and other aspects related to the income and expenditure at HIA .

    In absence of Chairperson Infra Committee, Col Charanjeet S. Bhogal gave an update on the progress of Infra related issues followed by Col Jaideep Lele, Chairperson of the Transport Ops Committee and Maj Mayank Gupta, Chairperson of the Security and Safety Committee presented the work done by their respective Committees.

    Presentations By Metrozip Verticals. A novel aspect of the evening was the promotional presentations by all three Metrozip verticals, to the members of the HIA. Presentations by Metrozip Delight, Metrozip and Metrozip Green were extremely informative andwell received by the members.

    Open floor followed thereafter and many queries and doubts raised by the members were answered. Informal discussions and suggestions from the members were received and noted for implementation.

    The meet ended with the members enjoying the sumptuous spread laid out in the hall.


    Annual General Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting of HIA was held at The Gateway-Taj on 29 Sep at 5.30 pm onwards. The event was attended by 45 representatives of member companies in addition to various invitees.

    After welcoming the members, Mr Anil Patwardhan, outgoing President presented the Annual General Report for the year 15-16. He also brought out the highlights of various activities undertaken by the Managing Committee and by the HIA over the past one year and the planned activities that would be taken up by the HIA over the next year or so.

    Col Jaideep Lele, Chairperson Transport Ops Committee explained the arduous and challenging road taken by MetroZip to reach where it is at present. This was followed by Mr Sunil Advani, Chairperson, Infra Committee explaining the progress made through efforts of the HIA Infrastructure Committee including roads and waste management. Maj Mayank Gupta, Chairman Security and Safety Committee highlighted the sustained efforts taken for introducing new initiatives to make RGIP a safer and more secure place. Finally, Mr Kedar Paranjpye, as Chairperson, explained the work done by the Facilities Co-ordination Committee in sharing the best practices across companies.

    Conduct of Election to Managing Committee. The floor was handed over to Col Raman Sharma, Returning Officer to conduct the elections for the Managing Committee. The following were elected unopposed to the Managing Committee for the next two years: -

    (a) Mr Anil Patwardhan, President.
    (b) Mr SK Kulkarni, Vice President.
    (c) Mr MN Ravichandran, Secretary.
    (d) Mr Unmesh Bhatija, Treasurer.
    (e) Mr Sunil Advani, Member.
    (f) Mr Kedar Paranjpye, Member.
    (g) Ms Rucha Ambekar, Member.

    Thereafter, Mr SK Kulkarni, Vice President took the stage and conducted a very interesting and interactive session where members put across a lot of constructive suggestions and views for enabling HIA to achieve more in the times to come.

    Finally, Mr SK Kulkarni, Vice President in his Vote of Thanks acknowledged the contribution of all sub -committees of HIA and member companies and thanked all participants for their valuable inputs. He asked them for their sustained support as hitherto fore, to all activities of HIA.

    The meeting culminated with a Gala dinner and members were seen heartily enjoying their drinks and the sumptuous spread.