HINDU BUSINESS LINE - WE NEED TO ‘GALVANISE’ THE ECONOMY

9th August 2017 – Opinion Page
Galvanised steel will bolster rail safety. Cars and infra projects will suffer fewer corrosion and maintenance issues.
SUNIL DUGGAL  
Consumption of zinc has grown in India over time, helping sectors such as infrastructure, cosmetics, medicines, paints, rubber, surgical tools, plastics, textiles, soaps and batteries expand and grow. But corrosion losses impact India’s GDP considerably every year.

This can be checked if we promote galvanisation (cover metals with zinc) in construction. Western countries mandate the use of galvanising for steel structures used in building bridges, highways, airports, metro stations, railway stations, etc.

Zinc is the fourth most widely consumed metal in the world — after iron, aluminium and copper. Almost 50 per cent of the zinc mined across the world is used for galvanising, 17 per cent for zinc alloying, 17 per cent for brass and bronze making, 6 per cent in zinc semi-manufactures, 6 per cent in chemicals, and 4 per cent for other miscellaneous purposes.

India’s consumption of zinc is rising day by day as new sectors are being explored to take advantage of zinc. But its potential remains unrealised..

Coastal infrastructure
Use of Galvanised rebars in construction near coastal areas: Corrosion is one of the major reasons for deterioration of concrete structures built near coastal areas. Coastal salts coupled with humidity can corrode exposed metal surfaces and penetrate any opening in the building.

Coastal infrastructure within a range of 5 km is more prone to corrosions and becomes progressively worse closer to the marine source.

According to a study by the American Institute of Architects, it is essential to use hot dip galvanised steel to make such coastal infrastructure-decay resistant. Galvanised steel provides the much needed strength to rebars.

Auto sector
Use of galvanised car bodies: Globally there has been a discrepancy in using galvanised car bodies. Indian car manufacturers use about 3 per cent galvanised steel for cars manufactured and sold in the domestic market. However, they over 70 per cent galvanised steel in exports to markets in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Indian consumers don’t demand galvanised steel due to lack of awareness on the long term benefits of galvanised vehicles. 

Car makers in Europe, North America, Korea and Japan have been using galvanised steel for car body panels for decades and provide anti-corrosion and perforation warranties for a minimum of 10 years.

In India, the customers are advised to pay for extra coatings to protect the body of the car after purchase. More than 60 per cent of the cars in India have surface rust which reduces steel strength and the life of the car, leading to safety hazard.

Steel has been used to make automobiles since the early 1900s but corrosion resistance features became standard in vehicles beginning in the early 1980s when Japanese cars gained entrance to the US market.

Globally, the annual consumption of zinc for auto-bodies today is roughly 120,000 tonnes. There is almost no galvanised steel on Chinese-made vehicles except for exports from China by Volkswagen, General Motors and others which also means that 20 million cars in China are not using galvanised steel.

Globally, galvanised steel car bodies have been shown to experience minimal corrosion attack which protects the structural integrity and safety of the vehicle, improves the resale value, provides consumer protection due to anticipated warranty improvements by the car companies, lowers maintenance costs of under-body and structural components due to the use of zinc coated steel, and saves consumers the costs of after-market anti-corrosion treatments and annual inspections.

The railways
Corrosion of rails and fish plates: Galvanising of railway tracks would not only be a significant initiative towards safety of trains but would also give more life to the railway tracks. India’s rail tracks, spanning over 125,000 km, happen to be the world’s third largest. The annual loss due to pre-replacement of corroded rails is about Rs 440 crore. Many accidents have been attributed to fishplates. Not just the fish-plates, even the bolts need protection, protection from corrosion.

Experts have estimated losses of almost 4 per cent of GDP per year on account of corrosion which may be avoided if the railway tracks are galvanised. One of the significant aspects of railway track maintenance is the detection of corrosion and the replacement of corroded rails.

Corrosion reduces the life of rails to nearly half its expected life. The rails have a life of 800 gross million tonnes which works to approximately 12-13 years under normal traffic conditions in India. The shorter life of rails resulting from absence of galvanising increases track maintenance workload. Corrosion increases the pace of rails replacement and interferes with normal railway movement causing inconvenience to passengers and freight movers and revenue losses to the Railways. 

According to a site inspection carried out by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (eastern circle) PK Acharya, rusted rails could have caused derailment near Kanpur that left 146 people dead and over 200 injured. The International Zinc Association advocates that Indian Railways require corrosion- free tracks in case India is considering Bullet Trains.

Energy sector
Zinc powers the electricity distribution network: Since the advent of high voltage lines, hot-dip galvanised steel has been used in the electric utility market. Whether in a generation facility, substation, lattice tower, or renewable energy components, galvanised steel has been a backbone of any global economy.

According to a study by the American Iron and Steel Institute, close to 1 million steel distribution poles have been installed in the United States since 1998 and are being used by more than 600 US electric utilities. India might be having more poles but how many are galvanised is still to be assessed.

When India is looking ahead providing electricity in every village and progressively moving towards Smart Cities project, Digital India and Make in India, the very basis of infrastructure, the power transmission, needs to be protected for many years.

If these four sectors mandate to address the issue of corrosion and related safety, it would lead to not just efficiency and savings worth millions of dollars for the Indian economy, but also build long-lasting infrastructure. 

The writer is CEO of Hindustan Zinc.

SMT. ANITA BADHEL INAUGURATES 2 NAND GHARS IN UDAIPUR, DEDICATES 318 ANGANWADI CENTRES IN KHUSHI

So far, more than 100 “Nand Ghars” have been constructed across three states and 2911 Anganwadi Centres have joined “Khushi” Project…

On 4th August, 2017, 2 more “Nand Ghars” - Dhawaditalai and Main Rawa were inaugurated in Rawa village of Girwa Block at Udaipur District by Chief Guest – Smt. Anita Bhadel – Hon’ble Minister of Women and Child Development, Government of Rajasthan and now 20 Nand Ghars have been constructed in Udaipur district with 100 more Nand Ghars in pipeline.

During the inaugural ceremony, Smt. Bhadel said “For the progress of the country, along with infrastructure development, it is important to focus on  human development. Anganwadis strengthens the foundation of children below the age of seven years - their nutrition, health and education. Government and Vedanta Hindustan Zinc have come forward with well-equipped facilities for both mother and child including skill training for women in the form of ‘Nand Ghar’. Now communities have to take the responsibility of Nand Ghars to make it successful”.

To make the project more cohesive, “Nand Ghar” act as a focal area for immunisation, gender sensitisation and maternal care. It also aims to enhance the learning environment through an e-learning module and skill enhancement program for women where they will undergo entrepreneurship training, including skill enhancement, to start their own micro enterprise with credit linkages, thereby increasing their contribution towards the Indian economy.

During her visit to Udaipur, Smt. Bhadel also launched “Khushi” project in Chawand village wherein 318 Anganwadi Centres of Sarada Block have been included under the project as part of Phase-2.

During the launch program, Smt. Bhadel said “Through Khushi project, Anganwadi program will be strengthened to improve attendance, health and the well-being of Anganwadi children. Now communities have to come forward and support it by actively participating in it".

In year 2015, Hindustan Zinc signed the MoU with Government of Rajasthan to strengthen 3055 Anganwadis of the ICDS Department in 5 districts i.e. Udaipur, Rajsamand, Chittorgarh, Bhilwara and Ajmer of Rajasthan under its flagship project “Khushi” in 2 phases.


Last year under “Khushi” project, Hindustan Zinc reached out to 2295 Anganwadi centres in 5 districts of Rajasthan in phase 1. So far in Udaipur district, Hindustan Zinc with partner NGO – Seva Mandir has included 1157 Anganwadi Centres under “Khushi” Project.

VEDANTA HINDUSTAN ZINC OPENS 2 NAND GHARS IN AJMER, RAJASTHAN

Delivering long-term benefits to communities by strengthening the foundation of children below the age of seven years their nutrition, health and education… 

The report says, there are 7.5 crore underprivileged children living in remote rural areas, below the age of seven years, who are in need of proper nutrition, health care and education. Our primary focus, therefore, is to start at the grass root level with the holistic development of children and women, who form the future of our nation.

This is where, Vedanta came up with the concept of “Nand Ghar" designed in partnership with the ministry of women and child development. It is an extension to the existing Anganwadi initiative for providing a better environment to the children of India by addressing issues relating to pre-primary education, health care, nutrition and economic empowerment for women in rural India.

Mr. Anil Agarwal – Chairman, Vedanta Group believes “In order to secure the future of India, we have to safeguard the present. To strengthen the foundation of children, it is important to address issues relating to pre-primary education, health care, nutrition for children and economic empowerment for women in rural India”.

Taking his vision forward, Vedanta has joined hands with the Government to revamp 4000 anganwadi centres across India under the Project ‘Nand Ghar’. Today, more than 100 “Nand Ghars” across three states has resulted in marked improvement in attendance, learning abilities and school readiness, by deploying e-learning modules in education and soft skills in collaboration with world-class partners and they are now equipped with TVs, solar panels and toilets

On 31st July, 2017, 2 “Nand Ghars” - Khanpura & Parbatpura have also been inaugurated in Ajmer District by the Chief Guest - Ms. Anita Bhadel – Hon’ble Minister of Women and Child Development, Government of Rajasthan and with this 10 Nand Ghars have been constructed in Ajmer district with 25 more Nand Ghars are in pipeline.

During the inaugural ceremony, Ms. Bhadel said “Government and Vedanta Hindustan Zinc have done their bit by providing well equipped facilities for primary education, nutrition services along with related healthcare services for both mother and child including skill training for women, it’s now the communities have to come forward and support it by actively participating in it.” She also mentioned that if a mother anchors the responsibility of her child’s education, the benefit will percolate to her next 7 generations.

To make the project more cohesive, “Nand Ghar” act as a focal area for immunisation, gender sensitisation and maternal care. It also aims to enhance the learning environment through an e-learning module and skill enhancement program for women where they will undergo entrepreneurship training, including skill enhancement, to start their own micro enterprise with credit linkages, thereby increasing their contribution towards the Indian economy.

The Nand Ghars are in line with Prime Minister of India’s vision of social development and will prove to be a stepping stone for building the future human capital as productive, passionate and persistent towards the growth.


Also present on the occasion were Mrs. Neelima Khetan – Head CSR, HZL, Mr. Sampat Sankhla – Dy. Mayor, Ajmer,  Mrs. Anupama Tailor – Dy. Director, Women & Child Development, Mr. Nitesh Yadav - ICDS, Mr. Raes Ahemad - Counsellor along with Anganwadi workers and Hindustan Zinc’s CSR representatives.

HINDUSTAN ZINC AWARDED FOR SOLAR INNOVATION & EXCELLENCE

Hindustan Zinc received Solar Innovation & Excellence Award at the 2nd Annual Conference-Expo-Awards - Roadmap for Innovations in Solar Energy 2017 (RISE 2017) for 12 MW Debari Solar Project.


The award was presented by Mr. Ashwin kumar Khatri, Director General of Mission Energy Foundation in a glittering function held in Delhi on 21st July 2017. On behalf of Hindustan Zinc, Mr. Vishnu Khandelwal, Team Lead - Renewable & CDM and Mr. R L Sharma, Electrical Head - Zinc Smelter Debari received the award.

HINDUSTAN ZINC TO SPEND RS. 80 CRORES ON EXPANSION OF SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT TO 60 MLD IN UDAIPUR

Sustainability has always been the core value of Hindustan Zinc and all its units operate on Zero Discharge. This Sewage Treatment Plant is a significant step towards conservation of water, care for environment and a step towards zero discharge in the lakes. 

In a major relief to the people of City of Lakes, Udaipur, Hindustan Zinc will be signing an agreement with Udaipur Smart City Limited on 24th June 2017 to set-up another 40 million litres per day (MLD) capacity Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in Udaipur. It will prove to be a major step towards treatment of domestic sewage and water conservation in Udaipur.
Hindustan Zinc, India’s largest and world’s leading integrated Zinc-Lead-Silver producer had already commissioned a 20 MLD STP in Udaipur in 2014. With the additional commissioning of 40 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant, the total capacity of Sewage Treatment Plant will be now 60 MLD.
Hindustan Zinc will be signing an agreement in this regard with Udaipur Smart City Limited on 24th June 2017. The ceremony of laying the foundation stone will be held on 25th June 2017.
On this investment by the company, CEO of Hindustan Zinc, Sunil Duggal said, “The expansion in Sewage Treatment Plant will bring the much required relief to the domestic sewage of Udaipur. Hindustan Zinc has already commissioned Sewage Treatment Plant of 20 MLD capacity in 2014, and currently, we are adding Sewage Treatment Plant of 40 MLD capacity of which Sewage Treatment Plant of 25 MLD capacity will be constructed at Eklingpura, and two decentralized Sewage Treatment Plants with combined capacity of 15 MLD will be constructed along Ayad. The company is expected to spend Rs. 80 crores for this project.”

Earlier while installing the 20 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant, which was commissioned in 2014, the company had invested Rs. 170 crores that involved expenditure pertaining to laying the pipelines for carrying the sewage to the plant.
Udaipur city has been shortlisted as one of the Smart Cities in India and the treatment of domestic sewage will be a boon to the city. In addition to treating the sewage as per its capacity, in case USCL provides more than 25 MLD of sewage, Hindustan Zinc will also treat this sewage as per feasibility.

The construction of 40 MLD capacity Sewage Treatment Plants will be based on Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) process and have a provision for re-use of 50% treated water for Udaipur city. 

Hindustan Zinc has always been conscious of environment and has thus pioneered in adopting clean green technology in running its operations. Saving water has always been a focus area for Hindustan Zinc. Hindustan Zinc has persistent focus on minimal impact on environment and the company practices the policy of reduce, recycle, reuse, and reclaim.Not just treating sewage, these Sewage Treatment Plants, in the process will be generating a large quantity of manure that will be sold to the local bodies.
In its other projects to propagate water conservation, Hindustan Zinc has installed Effluent Treatment Plants with Reverse Osmosis at all smelting locations resulting in reducing fresh water foot prints of the company and also maintaining zero discharge status. The company has also constructed its first Adiabatic Cooling Towers (ACTs) to replace the conventional cooling towers. Adiabatic Cooling Towers reduce water wastage and also reduce the fresh water consumption.


Sustainability has always been the core value of Hindustan Zinc and all its units operate on Zero Discharge. This Sewage Treatment Plant is a significant step towards conservation of water, care for environment and a step towards zero discharge in the lakes.

VEDANTA KHUSHI - 264 ANGANWADI CENTRES JOIN “KHUSHI” IN KOTRA

Hindustan Zinc reaching out to 3055 Anganwadis of the ICDS Department in 5 districts of Rajasthan i.e. Udaipur, Rajsamand, Chittorgarh, Bhilwara and Ajmer…

“Care for the underprivileged children is very close to my heart” says Anil Agarwal, Chairman of Vedanta Group. “No child in India should remain malnourished and be deprived of nutrition, health and primary education” is what his vision is. In this process Vedanta initiated adoption of government run Anganwadis in the year 2008. The intervention was for a limited period, benefiting children in age-group of 0-6 years.

In year 2015, Hindustan Zinc signed the MoU with Government of Rajasthan to strengthen 3055 Anganwadis of the ICDS Department in 5 districts i.e. Udaipur, Rajsamand, Chittorgarh, Bhilwara and Ajmer of Rajasthan under its flagship project “Khushi” in 2 phases.

Last year under “Khushi” project, Hindustan Zinc reached out to 2295 Anganwadi centres in 5 districts of Rajasthan in phase 1.


As part of Phase 2, on 29th June, 2017, Hindustan Zinc with partner NGO – Seva Mandir has now included 264 Anganwadi centres in Kotra Tehsil of Udaipur district and this year, the company will be covering more than 760 Anganwadi centres in Udaipur district of Rajasthan. The Chief Guest of the event was Ms. Taru Surana – Dy. Director, ICDS, Udaipur District who unveiled “Khushi” Board to initiate the program. During the program, Ms. Taru said “Anganwadi program will be strengthened with the intervention of Hindustan Zinc to improve attendance, health and the well-being of Anganwadi children.”

 

SAFETY TOWN HALL AT HZL

Hindustan Zinc organized its Safety Town Hall Meeting on 23rd May, 2017 where in 13 Units, including Head Office, joined the live interaction. Mr. Sunil Duggal – CEO, Hindustan Zinc, Mr. Naveen Singhal – Director Projects and Mr. Pankaj Kumar, COO addressed about 2000 employees including the contract workers and recently joined GETs. The Town-Hall was conducted at Udaipur from the auditorium emphasising on safety both on-site & off site. The Town Hall also saw interactive session wherein several employees from each locations asked questions and gave suggestions towards improving safety.

SAFETY TOWN HALL AT CHANDERIYA SMELTING COMPLEX - 25TH MAY, 2017

"I had a wonderful interaction with Hindustan Zinc employees at Chanderiya on being-safe for themselves and their families." Sunil Duggal, CEO HZL



65 GETs READY TO TAKE UP ROLES AT HINDUSTAN ZINC

From 47 prestigious colleges across India, 200 GETs also joined on 12th June, 2017 including 10% female GETs…

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sunil Duggal – CEO, HZL congratulated all the engineers, geologists and other graduates for their successful completion of training program. He said “Hindustan Zinc is one of the best mining companies in India and aims to become the best Mining and Technology Company of the world and the young talent will make this dream come true. Through this rigorous training program, we wish to create future leaders of our Organization.”
An organisation may be technologically advanced but it is the people who build the brand of a company. Being India's only and world's leading Zinc producing company, Hindustan Zinc endeavours to create an empowering work environment by building a technically proficient talent pool and creating an inclusive work culture while enhancing their leadership capabilities and simultaneously creating avenues for their career growth. 
Last year, Hindustan Zinc recruited 65 dynamic engineers who have completed rigorous one year training cum development program. Initially these engineers were trained in various departments - Human Resource, Finance, Marketing, Mining and Smelting in 45 days classroom training program at Chanderiya Smelting Complex. Further, they were given on the job training at all locations of Hindustan Zinc in which they have undertaken various projects benefiting the company in terms of safety, productivity, volume and cost of production. These GETs were also assessed through digital assessment process involving weekly tests and quarterly merit.
To acknowledge these projects, Convocation cum Welcome Ceremony was organized at the Auditorium of Yashad Bhawan. 
The event commenced with safety briefing by Manish Jha (GET- Mining). Atul Sharma (GET- Mining), Aratrika Chakraborty (Engineer- Electrical), Divy Chaturvedi (Engineer-Mechanical) and Nikita Agrawal (Chemical- Engineer) shared their experiences of one year in Hindustan Zinc and encouraged the upcoming batch to learn, work-hard and enjoy the training journey.
Mr. Laxman Shekhawat - COO Mines, Mr. Pankaj Kumar - COO Smelters, Mr. Dilip Pattanayak – Head HR also welcomed the newly inducted GETs. Also present were Mr. V. Jayaraman – Head HSE, Mr. Ramakrishanan Kasinath - Head CCO, Mr. P.K. Jain - Head Corporate Relations and Mr. Sanjay Sharma – AVP HR.
Top ten performers from last year's batch were announced and they were called upon stage to receive their medals & certificates. M. Thirumurugan (Engineer-Mining) was the topper followed by Nikita Agrawal (Engineer-Chemical) and Rohit Jaiswal (Engineer- Electrical).These engineers will be given the opportunity to visit international mining companies to gain global mining experience.
Also present were 200 GETs out of which 10% are female and who have joined Hindustan Zinc on 12th June, 2017 from 47 prestigious colleges. They will undergo a 48 days meticulous training at Singhania Institute.


BUSINESS STANDARD: ADDING VALUE TO INDIA'S DEMOGRAPHIC WEALTH

Anil Agarwal  I  10th June, 2017

It is said that age is just a number, and that this number will be an advantage for India in years to come as it inches closer to becoming the youngest country in the world, and perhaps the most populous.
With women accounting for just 23 per cent of the workforce in India today as compared to China's 46 per cent, we need to look beyond the current paradigm of job seekers and job creators. Demography and economy must go hand in hand, and considering how diverse India is, our economy needs its people to fuel growth. I am confident that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already sensed this as it is aligned with his vision for launching “Skill India".
Our ultimate objective is to eradicate poverty and create employment for youth and this requires some visionary thinking. The government is already shifting focus to the growth of manufacturing industry. If we compare our economy to that of our neighbours, China for instance, as of 2015, the manufacturing industrial sectors contributed 40 per cent of China's GDP, while in India this contribution is just 25 per cent.
India is blessed with a very rich geology, and I strongly believe that India's journey to self-sufficiency in the natural resources sector, including oil and gas, has the capacity to create millions of job opportunities, which will overcome some of the greatest impediments to growth on the socio-economic and political front. We have a large amount of headroom, as mining accounts for only 2.5 per cent of India's gross domestic product, whereas in other mineral-rich countries such as Australia, it is around 10 per cent.
This process will also encourage the development of thousands of SMEs, which will lead to the building of a modern economy that will empower people and improve their lives, ultimately fuelling growth and encouraging young entrepreneurs. Efforts must also be made to ensure empowerment of women, so that they are placed in the forefront to contribute more actively towards the country's GDP.
Across the globe, educating and empowering women has proven time and again to be the catalyst for rapid socio-economic and political growth. Women form a very significant part our society and demonstrate great skill, intelligence, hard work and innovation. If we harness the potential of these attributes through a proper skill development programme, India's growth will be very equitable and inclusive.
In order to secure the future of India, we have to safeguard the present. I pledge to give 75 per cent of my wealth for the social good. To strengthen the foundation of children below the age of seven years  their nutrition, health and education  I am prepared to spearhead this responsibility in association with the government in a very structured manner. This includes nurturing 7.5 crore underprivileged children living in remote rural areas, below the age of seven years, who are in need of proper nutrition, health care and education. Our primary focus, therefore, is to start at the grass root level with the holistic development of children and women, who form the future of our nation.
It is with these objectives that we have reimagined the concept of Anganwadis, as project “Nand Ghar" (symbolising the child avatar of Lord Krishna), or “home for young ones" as centres of learning for both women and children. The project, which addresses issues relating to pre-primary education, health care, nutrition for children and economic empowerment for women in rural India, has been designed in partnership with the ministry of women and child development. These Nand Ghars have clean toilets, safe drinking water and electricity through solar panels and various education and recreation facilities.
Today, our pilot of 100 Nand Ghars across three states has shown a marked improvement in attendance, learning abilities and school readiness, by deploying e-learning modules in education and soft skills in collaboration with world-class partners. To make the model integrated, we are ensuring that the women undergo entrepreneurship training, including skill enhancement, to start their own micro enterprise with credit linkages, thereby increasing their contribution towards the Indian economy.
Nand Ghars will prove to be a stepping stone for future human capital that would be value-based, productive, passionate, and full of energy and ideas. With this upbringing, these children will contribute positively towards society and live a dignified life in future.
I firmly believe that strong social initiatives will be a game changer in terms of delivering long-term benefits to communities, and will place India at the top in the global economic arena. It is always better to bring change in the system if it simplifies procedures and brings the desired results. By incorporating facilities to empower women and children we aim to add value to India's unmatched demographic wealth. 

ECONOMIC TIMES: THREE YEARS MORNING SHOWS THE DAY

By Anil Agarwal I May 27, 2017

Demonetisation was announced on November 8, 2016. That one night changed the fortunes of many and brought good luck to many others. History was created. Some slept peacefully while others could not sleep at all. But one thing was certain: whether it was an individual or a company, an honest taxpayer had no worries.
Vedanta was among one of the many companies that stayed grounded during demonetisation. There had been no cash transactions for several years in the group companies. More than 80,000 people, directly or indirectly attached with Vedanta as employees or contract employees, stood fearless. Their faith in the Indian economy was reinstated.
Equally commending is the implementation of the goods and services tax). The uniformity in the stabilisation of the economy will bring a unique balance of trade within the country. The simpler — and the more unified — the tax structure, the better it is for the economy in the long run.
The transformation of the Indian economy was taking place by simultaneous monetisation and demonetisation. Many felt proud belonging to this new India, this modern India, a monetised India with its potential to Make in India.
Many projects like Digital India, Make in India and Swachh Bharat launched by the government are not just names coined to fulfil the needs and aspirations of people. The projects are also bringing hope, providing opportunities for many more new industries to open up and create millions of employment opportunities and help towards eradication of poverty.
Make in India has opened up new business models, the startups that want to get a taste of this dynamic new economy. Innovations have started and companies are importing global technology. For once, the world is seeing India with a new vision and a nation that can revive global economy.
If we do not initiate Make in India now, we will always remain an economy of imports. What the country would earn would only be utilised towards footing the import bill. Moreover, it would never bring prosperity in any capacity, as there would be no new jobs due to lack of new industries.
Like everyone, I too have a dream. I hope to make India the world’s largest zinc, aluminium and iron ore producer in the world. I hope to further maximum production of oil and gas for India so we can reduce our import bill. I also want to make the country self-sufficient in gold, fertiliser and technology.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently stated that the development of natural resources can be a game-changer for creating employment for millions. It’s a matter of time before our natural resources are sustainably developed to strengthen the economy and create millions of jobs to eradicate poverty, particularly in rural India.

FINANCIAL EXPRESS: REGULATORY FRAMEWORK: VEDANTA RESOURCES’ ANIL AGARWAL SAYS ‘CREATE AN UMBRELLA MINISTRY FOR NATURAL RESOURCES’

By Anil Agarwal I Published: May 15, 2017


Vedanta fully endorses the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi Ji on utilization of immense human capital clubbed with natural resources of India for creation of millions of employment opportunities in India and making India a USD 5 trillion economy in the next few years.  A recent Morgan Stanley report also stated that with government policies and massive disruptive workforce Indian economy is well placed to reach USD 5 trillion mark by 2025.

The United States of the early to mid- 1900's has some striking parallels with the India of today. It was around this time that America began its journey towards becoming the world’s largest economy.

The biggest factors that propelled the growth and transformation of the US were technology, natural resources, manufacturing and private enterprise; a few men who dreamt big helped create the modern America. Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, J P Morgan and Henry Ford with their entrepreneurial spirit and innovative approach built businesses that helped make the transition to the modern industrial era. They laid the foundations of the American steel industry, oil and gas, natural resources and mining, manufacturing, finance and infrastructure building including roads, rail and ports.

America’s growth journey has some lessons for India. Both are large vibrant democracies with abundant natural resources. While America benefited from a large flow of immigrants in search of the American dream, India has a large population in the working age group. More importantly, like the US, India has people with entrepreneurial spirit who can visualize a new India and unleash its potential.

India is a country with one of the largest reserves of natural resources in the world, the transformational potential of India’s resources sector is immense. Over $1-Trillion treasure is waiting to be explored in India. An open and simple exploration policy for extraction of natural resources will make India an economic powerhouse that will have the potential to create millions of employment and eradicate poverty.

India’s current underutilization of resources tells almost an unbelievable story. Despite having a similar geology to North America, Latin America, Australia and South Africa, we produce only 20% of our natural resource requirements. The mineral exploration industry in countries such as Canada spends over $2 billion per annum in green-field exploration, whereas India spends less than $50 million. 

The scope is immense since Indian almost imports 100% oil, gold, fertilizers and even electronics.  

What surprises is the bauxite mining in India, a raw material used to make aluminium. In spite of rich reserves of over 3.5 billion tonnes, that can make India the top 5 aluminium producers in the world, India is not able to mine bauxite for the last over 35 years. India has failed to tap the large aluminium market, widely known as a green metal, and lost out to countries like China that fully imports the raw material. Even with 3.5 billion tonnes of bauxite, which is the third largest reserve of bauxite in the world, India only manages an annual production less than 2 million tonnes of aluminium. In contrast, China that has no reserves of bauxite but produces about 20 million tonnes of aluminium annually.

The story is similar in the case of iron ore. Given our reserve level, we are in a position to produce quantities matching Brazil’s and Australia’s, which produce in the range of 600 million tonnes per annum. Against this, we have so far been producing a modest quantity of over 100 million tonnes on yearly basis that also stands drastically reduced due to cap on production.

Narendra Modi Ji transparency can prove to be a milestone in the history of job creation through utilization of natural resources as this is a sector that has the potential to create employment not just in urban sector but also in rural part of the country. This is a sector that needs young engineers, chartered accountants, management graduates, geologists, community service professionals, and also unskilled manpower that is sourced almost 100% from nearby villages.

What is needed is a simple policy that auctions natural resources in the most sustainable and transparent manner, on revenue sharing basis or highest royalty. It will also encourage young start-ups who are keen to develop ancillary industries to utilize the metals using best of global technology. The key to this simple revolution lies in a simpler regulatory framework, based on transparent policies and processes, emphasising self-declaration and strong deterrents and penalties for non-compliance.

We also need to simplify and unify our regulatory and approval process across the board by reducing at least 80% of our processes as well as clearance time. This can be done using technology, automation and simpler policies and rules. A simplified regulatory and approval process could be a good enabler to get the best out of our bureaucracy.

As a suggestion, to strengthen the country’s economy form a single large ministry to deal with development of all natural resources, bring oil & gas, mines, coal and steel under single umbrella and under a strong visionary leader. This new Ministry of Natural Resource would look into the optimum development of natural resources.

These are some of the factors that also enabled America to emerge as an economic powerhouse. India can follow suit as long as all stakeholders have the will and commitment.

The world is looking at India as the next destination after China. Some of the biggest advantages that India has are its vibrant democracy, a vigilant media and an excellent legal framework.

HINDUSTAN ZINC RECEIVES DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATE AWARD 2017

Hindustan Zinc received the Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Award 2017 under the Non-Ferrous & Precious Metals category in a glittering function held in Mumbai on 1st June 2017.
This is the 9th consecutive win for Hindustan Zinc in the category. The award was presented by Mr. Arjun Ram Meghwal, Honourable Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Government of India.


Mr. Vijay Jayarama Murthy - Head, Marketing received the Award on behalf of Hindustan Zinc.

“We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go…”-Sunil Duggal-CEO, Hindustan Zinc

Sir David Frederick Attenborough, veteran broadcaster and naturalist said, “An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment. It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement, the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest.  It is greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”
I remember on my first birthday, my father planted a sapling. It was a festivity for the entire family. As I was growing I had a unique attachment with that sapling, which was growing with me, rather taller than me. Since many years it has been a symbol of love and affection as my childhood memories have been associated with it.

The thought of planting sapling was never out of environment protection but for affection as we knew nature was quite capable of taking care of itself and most importantly of us.

I always understood two aspects of nature - its ‘significance’ and its ‘power’.  I use the word ‘power’ to describe the nature because the nature is not defenceless. It does not need our mercy. The way we care for it today is the same way it is going to deal with us tomorrow.

Today on the occasion of World Environment Day, I am not going to narrate methods to protect environment or nature or save endangered species or develop biospheres & horticulture parks or beautify land through reclamations and plant more trees. That I know and believe that all of us are dedicated to save energy, water and we are using best of global technology to make our operations as much environment caring.

Today, I want to express my perspective of care for environment, beyond compliance.

You would have noticed, where the quality of life goes down for the environment, the quality of life will go down for the humans.
We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go.
Sometimes, just take a break and think - what have we given back to the nature who has given us its heart and soul from past millions of years.

Albert Einstein said, Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. American naturalist, author - John Muir said, ‘in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.’
I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer. Reserve and preserve it for the future of your children.

Trust me, one day, you would see the same nature nurturing our future generations.

HINDUSTAN ZINC CELEBRATES WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY


Employees and their Families participated and Nandghar children became guardian of the planet Earth... 

Hindustan Zinc celebrated “World Environment Day” on 4th & 5th June, 2017 at Head Office and at all its business locations. Hindustan Zinc believes World Environment Day is the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care of the Earth and to become agents of change.

During the occasion, Plantation drive was carried out at Zinc Park on 4th June, 2017 where Mr. Sunil Duggal – CEO, HZL, the Chief Guest of the program said ‘I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer. Reserve and preserve it for the future of your children.

Various activities like exhibition, painting competition, inauguration of vermi compost set-up were planned to involve employees, their families and children. Painting competition was organized for children of employees on ‘Connecting People to Nature’, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, to encourage people to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate the beauty of planet, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth for prosperity.

Mr. V Jayaraman – Head EOHS, Mr. Ramakrishnan Kasinath – Head Commercial, Ms. Sonal Shrivastava – Dy. CFO, Ms. Neelima Khetan – Head CSR, Mr. Akhilesh Shukla  - Unit Head R&D - CRDL and other HZL employees along with their families also participated to make the planet greener’.

On 5th June, 2017, Mr. Sunil Duggal, CEO celebrated World Environment Day with children of Padakhadri Nandghar in Udaipur along with his wife Mrs. Ramdeep Duggal.

Mr. Duggal planted a Guava Tree at Nandghar with little Runika and  Mrs. Duggal planted a Mango tree with naughty Jitu. Hindustan Zinc also pledged to plant one fruit tree at every Nandghar. Apart from fruit trees, a seasonal vegetable garden was also set up at the Padakhadri Nandghar.

On this occasion, Mr. Duggal said – ‘let the children become the guardians of this planet, and let Nandghar teach them about caring and nurturing the environment’. During their visit to Nandghar, he interacted with children, participated enthusiastically in their poem recitation and other activites.

Mrs. Duggal also interacted with the parents of Nandghar children to understand the growth and change they see in their children.

Mr. Pavan Kaushik – Head Corporate Communication said “Hindustan Zinc has implemented extensive green belt development projects and has around 1.4 million of green cover around its operations.”


Also present were Mr. Manoj Nashine - Unit Head, Zinc Smelter Debari, Ms. Neelima Khetan - Head CSR, Ms. Priyanka Singh - CEO Seva Mandir and other representatives of HZL & Seva Mandir.


ASK FOR ZINC - SEA VIEW V/S SEE VIEW

Who does not want to have a bungalow or flat facing sea.  Globally, everyone wants to stay in room in a hotel that is facing sea-view. The mesmerising nature has its own depth like ocean which cannot be measured. But not many know that the coastal environment causes severe damage to the building structure and envelope (i.e., exterior doors, windows, skylights, exterior wall coverings, soffits, roof systems, and attic vents). When steel reinforcement corrodes, the corrosion product occupies more than three times the volume of the original steel, exerting great disruptive tensile stress on the surrounding concrete, leading to further cracking, more weather access and further corrosion. In mild cases, rust staining occurs whereas in more serious cases severe spalling of concrete may occur and ultimately the concrete members may fail completely.

The corrosive effect of salt-laden, wind-driven moisture in coastal areas cannot be overstated. Salt-laden, moist air can corrode exposed metal surfaces and penetrate any opening in the building. Corrosion is most likely to attack metal connectors that are used to attach the parts of the structure to one another, such as floor joists to beams and connectors used in cross-bracing below the finished lowest floor. Galvanized connectors coated with Zinc at the rate of 0.9 ounce per square foot of surface area (designated G-90) can corrode in coastal environments at a rate of 0.1 to 0.3 millimetre/year. At this rate, the Zinc protection will be gone in 7 years. Alternatively, a G-185 coated connector, which provides twice as much protection as G-90, can corrode in less than 20 years.

More galvanized protection (more ounces of Zinc per square foot of surface area to be protected) increases service life. Corrosion can also affect fasteners for siding and connectors for attaching exterior-mounted heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning units, electrical boxes, lighting fixtures, and any other item mounted on the exterior of the building.

Corrosion of reinforcing steel is one of the most important causes of deterioration of concrete structures in coastal environment. High permeability concrete, poor design detailing and construction defects such as inadequate depth of cover allow the ingress of salt and moisture into the concrete. High concentration of salt and moisture result in accelerated corrosion of reinforcing steel thereby significantly deteriorating the concrete structure.

Corrosion is commonly associated with deposition of sea salt in presence of moisture on steel and light metals. Chloride is the most significant corrosive species in the salt particles. Corrosion is influenced by the amount of salt on the metal surface and related to speed and direction of wind, distance of structure from the shore, elevation of the structures, degree of sheltering and frequency and amount of rain washing. Other factors that influence corrosion include time of wetness, relative humidity, metal surface temperature etc. Normal steel has poor resistance in coastal atmosphere and hence requires protection for durability.

So, moral of the story is… Do have a SEA facing bungalow or flat, SEE that the steel used is Galvanised…


Hindustan Zinc awarded SEEM National Energy Management Award 2016

Energy efficiency has always been one of the top priorities for Hindustan Zinc.

In recognition of these efforts, Hindustan Zinc’s DSC CPP won SEEM National Energy Management Award 2016 under Power Plant Industries Category for implementation of various power saving projects for reducing the specific energy consumption. The Award was given by  Mr. K.K. Chakraborthy - Energy Economist and Dr. Jayant Sathaye - 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Winning team member, University  of California, Berkeley in a glittering award ceremony held on 26th May 2017 at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) Hall, Ahmedabad. 

Hindustan Zinc has Thermal Captive Power Plants located at Chanderiya, Dariba and Zawar with a total power generation capacity of 474 MW.The Company has green energy farms with 274 MW of power generation capacity in Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.  Mr. A.K. Singh - General Manager, CPP and Mr. Rupak Sarkar - Associate Manager, CPP  from DSC CPP received the Award on behalf of Hindustan Zinc. 





ECONOMIC TIMES - HINDUSTAN ZINC SETS UP MINING ACADEMY TO TRAIN YOUTH


KOLKATA: Hindustan Zinc (HZL) has set up a mining academy to train youth in mining. The company will invest Rs 30 crore in next 5 years to train some 500 personnel in response to a growing need for skilled technical manpower in the country’s natural resources... sector.
The latter has been attracting best of talent among engineers and management trainees in the last 10 years, including a growing number of women who are joining the fray. A number of international experts have joined at key positions to explore natural resources, to improve metal recovery and build a future of sustainable mining. This lead HZL to identify areas in under-ground mining where need of skilled manpower is being felt. Two distinct roles that of Jumbo Drill Operator and Winding Engine Operators were identified, both positions that are currently being fulfilled by expats.
HZL thus decided to set up what is perhaps the first Mining Academy that would train ITI pass-outs in Jumbo Drill Operations and in Winding Engine Operations, who would also have training in Banks-men and Bellman Operations.
The academy has been set-up in collaboration with Skill Council for Mining Sector and training partner Indian Institute of Skill Development Pvt. Ltd. Commenting on the initiative, Sunil Duggal, CEO, HZL said: “The prime objective of setting up the Mining Academy in Rajasthan is to enhance employability of eligible youth. Hindustan Zinc completely endorses Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s thoughts on the scope of creating employment for millions in natural resources sector. The academy would provide an opportunity to ITI pass-outs, who are below the age of 30 years and academically qualified to operate after thorough training. These trainees are also given a monthly stipend of Rs 2000 to Rs 7000, linked to their performance. Currently, the training centres are in Bhilwara, Rajsamand and Zawar near Udaipur.

CEO, Hindustan Zinc - Mr. Sunil Duggal on Twitter

Dear All

We are pleased to inform you that we have launched official Twitter handle of our CEO:

Hindustan Zinc is uniquely positioned since it is world’s leading and India’s only Zinc-Lead-Silver producer, a company which is a global benchmark for the metal and mining space worldwide.

CEO Twitter handle will be interactive for sharing best practices, innovations, initiatives towards Health, Safety and Environment, and our achievements.

We are also aiming to make our CEO’s Twitter handle to be interactive for our vendors, suppliers, buyers and national & international stakeholders, including Government.


You may follow CEO’s Twitter handle www.twitter.com/ceo_hzl and share your experiences.