GUWAHATI, Feb 23 � The Bongaigaon Refinery celebrated the 39th �BGR Day� recently, a press release said. A Saran, Executive Director, hoisted the BGR flag at a ceremonial function held on the premises of the Administrative Block in the presence of a huge gathering of employees.
Addressing the gathering, Saran congratulated all the employees and ex-employees of Bongaigaon Refinery on the occasion of completion of 38 years by the refinery and expressed gratitude to the Directors, the Government of India, Government of Assam and the well-wishers for their contribution and support. Saran recalled that �Bongaigaon Refinery & Petrochemicals Limited� (BRPL) was incorporated in 1974 after the Government of India announced to set up the refinery with downstream petrochemical units on December 5, 1969.
Late Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, laid the foundation stone of the complex on January 19, 1972. Subsequently, the merger of the BRPL with IOCL on March 25, 2009 opened up a new chapter for Bongaigaon Refinery. Today the refinery has a pivotal place in the industrial scenario of the North-East region. In its 38-year journey, the Refinery made a significant contribution towards development of the region in general and lower Assam in particular.
Saran called upon the employees to make full use of the resources and potential and individually and collectively contribute to the growth and development of the organisation and the nation.
Earlier, N Kumar, GM (HR), welcomed the gathering and complimented the employees for successful completion of 38 years by the Bongaigaon Refinery. Delivering his speech on the occasion, N Huda, secretary, BGR unit of IOOA, recalled the sweet memories of erstwhile BRPL and paid tribute to the ex-employees of the refinery who by dint of hard work contributed significantly towards growth of the organisation. Focusing on the past, present and the future of the refinery, PK Sarma, general secretary, BGR Employees� Union, mentioned that the erstwhile BRPL was endowed with the unique distinction of being the first integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex in Asia and called for further growth of the refinery through resumption of petrochemical business, excise duty exemption, capacity enhancement, etc., the release added.