GUWAHATI, Jan 3 � The 49th foundation day of Guwahati Refinery was observed on Saturday.
The day�s proceedings began with a floral tribute to the bust of late Hem Baruah, litterateur and parliamentarian by refinery employees and officials, a press release said.
This was followed by an official function at the Guwahati Refinery plant canteen amidst a large gathering of employees, retired seniors and invited guests.
Chief guest HN Das, former Chief Secretary, in his speech, recollected the contributions of the leaders during the setting up of the refinery, making a particular reference to Hem Baruah and Bishnu Ram Medhi, then Chief Minister of Assam, in establishing Guwahati Refinery. He exhorted the refinery employees to strive for taking the organisation to greater heights.
Atul Chandra Baruah, retired officer and B Mikir, retired workman of Guwahati Refinery, were felicitated on the occasion. Baruah and Mikir had joined this refinery in 1960 and 1967 respectively, making them the pioneers who had seen the refinery grow from a nascent stage to what it is in present times.
Executive director of Guwahati Refinery, G Bhanumurthy, while extending his New Year wishes to the employees and assembled guests, spoke on the Indian economic scenario post-global meltdown and also dwelt on Indian Oil's performance so far in the year gone by as well as the new ventures taken up by the organisation in the areas of petrochemical business, alternate energy, etc.
Bhanumurthy also spoke on the emerging challenges for the refinery and urged all to strive hard to focus on the goals and achieve them while keeping safety considerations in mind at all times.
A free health check-up-cum-awareness camp was organised for the contractors, workers and drivers in the morning. Physically-challenged individuals, particularly young children, of Sonapur area near Guwahati were provided with aid by Bhanumurthy and other senior officials at another event held on the occasion.
The recipients of these aid were mobilised with the help of an NGO, Swabalambi, which is working for rehabilitation, training and development of physically-challenged people of the area. Gauhati Refinery was dedicated to the nation on January 1, 1962 by the nation's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.