A one day seminar was organized by iCEM on the occasion of Foundation day of MEAI Ahmedabad Chapter’s Foundation day and felicitating it with B.K Antia memorial lecture. The topic for the seminar was “Corporate Social Responsibility in Mining: A Mandate inclusive & Sustainable growth”. The event hada huge presence of dignitaries from GMDC, MEAI Ahmedabad Chapter, Ambuja Cement, GHCL, GPCL, KPMG, PwC, Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd. and many more. Then family members of the late Shri B.K Antia were also present at the event and were felicitated with mementos. The event was started by a brief introductory lecture by Shri A. L Thakor. He welcomed the dignitaries on the dais and gave an idea of CSR activity to the participants. The guests were welcomed with bouquets and the event took off after lighting the lamp by the chief guests of the event. Afterthat Shri S. B Vora gave a brief eulogy to Late Shri B. K. Antia followed by a brief presentation on MEAI Ahmedabad Chapter by Shri S. N. Mathur. The speakers enlightened the participants as well as the guests with their informative presentations and answered various questions by the participants after every session. The speakers were acknowledged with mementos after the session and were thoroughly engaging in their speeches. The event ended with great enthusiasm and appreciation from the participants as well as the guests.

Speaker 1: Shri K. S Raju
(Former Controller General, Indian Bureau of Mines)
Mr. K. S. Raju is a renowned expert on Geology, Mining, Mineral Beneficiation and Mineral Economics of India today. He has 36 years of experience in the field of mineral characterization, mineral beneficiation and mining He was the Director of Mineral Processing Division in Indian Bureau of Mines and Controller General of Indian Bureau of Mines. He was also holding additional charge of Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Centre (JNARDDC). He was a life member of IIME, Mining Engineers Association of India (MEAI) and Mining, Geological and Metallurgical Institute (MGMI) and also the President of Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers (IIME).

He started off by reminiscing the great works done scientist B. K Antia in the field of mining. He gave a tribute to the late legend and listed his contribution to the field. He then gave a detailed presentation about the mining sector in India right from preindependence to post-independence era. He presentation left the students enlightened and surprised after knowing the facts of mining and its future in India.

The session was then followed by a tea-break. The session after the tea-break was coached by Shri Joel Evans who invited and introduced the next speakers.

Speaker 2: Shri Nehal Sheth
(Director, KPMG)
Shri Nehal Sheth is a Director with KPMG in India and is a part of the tax and regulatory services practice for Gujarat. He has over 11 years experience in providing tax and regulatory services. He has professional experience in advising clients in areas of corporate tax, transfer pricing, foreign investment, joint venture arrangements, corporate law and other regulatory laws around 11 years. He has been advising various multinational & Indian clients on a variety of tax and regulatory matters. He has contributed to the Guidance note on Transfer Pricing issued by ICAI.

He has given presentations at various forums such as WIRC, IFA, etc. He started his speech by talking about Company Law 2013 and its nitty-gritty followed by a presentation on the topic” CSR in India- Company Law aspects”. He explained the particularities of CSR and laws associated with it and also gave a few relative examples. He ended his speech by thanking the participants and acknowledging the dignitaries.

Speaker 3: Richa Tiwari
(Manager-Legal, Power Waterhouse Coopers Ltd.)
Ms. Richa is a Manager in the Legal Team based at the Gurgaon office of PwC. She is a Law Graduate and a history graduate. She has eight years of significant diverse experience of drafting/vetting shareholders/Foreign collaboration & Joint Venture agreements, JV negotiations, Mergers, Acquisition and Takeovers, Due Diligence identifying Corporate Law, Labour Law, Industrial Law, Exchange Control Regulations and other regulatory issues along with business advisory services. Prior to joining PwC, she was at Fox Mandal & Co. where she advised a plethora of clients on a wide range of issues including acquisitions and due diligences. Her rich experience of Corporate Structuring and Restructuring includes deal advisory, advising and assisting for M&A, JVs, and Takeover Code and other related regulatory and contractual issues.She has an extensive experience in the sectors like Energy, Retail Trade, Automobile, Infrastructure, Civil Aviation, Financial Services, FMCG, Real Estate etc. Ms. Richa has handled various assignments involving contractual advisory, structuring and documentation in the power sector. Ms Richa Tiwari started her speech by giving a presentation about Company Act 2013 and its inclusions. She also answered the questions by the curious participants and cleared their doubts about the law.

The session ended for a lunch break and was commenced by coach Shri Sushil Bhandari, (Director, Earth Resource Technology Consultant, Jodhpur) in which the speakers were to present case studies of their respective organisations’ CSR activities.

Speaker 4: Shri M. Kartikeyan
(Deputy General Manager-CSR, Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd.)
Shri M. Karthikeyan passed B.E. (CIVIL & STRUCTURAL). After graduation, he joined in NLC as Graduate Engineer Trainee in December 1980. He worked in the Project Construction of 2nd Thermal Power Station in various positions. He was involved in the Formation of Garland Canal in Canal Division/Mine II. He assumed charge as Estate Officer in the Township Administration for 8 Years. He was involved in the Peripheral development Scheme works of LA-R&R department for 8 years. Presently he is in-charge of Execution wing of CSR Cell in Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd.

He showcased the work done by NLC in the region around the mines. They have developed schools, sanitation and medical facilities which have brought in development and proper livelihood facilities.

Speaker 5: Shri P.N. Rao
Sr. General Manager (Commercial), Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Ltd.
Shri P N Rao is Science graduate with Mining Surveyor having 30 years experience in mineral and chemical industry i.e. Iron ore, limestone, lignite and salt. He started his carrier with Iron ore mines at Goa (M/s Gogte Minerals) and worked for two years i.e. 1984 to 86. Thereafter he has joined M/s GHCL Ltd ( Soda Ash Plant ) as Jr. Engineer in 1986 at Plant worked for limestone, lignite and salt and subsequently transferred to Ahmedabad to look after commercial functions of bulk raw materials (4 million MT per annum) and other developmental activities in raw material. Along with this he is Vice President of Gujmin Industry Association, Ahmedabad; MC Member in Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI); Mineral Committee Member of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi and Past President of the Indian Salt Manufactures Association, Mumbai.

He gave a presentation which showcased the CSR activities done by GHCL in Saurashtra district. He displayed a number of pictures which showed the development in small water bodies and sanitation of the locals.

Speaker 6: Shri Chandrakant Kumbhani
General Manager (Community Development), Ambuja Cement Foundation
Chandrakant Kumbhani heads community development programme at Ambuja
Cement Foundation (ACF). He has over 18 years of experiences in rural development programme. He had earned his engineering in agriculture from Gujarat Agriculture University, Junagadh in 1996. He was selected as one of the 20 professionals from India to undergo fully sponsored Swedish Institute Management Programme on Sustainability graduating as diploma in Sustainability in 2013. Key objective of the program was to explore relationship between sustainability and profitability of businesses. He is working with ACF for more than 9 years and oversees community development program of ACF spread across 12 states in India.

He started his speech by giving a presentation about his organisation’s notable work in order to bring about development in the surrounding regions of the plant. He stated that Ambuja Cement has its Community development cell in various states like Gujarat, Punjab, Uttarakhand etc. Where it has a number of community development initiatives in education, sanitation and basic medical facilities in rural areas.

Speaker 7: Shri A.K. Garg
General Manager, Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. Project-Panandhro
Shri A.K. Garg passed BE (Mining) from Jodhpur in 1985. He joined Coal India in 1985, worked in various Under Ground and opencast mines of CIL. He joined GMDC in 1987 and worked almost all the Lignite Projects of GMDC. Presently he is working as General Manager (Project) at Lignite Project, Panandhro & having Additional charge of ATPS Power Plant. He gave a detailed presentation in which he showcased the presentation of the development work done by around Panandharo.

He answered the questions of the fellow participants and quenched their curiosity.

Speaker 8: Shri N. R. Parmar
Deputy General Manager – CSR, Gujarat Industries Power Companies Ltd. CEO, Deep Trust
Shri Parmar passed BE (Civil) from Gujarat University in 1988. He passed Post Graduate Diploma in Material Management. (PGDMM) and Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Management. (PGDRDM) He started his careers as Site Engineer in M/s Pandya Associates (Architect, Engineers, and Contractor & Builders) in the year 1988. He served as Program Engineer and Program Manager in Aga Khan Rural Support Program (I) for 5 years. He is CEO of Development Efforts for Rural Economy and People (DEEP) Trust, an NGO promoted by Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited. Currently he is working in Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited as Deputy General Manager in CSR Department.

He gave a quick presentation of the work done by GPCL . He said that GPCL has tie-ups with various NGOs such as DEEP which helps in regulating CSR activities. They have done a lot of community development in the field of sanitation, hygiene, basic amenities and education in the rural areas where GPCL’s plants lay. He also showed the images of before and after the development process of the respective regions.