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International Women’s Day was celebrated at Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE). Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE exhorted women employees to be determined and treat each challenge as an opportunity. Reiterating their pertinent role, he added, that if they put their heart and mind into any task, no feat is unfathomable for women.

National Meet of Forum of Women in Public Sector (WIPS) under the aegis of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), organized in Kolkata, was inaugurated by Chief Guest, Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE and Guest of Honour, Mr. M. K. Singh, DG & CG (Home Guard), West Bengal. The meet, attended by over 600 participants from across the country, was held in presence of Dr. C. Dharini Mouli, President WIPS; CMDs, Directors and senior officers of public sector fraternity. Speakers encouraged women employees and WIPS to optimize opportunities to embrace larger roles and play a constructive role in developing leaders of tomorrow.

The Council of Indian Employers (CIE) comprising of All India Organization of Employers (AIOE), Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and Employers Federation of India (EFI) convened its meeting at SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Soma Mondal, Chairperson SCOPE & Chairperson CIE and participated by Mr. Alok B. Shriram, President, AIOE; Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE; Mr. Jasbir Singh, Vice President, AIOE; Mr. Arvind Francis, Secretary (Coordination), CIE and Mr. Sougata Roy Choudhary representing EFI along with senior officials from CIE constituents.

The meeting deliberated on strengthening the role of CIE in view of the emerging role of India in the global economies with a specific focus on the desired role of Indian employers in tripartite forums. The meeting also discussed the strategic role of CIE in various interactions & meetings organized by the Government of India and Statutory Bodies from time to time and on international tripartite forums of International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, and International Organisation of Employers (IOE).

Elucidating the announcements of Union Budget 2023, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a session with economic, financial, and taxation experts on ‘Decoding the Union Budget 2023’ in hybrid mode. Prof. N. R. Bhanumurthy, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics University, Bengaluru; Shri Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE and CA Pramod Jain, Council Member, ICAI addressed the program.  A comprehensive presentation on various aspects of the Budget including new provisions and amendments in taxation was made by senior partners and subject matter experts from Deloitte. Over 200 participants, including board members and senior officials from PSEs, attended the program through both physical and virtual mode including SCOPE’s various social media platforms.

Explaining the macroeconomic aspect of the budget, Prof. N. R. Bhanumurthy stated that by laying focus on various aspects of the nation’s growth the budget provided a prudent fiscal consolidation roadmap for the country. He appreciated the budget in prioritizing capex while providing tax relief to boost consumption in the economy. He also highlighted the need to give due attention to the necessary reforms and incentives in the agriculture sector.

Shri Atul Sobti, while hailing the Budget announcements made by Union Finance Minister, said that the budget focusing on all segments of the industry is indeed a 'budget for all'.  He appreciated the infrastructure focus of the budget and highlighted the role of the Public Sector Enterprises in meeting the desired infrastructure spending given their significant presence in strategic sectors of the economy.

CA Pramod Jain in his address was also appreciative of the budget and highlighted the focus of the budget on MSMEs and start-ups that would give the necessary push to the manufacturing sector in the country. He also highlighted the intent of the Budget to make India a hub of both manufacturing and tourism, which will lead to overall economic growth.

SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises), apex body of Public Sector Enterprises compliments the Hon’ble Finance Minister in presenting a “growth-oriented inclusive budget for all” with impetus on infrastructure strengthening, green environment and skill development, while maintaining fiscal consolidation. While appreciating the Budget, Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE said that the Budget is likely to have a multiplier effect in both social and economic sectors. “Overall, a positive budget which is likely to give the necessary push to the country for a global role through landmark outlay for infrastructure strengthening, new schemes, incentivising domestic industries, focussing on inclusive development, impetus on skill development, moving towards simplifying regulations for ease of doing business and green initiatives leading to a net zero economy”, he added.


Commemorating the 75th Martyrs’ Day, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a Symposium on ‘Ethical Leadership for Organization Integrity: The Gandhian Way’. The occasion was addressed by Shri Rohit Kumar Singh, Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs; Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, Former DG, CSIR and Chairman, National Innovation Foundation; Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna, Eminent Gandhian. The dignitaries reminisced Gandhiji’s teachings on ethical leadership for organizational integrity and excellence. The symposium was participated in large numbers from across the country.