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SCOPE –ILO study provides a very useful starting point for Guidelines and policy on WfH: Ms. Anuradha Prasad, Special Secretary, MoLE

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) & International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva released a comprehensive study on ‘Impact of Working from Home’ (WfH) on Women Executives and Managers in Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) in India with Guidelines for a Gender Sensitive WfH Policy in PSEs.  The report was released virtually in the presence of Ms. Anuradha Prasad, Special Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment; Ms. Dagmar Walter, Country Director, ILO; Ms. Soma Mondal, Chairman, SAIL and Chairperson, SCOPE; Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE; Mr. Ranjan Mohapatra, Chairperson, Director (HR), IOCL & Chairperson, SCOPE HR Committee and Ms. Sanchir Tugschimeg, Senior Advisor, ILO, Geneva. Dr. Malika Basu, Consultant, ILO gave a presentation of the report. The launch was attended by about 366 participants.

On the occasion, Ms. Anuradha Prasad complimented SCOPE-ILO on undertaking the study on a very topical subject. She further shared that while the Govt. has notified Draft Model Standing Order 2020 under the Industrial Relations Code for Service Sector in which specific provisions have been made for Work from Home(WfH) subject to specified conditions and as detailed guidelines need to be evolved, SCOPE –ILO study provides a very useful starting point for such guidelines and policy.

Ms. Dagmar Walter stated that the study is a landmark moment in SCOPE- ILO association and has reiterated the need for creation of an inclusive workplace to upsurge women participation in workforce.

Calling it a proud moment for SCOPE, Ms. Soma Mondal said that PSEs have time and again instantaneously responded to the transformations at workplace and the pandemic was no exception. She added that the report gives an optimised insight into how women workforce are managing this new normal.

Mr. Atul Sobti stated that this is a path breaking study where highest number of public sector women employees participated. He added that the report is an important step towards developing Gender inclusive work policy in PSEs that facilitates equal opportunities to women workforce. He called for creation of better opportunities to encourage more women at work and also advised senior management to gain insight from the Study and Guidelines launched.

Ms. Sanchir Tugschimeg commended the active and consistent effort of SCOPE and ILO encouraging deeper insights into this new reality at work.

Mr. Ranjan Mohapatra said that PSEs may circulate and look at active adoption of the guidelines customised to their organisational needs s WfH is a perennial reality today.

As the pandemic has been catalyst in adopting WfH arrangement, the SCOPE ILO study offers detailed insights about advantages and challenges of WfH after administering surveys including key informant interviews (KIIs) and one-on-one interviews with Senior Management including CMDs, Heads of HR and other executives. A record number of 1969 women executives in PSEs were interviewed to reckon the ground reality of the situation. The report also proposes a set of recommendations streamlined into guidelines for gender sensitive work from home policy in PSEs.

In continuation of its endeavour towards gearing the Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) towards Climate Change agenda, an MoU has been signed between Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), apex body of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) and Dr. Julie Reviere, Country Director, GIZ, a German public-benefit federal enterprise, for supporting the PSEs in playing a critical role in the national agenda of climate change mitigation. Mr. M. V. Iyer, Director (Business Development), GAIL & Chairman, SCOPE Committee on Sustainable Development; Dr. Ashish Chaturvedi, Director, Climate Change, GIZ India, other senior officials of GIZ, SCOPE and Public Sector were present during the signing.

While the earlier association was more centric towards building capacities in PSEs, the present MoU signed by SCOPE and GIZ seeks to explore and support implementation of studies and pilots in Public Sector Enterprises on climate and sustainable development related issues. Signed virtually, the collaboration shall engage in a series of activities in the areas of SDGs, carbon markets and climate finance amongst other issues pertaining to climate change mitigation.

Pursuant to its resolve towards creating a cleaner and sustainable environment, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex body of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) in India has achieved sustained reduction in energy consumption in two of its office complexes at Lodhi Road and Laxmi Nagar, New Delhi. These two office complexes accommodate corporate and regional offices of 65 PSEs.

Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE informed that reaffirming SCOPE’s renewed commitment towards environmental sustainability, in the year 2020-21, savings in power consumption were around 3.82 million units equivalent to savings worth over Rs. 4 crore. In the last 5 years, such efforts by SCOPE and its constituents have resulted in saving of 9.54 million units equivalent to over Rs. 11 crores.

Initiatives such as effective monitoring of power consumption, replacement of conventional lights by LED lights, Occupancy sensors, overall energy consciousness and utilization of energy efficient equipment have further invigorated SCOPE’s resolve towards a greener future and SCOPE will continue its efforts towards reducing the consumption of electricity.

On the occasion of the 7th International Yoga Day, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised a session ‘Enhancing Immunity through Yoga & Meditation’ in collaboration with Bapu Nature Cure Hospital and Yogashram (BNCHY), New Delhi. Ms. Rashmi Nair, Director, BNCHY; Mr. Krishana Yadav, Yoga lead Trainer and Mr. Yashpal Singh, meditation expert took an interactive yoga session. Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE and Mr. Pradip Kumar Das, CMD, IREDA & Vice Chairman, SCOPE also addressed the participants. Over 450 participants with their families joined the informative module through SCOPE’s various platforms.

Mr. Atul Sobti in his address said that understanding the significance of Yoga in the present scenario, SCOPE organised this program to help participants imbibe, follow yoga as a lifestyle practice, instil positivity and be better prepared for the future.

Mr. Das stated that Yoga is the remedy for many ailments and should be followed not as a ritual but as a spiritual practice to cure diseases.

Yoga session by Mr. Krishana and meditation session by Mr. Singh was followed by an interactive session where several queries were addressed on Yoga as a practice that can cure and help endure what cannot be cured.

The world is waging a two-front battle of infection and dubiety due to onslaught of information amidst the pandemic. Elucidating solutions, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) with Famhealth organized ‘3M (Mindfulness, Meditation & Medication) COVID Protocol: Today & Tomorrow (Myths and Realities)’ with Dr. H.K. Chopra, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Medanta Moolchand Heart Institute, New Delhi. Ms. Soma Mondal, Chairman, SAIL & Chairperson, SCOPE; Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Ms. Asha Kapoor, MD, Famhealth also addressed the webinar. Nearly 1100 participants with their families joined the informative interaction through SCOPE’s various platforms.

Dr. H.K. Chopra apprised participants on the adoption of 3M protocol of being mindful and meditative by balancing thoughts, consciousness and following medication cautiously, under supervision to overcome the disease. Replying on common issues, he encouraged individuals to go for vaccination to abate the pandemic long lastingly.

Ms. Soma Mondal in her address said that the second wave has been excruciating both mentally and physically and Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) are at the forefront for the citizens and encouraged participants to seek benefit from the program.

Mr. Atul Sobti stated that to overcome this trepidatious phase individuals must focus on accurate information and maintain mental calmness. He assured that SCOPE will continue to organise programs that provide precise information and solutions to individuals.

4th June, 2021
As we are facing an unforeseen, unpredictable pandemic, we are surrounded by many doubts. To find answers, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) with Famhealth is hosting a virtual session, ‘3M (Mindfulness, Meditation & Medication) COVID Protocol: Today & Tomorrow (Myths and Realities)’ with one the country’s leading cardiologists, Dr. H. K. Chopra on 6th June 2021, 11:00 am onwards.

Seeking answers about mode of spread, diagnosis, home isolation, hospitalization, treatment strategies, vaccinations and the latest Black Fungus, the interaction will be available through SCOPE’s website www.scopeonline.in or can be viewed live through SCOPE’s various social media platforms.


Managing emotional contagion amidst the ongoing pandemic has given rise to the need to talk and be heard like never before. Deciphering this, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) with Famhealth organized ‘Sharing is Caring- A Dialogue on Emotional Strengthening- Real life experiences’ with renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Nimesh G. Desai, Director, IHBAS, New Delhi. Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Ms. B. K. Sokhey, Director (Finance), NBCC also addressed the webinar while Mr. R.K. Sinha, Director (Personnel), CWC and members of Public Sector fraternity shared their personal experiences. Nearly 850 participants with their families joined the emotional tete-a-tete through SCOPE’s various platforms.

Dr. Nimesh G. Desai articulated the need to instill hope, channel positive thoughts and filter the content we consume, to retain mental wellness. Guiding the participants he motivated them to let go off their fear, anxiety, survivor’s guilt and look forward to a brighter tomorrow.

Mr. Atul Sobti stated that as the second wave has had a cascading impact, with no one being unaffected, PSEs have stood firm, strong, continuing to offer unwavering support. He added that SCOPE will continue to create such conducive opportunities for mental well-being of PSE fraternity and their families.

The dialogue between Dr. Desai and individuals gave participants a glimpse into the real life experiences of individuals and motivated everyone to rise above the crisis.

Ms. B. K. Sokhey commending the spirit of those sharing their experiences said it was time to stay strong and surround ourselves with only positive thoughts.

13th April, 2021
Partaking in Prime Minister’s call for ‘Tika Utsav’ (National Vaccination Festival) to combat COVID 19, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised a workplace vaccination camp for employees of Public Sector Enterprises at SCOPE Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC; Shri Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE; Shri B.V.N. Prasad, CMD, CCI, Directors and other senior officials were among those who got vaccinated at the camp which received an overwhelming response.

The vaccination drive was held in coordination with Office of Chief District Medical Officer & District Magistrate (South East), New Delhi. Earlier, SCOPE had avidly participated in Government’s Public Health Response Campaign for COVID-Appropriate Behaviour.

Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC and Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE getting vaccinated
Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC and Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE getting vaccinated

12th April, 2021
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) held weeklong celebrations to mark Public Sector Day on 10th April, 2021 at various establishments of PSEs and SCOPE. This day earmarks Public Sector’s contribution to nation building and socio- economic development.

On this occasion, Shri Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE said, “Reinvigorating themselves during the COVID pandemic, PSEs as nation builders converted crisis into an opportunity to innovate, reskill and become self-sufficient. SCOPE earmarks this day to salute this very ‘never-say-die’ spirit of PSEs.”

Annotating the various initiatives to make the country self-reliant, SCOPE has brought out a special issue of its monthly magazine, KALEIDOSCOPE on ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat- PSEs Initiatives.’

Smt. Soma Mondal, Chairman, SAIL took over as the first woman Chairperson of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and Shri Pradip Kumar Das, CMD, IREDA Ltd took over as Vice-Chairman, SCOPE at the first meeting of the newly constituted SCOPE Executive Board 2021-23. During the meeting, Shri Rakesh Kumar, immediate Past Chairman, SCOPE & CMD, NLCIL handed over the SCOPE Flag and Shri Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE handed over the Public Sector Flag to Smt. Soma Mondal.

Speaking at the meeting Smt. Soma Mondal said, “I thank the Public Sector fraternity for reposing confidence and entrusting me with this responsibility. Taking cognizance of the tremendous work done by our predecessors, the new Board will stride ahead as a team to add value and achieve newer horizons.”

Shri Rakesh Kumar said that, “The increased participation of PSEs in Elections validates the increased confidence of member PSEs in SCOPE and with the new leadership, SCOPE will undertake more effective steps for the betterment of the Public Sector.”

Shri Atul Sobti,  said, “With such a pool of experience in Board comprising of old and new members from Maharatna, Navratna, Miniratna and other PSEs from diverse fields, SCOPE will work more dedicatedly towards transcending newer heights and thanked PSEs for enhanced participation in SCOPE Elections.”

SAIL Chief Smt. Soma Mondal takes over as Chairperson, SCOPE
SAIL Chief Smt. Soma Mondal takes over as Chairperson, SCOPE

Achieving emotional wellness and immunity has become a key challenge amidst these perplexing times. Recognizing this, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a virtual rendezvous titled ‘Happiness & Harmony– Road to Engagement & Creativity’ with Sister BK Shivani, one of the most sought-after spiritual speakers in the world. Mr. Rakesh Kumar, CMD, NLCIL & Chairman, SCOPE and Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE also addressed the webinar. Nearly 800 participants joined the riveting experience through SCOPE’s various platforms.

Sister Shivani in her address signified the importance of internal contentment for achieving happiness. Drawing attention to the imperfect situation created due to COVID 19, she said that there was a need to pause and reflect on one’s priorities in life. She added that in this age of technology and social media there was an urgent need to restrict content consumption to build emotional immunity, be positive and achieve ‘Atma Nirbharta -self-reliance’ in our thoughts.

Mr. Rakesh Kumar in his address said that there was a need to recognize the path to happiness that does not only focus professional satisfaction but also helps achieve happiness and contentment in one’s personal life.

Mr. Atul Sobti highlighted the importance of finding happiness and recognizing actions that can harmonize as well as re-enthuse individual towards better engagement in life. While expressing gratitude to Sister BK Shivani, he reiterated SCOPE’s commitment in conducting symposiums and programs for the mental and emotional wellness.


26th March, 2021

SAIL Chief Smt. Soma Mondal Elected as Chairperson, SCOPE

Pursuant to SCOPE Board Elections for the term 2021-23 for the Offices of Chairman, Vice Chairman and Members of the Executive Board, results were declared by Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and Returning Officer in the presence of representatives from Public Sector Enterprises and Contestants. DG,SCOPE informed that the new Executive Board of SCOPE will assume office from 1st April, 2021.

While announcing the results, Shri Sobti said that this year, the apex body witnessed record voting in comparison to the recent past which re-affirms confidence of the Member Organizations in SCOPE. He thanked the entire member PSEs for the overwhelming response which would further encourage SCOPE to take newer initiatives.

As per the results declared, Smt. Soma Mondal, Chairman, SAIL has been elected as Chairman, SCOPE. Shri Pradip Kumar Das, CMD, IREDA has been elected as Vice Chairman, SCOPE.

SCOPEOther members elected to the Executive Board of SCOPE are: Shri R.K. Sinha, Director (Personnel), CWC; Shri Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, Director (HR), IOCL; Shri Amitabh Banerjee, CMD, IRFC; Shri Alok Verma, Director (HR), HAL; Shri Subodh Gupta, Director (Finance), BHEL; Shri Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR); Shri M.V. Iyer, Director (Business Development), GAIL; Shri V.K. Singh, Director (Personnel), POWERGRID; Smt Baldev Kaur Sokhey, Director (Finance), NBCC; Dr. Siba Prasad Mohanty, CMD, HIL; Shri Dillip Kumar Patel, Director (HR), NTPC; Shri Rajendra Prasad Goyal, Director (Finance), NHPC; Shri Piyush Tiwari, Director (Commcl & Mktg), ITDC; Shri Pradeep Kumar Agarwal, CMD, Cotton Corpn. of India; Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Director (Personnel), WCL; Shri Om Prakash Singh, Director (Technology & Field Services), ONGC; Shri Amitava Mukherjee, Director (Finance), NMDC and Shri D.S. Sudhakar Ramaiah, Director (Finance), PDIL.

SCOPE in the recent past has taken a series of initiatives to become more impactful and innovative organization. With the newly elected Board, the apex body will transcend to newer heights.

24th March, 2021
Construing that change is the only constant, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) launched its official website with a new look. Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE launching the refurbished website said that “In line with our aim of being an Inspiring, Innovative and Impactful organisation, SCOPE decided to revamp its official website in line with the dynamic environment.” The new website www.scopeonline.in will provide enhanced interaction, information and swiftness in user interface.


17th February, 2021
Forum of Women in Public Sector (WIPS) under the aegis of SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises) organized its 31st National Meet 2021 virtually on the theme ‘New Normal: Opportunities and Risks’ for Public Sector women employees. Mr. Rakesh Kumar, CMD, NLCIL & Chairman, SCOPE; Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE and Ms. Atishi Marlena addressed the participants during the inaugural session. Ms. Soma Mondal, Chairperson, SAIL and Ms. H.K. Joshi, CMD, SCI addressed the subsequent sessions in the presence of Ms. Kirti Tiwari and Ms. Sanchita Banerjee, President Apex, WIPS and other WIPS members. The program was attended by around 1000 participants located across the country.

Mr. Rakesh Kumar inaugurating the e-National Meet said that as the country is treading towards ‘Make for the World’, women employees have an indispensable role in achieving self-sufficiency in all industries. He highlighted the need for creating a motivated and secure workspace for women to help achieve gender equality.

Mr. Atul Sobti in his address saluting the spirit of women employees in these times of crisis stated that displaying grit and determination, they meticulously transformed crisis into opportunity. He emphasized that women employees must focus on being more assertive, confident, aiming for higher goals and reiterated the role of WIPS in empowering women.

Ms. Atishi Marlena said that while COVID 19 created a unique prospect of ‘Work from Home’ for women employees it also renewed challenges in creating work life balance.

Ms. Soma Mondal in her address commended that amidst the blurring of boundaries between work and home, women employees have risen to the challenge and shown true resilience by adapting efficiently to the ‘New Normal.’

8th February, 2021
Mulling over the impact of the Union Budget 2021, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised a webinar on ‘Decoding the Union Budget 2021.’Prof. N. R. Bhanumurthy, Vice-Chancellor, Bengaluru Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics University; Mr. Rakesh Kumar, CMD, NLCIL & Chairman, SCOPE and Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE addressed the webinar. Detailed presentation on the impact of the Budget provisions was made by senior partners and subject matter experts from Deloitte.About 500 participants including board members and senior official from PSEs attended the webinar through SCOPE’s various platforms.

Addressing the participants, Prof. N. R. Bhanumurthystated that the Budget will accentuate the growth by invigorating the economic and infrastructural developmentof the country. He said that fiscal policy shall take a lead to enable overall macroeconomic stability of the country.

In his address, Mr. Rakesh Kumarsaid that the Budget stimulates strategic sectors and reflects on renewed impetus to green initiatives. While highlighting key aspects of the Budget, he reiterated on the constructive role of PSEs in the overall economic development of the country.

DG, SCOPE while appreciating the Budget said that infrastructure, social sector and policy reforms shall prove catalytic for growth. He added that in light of ease of doing business and conciliation mechanism announced, SCOPE Forum of Conciliation and Arbitration (SFCA)can play an important role in the new landscape.

1st February, 2021
SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises), apex body of Public Sector Enterprises believes that announcements by the Hon’ble Finance Minister shall pave way for a faster rebound of the Indian economy on the growth path.Mr Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE said that the Union Budget shall further affirm the positive boost to the previous reforms announced by the Government. He complimented the Budget proposals giving thrust to AtmaNirbharta mission by focussing on critical growth sectors like infrastructure, power, roads, ports and health. Government has given much needed boost to Indian economy to retrace the development path and reposition it on the global map, he added.

30th January, 2021
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a Symposium on ‘Gandhian Perspective for Value Based Governance’ coinciding with 73rdMartyrs’ Day. On this occasion, Shri Pradipta Kumar Bisoi, Secretary, Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications; Prof. J. S. Rajput, India’s Representative to UNESCO's Executive Board; Smt. Shobhana Radhakrishna, Veteran Gandhian and Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE spoke about espousing the ideals and teachings of Gandhiji, especially in these times of predicament.A large number of participants including senior executives from various PSEs attended the webinar.

28th January, 2021
The growing complexities of business has magnified the need for a dynamic and resilient HR function in order totransform workplaces. Deliberating on this, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organised aSymposium on ‘Strengthening HR strategies in Emerging Business Environment’. The webinar was addressed by Ms. Soma Mondal, Chairperson, SAIL; Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, Director(HR), IndianOil and Mr. Atul Sobti,Director General, SCOPE. Deloitte team comprising of Mr. Anandorup Ghose and Mr. Mohinish Sinha, Partners, Human Capital gave an insightful presentation into the changing paradigms of HR and measures to advent to the modern HR practices.Over 650 participants including senior official from PSEs attended the webinar through SCOPE’s various platforms.

While addressing the participants, Ms. Soma Mondal called HR as the backbone of every organisation and ‘Change managers.She highlighted the need for safety & well-being of employees,embracing technology by mappingdigital quotient of employees, building resilience and leadership development as key issues to pave way for self reliance and ensure business continuity.

Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra resonated the need to treat the ongoing crisis as a lesson and adopt a multifocal approach of agility, adaptability and aligning with business to revive and thrive in business. He highlighted the role of HR in ensuring effective communication to bring the organisation together especially in challenging times.

DG, SCOPE in his address said that as SCOPE’s webinars have become its most sought after capacity building programs. Speaking on the subject, he said that role of HR has undergone a massive change especially in the pandemic. He also highlighted that new role of HR should be one systemic thinking that would enable adaptability, agility and strategy and effective utilisation of workforce.