G. Chatterjee: OFB, The Ex. Higher Official Stalwart Turns 90


G.Chatterjee: A number of wishes poured on Face Book or over phone  to wish the OFB  stalwart G.Chatterjee , retd. Deputy DG / ORD 1987-88 .  Leading first line print media witnessed his intellect, called him “scholar, statesman and one of India’s most respected senior official of  OFB and wise personality both in personal and professional life. Praised  social and administrative acumen.  Relatives friends, Ex- higher officials of OFB  and other corporate heads ,well wishers   also wished G,Chatterjee on his 90th birthday and prayed for his long life.

His grit and firm passion for education drove him towards   optimum level of knowledge ,he  did  his  Matric in 1945   , intermediate in 1947 with pure science  both lower and higher schools he passed  with distinction marks  , then he got first class and graduated in Mechanical Engineering 1952 from  Jadavpur Engineering College – when Dr. Triguna Sen was the principal now it is named  Jadavpur  University .

 He joined (1st job)  Hirakund Dam Project ( Govt of India /first major multipurpose river valley project started after India’s independence)

2nd Job: Central Water Power Commission, Govt of India, Irrigation Dept., New Delhi, during this time Govt of India sent him to USA for two years in Fort Belvoir in Virginia. He took-up some higher studies on metallurgy & mechanical engineering science & technology there in the Army School of Engineers Ft. Belvoir, USA –  For  other management and Industrial Engineering Degree Course. He also attended at  Stanford University –USA for advance management course and awarded first class, secured 94% marks.  Though he got several opportunities from USA Govt. And top corporate jobs with luxurious life style, and high pay package which he ignored and preferred to serve his own mother land India and he came back.

 After coming back from USA he passed the most prestigious and top most UPSC   – Indian Engineering Service Exam ,Govt of India . After he passed UPSC exams with flying colors he entered the Ordinance Factories. 1st Job: Cossipore Gun Shell Factory as a Deputy   Manager , later  he was  promoted and transferred to Kanpur in Small Arms Factory (SAF) as a Deputy General Manager. There he kept on getting many promotions and reached the highest position of  General Manager of that Factory.  SAF -Kanpur was one of the best managed and he was awarded several times for best production as well as high quality management services.

During his tenure  of 13 years  in Kanpur  when there was a major boiler accident ( with quite a no of  deaths) in the Field Gun Factory ( FGF)- Kanpur, the  previous GM left as he was getting death threats, no one of other OFB GMs  was willing to take control of that factory, OFB Chairman and Member of Irrigation & Power  Ministry ,Govt Of India – Dr. K.L Rao requested  Mr. G . Chatterjee  to take that position saying “ Chatterjee you are the best capable person to take the rein at this difficult time’’

He stayed in Field Gun Factory (FGF) – Kanpur  successfully operated all  serious issues firmly with courage and his honest wills many years  till the end and before moving to Kolkata to work at the  Ordnance Factory Board  promoted as Deputy  Director General head quarter at Auckland Place, Kolkata during  1987-88  .  He was a regular professor  and faculty lecturer of various science & technology and management  classes for young Engineers  across OFB – Factories Colleges  entire of his working period.

Many OFB – present GMs, DGMs remember his powerful knowledge in various subject matters of OFB field qualitative teaching ability and passion.

During Mr.  G. Chatterjee’s ’s time he boasted entire work force of OFB – factories at Kanpur-UP , he never ever  dismissed anyone  worker or staff  !!! In fact he always believed in betterment of that person from inside with spiritual development,   successfully taught every individual through personal intervention with moral education and practical examples.

He believes in the great philosophy of Thakur Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa Dev’s holy book ‘KATHAMRITA’ and is a strong believer of Swamy Vivekananda’s  philosophy in KARMAYOGA  .

Once one  worker of factory was suspended  by the concerned Departmental  Officer  for serious violation of  code of conduct .When Mr. G. Chatterjee , being the  GM of Field Gun Factory –Kanpur  found  that the  punished – worker’s  family was suffering, he personally took  initiative arranged  money from GM’s Fund to help that family for maintaining livelihood and paying their kids’ school fees for entire suspension period of that worker  . Several social works he did for betterment of workers and society  and all Worker Unions  leaders , and political leaders respected his administrative skills, knowledge  and honesty till the date he left Kanpur- UP  before joining and promoted as DDG/ORD, OFB HQ-Kolkata

He got a rousing farewell .It was very hard for people to say goodbye to  G.Chatterjee – GM of major Ordnance Factories in Kanpur till 1986-87 FY ,they called him a ‘SAINT’  and said “Aisa koi GM  Kabhi Nahi Huya Na Hoga ”-  according to them he was ever best GM of OFB – Factories in Kanpur since its inception.

After retirement from OFB , (1987-88)  he joined corporate “ Rajda Group of Companies” under foundry member Late Paresh Rajda (CMD)  – as a full time consultant.After working in Kolkata HO , at Chatterjee International Building-Kolkata  for their  companies like  Ezy slide Fasteners Pvt, Ltd, Vib Gyor Pvt Ltd  , Halo District, Gujarat  for some years then  he was also given the charge of one of their  sister concern   Suri – Woven sack Industry – WB .While doing consultancy he also started to attend night college  (D.N. De Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital) to become a homeopathic doctor.

This was his long desired goal.

He always wanted becoming a doctor  not to make money from patients  but to help the needy especially the poor people who don’t have money , he also provides medicines from his own pocket for poor patients till date .

G.Chatterjee’s youth was filled with his seamless passion to educate himself along with working indomitably against different challenges.

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