GUWAHATI: NRL has effectively leveraged digital platforms to reach out to its Medium and Small Enterprise (MSE) vendors and contractors. A webinar on 'Business opportunities for MSEs in NRL' was organized by the company on Thursday.
Otherwise an annual event in the company calendar, the format for the MSE meet was changed to webinar mode keeping in view the current situation of nationwide lockdown this year. This virtual event attracted overwhelming participation of more than 85 MSE manufacturers and service providers across the country as well as those based in the state of Assam. NRL as a responsible corporate citizen, has always been supportive to MSEs in terms of implementing government guidelines and procedures as well as by creating business opportunities for them.
The webinar commenced with the key note address presented by Sr. Chief General Manager (Corporate Affairs) Nikunja Borthakur who welcomed the participants and apprised them of the opportunities for MSEs in NRL, especially in the light of the mega Refinery Project that NRL has embarked on. Detailed presentations were made by officers from Commercial, Maintenance and Finance Departments on ongoing and upcoming projects in which MSEs could pitch in with their products and services. Dr.Avinash Choudhary, Zonal General Manager (North East), National Small Industries Corporation addressed the webinar, where he exhorted MSEs to make full use of the special provisions offered to them by the Govt. An open session at the end of the webinar invited a multitude of queries by the participants, which were addressed to by GM (Commercial), N.K Buragohain, also to be made available in NRL website www.nrl.co.in. NRL proposes to take this digital initiative further to ensure seamless collaboration and networking with its stakeholders so that they can productively engage and collaborate as business partners.
In the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, the company has promptly adopted and enabled digital platforms to cover more and more employees specially in administrative and service departments so that they canseamlessly work from home. The company has provided VPN connections and necessary software to facilitate real time interaction and access to SAP. Daily review meetings, departmental meetings as well high level meetings of NRL Board Standing Committee has being organized online, so that business and decision making is not hampered in any manner, stated a press release.