MD's Desk

MD's Desk

Shri Arunkumar Solanki, IAS
Arunkumar Solanki, IAS
Managing Director
Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd.

As we welcome a new year, we ponder over the year gone by. Though the year was tough and challenging in terms of raging pandemic, the festival of Diwali has uplifted the spirit of all of us. The Diyas remind us to shine in the little corners of our lives and spread the light to dispel the darkness. Diwali reminds us of the victory of goodness over the evil. The silently burning little flames of Dipavali Diyas challenge us to burn and give light to others. Even in the darkest corners of the night, a small Diya flickers to provide the light. A light that enlightens our paths and minds. I take this opportunity to wish a very Happy Diwali and a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year to all our officers, staff and our customers and every stakeholders associated with GMDC.

Of course, this year is entirely different in terms of its flair and flavor. The usual fervor of the festival may be missing due to the worldwide situation of Covid 19. The pandemic has thrown an immense challenge to the entire humanity. Even in India and in Gujarat, the pandemic has caused both economic, social and emotional havoc. Many have lost their loved ones to this virus. The Government machinery is all out to provide all kinds of health and other services to the citizens to control and mitigate the adverse impacts of Covid 19. The frontline health workers at Government run hospitals are putting in their every effort to keep the health machinery working. Their sincerity is worth an applause from all of us. They have risked their lives and the lives of their families to keep our lives safe and secured. I express my sincere and deepest gratitude to all our doctors, nurses, and health workers for rising up to this great challenge.

Even at GMDC, we have taken this challenge very seriously and have sensitized our employees to be vigilant and extra cautious to face the pandemic. Wearing of mask, social distancing and washing or sanitizing of hands are rigorously followed. Office premises are regularly sanitized. It is not that our employees have been spared. Many of our colleagues and their families have been infected by this virus and they are bravely fighting their battles. Let me remind them even in these times of difficulties, GMDC is there to support. Our HR Department and Finance Department takes immediate actions to facilitate the hospitalization of the affected employees, if required and provides all other necessary guidance. GMDC has also contributed to the CM Relief Fund to support the State Government’s efforts to control the spread of the virus.

Amidst all these challenges and adverse situations, our spirits have not diminished. Even during lock down, GMDC continued its operations both at Corporate office and its projects. As we usher into the new year, there is a hope. Encouraging news have poured in about the successful trials and eventual availability of the vaccine against Covid 19.

I am sure, we shall overcome. Once again wishing every one all the very Best for the New Year.