Another successful Wednesday meet-up took place at Laghu Udyog Bharati Central Office today on the 22nd January 2020 in the presence of National Vice-Président Shri Bhushan Viadya, National Secretary Shri Sunil Sirsikar, Maharashtra state treasurer Shri Nirmal Kumar Ojha and Nagpur ekai Président Shri Udayan Shrouti. We say successful, because after the huge turnout on 2nd Jan, our first Wednesday Weekly Meetup, where a dozen people came to kick-start this unique concept, at least half a dozen people attended each of the subsequent meet-ups and another dozen people came for this heart to heart interaction with national office bearers in a focused discussion on Wednesday the 22nd Jan 2020. Members even showed up after these meet-ups were over and this enthusiastic response is what is making the meet-ups meaningful!
Starting well before 6:00 pm, the meet-up concluded dot on time at 7:30 pm with a range of different discussions about MIDC Plot allotment policies, Discrepancies in the plot allotment and subsequent follow up rules, Need for intervention to avoid hoarders getting the land in place of genuine new industries and so on.
Shri Ravindra Aher, Management Theatrics Simulator, a trainer, racounter and a consultant was also present.
An important point put forth by Shri Sunil Sirsikar was about the need of the hour in our country today, which is to ensure that industrialists, small and big alike, come together on a regular basis and collectively fight the state of affairs including the lethargic movement of the economy. For this to happen he elaborated that we need to meet more frequently and brainstorm on ideas on how to solve various common problems faced by industry and trade, like enhanced financing, cost of compliance, streamlined running of businesses etc.
On how to structure this effort, he re-iterated what the founder & first Saraanghachalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Parampujaniya Dr Hedgewar had envisioned back in the pre-independence era. How the very foundation of conducting daily shakhas as well as the structure of how these shakhas will be conducted was designed to strengthen the weak human relations and networks at that time. Pretty much the same way, industrialists must structure and meet-up regularly, weekly if not daily with a predefined structure for the meet-up and lay the foundation for the revival of businesses within the member fraternity to begin with. Once that objective is achieved, we can take it further to grow businesses internationally, make the growth more sustainable and so on. If the solutions and ideas are successful, they could be shared with others and could form the basis of revival of the economy first and making it a global leader eventually.
On this dimension one novel & interesting share was the experience by Shri Bhushan Vaidya of him attending a meeting of a local group of the Sampark organisation. Based on several existing business meet-up formats, Sampark is functioning pretty well and he shared the learning’s which LUB members can take from them.
Another compelling view put forth by Shri Sandeep Bhartiya was about the fact that we need to finalise the topics for discussions before we meet, so that people can prepare what and how they’re will be contributing as well as those who want to simply learn from the knowledgeable can come prepared with their queries for that topic.
After several meaningful exchange of ideas it was decided that Shri Bhushan Vaidya will conduct a meeting for the finalisation of the structure, but beginning February 2020, Monthly Meet-ups will begin at least in Nagpur and perhaps with as many ekais as possible.
The idea of a shakha in the modern day business world is still relevant and promises to lay the foundation for bringing the fellow industrialists closer and empowering them by collective action. The vision of Parampujaniya Dr Hedgewar then taken forward by Shri Anantrao Bhide, is not only relevant but all the more significant and shall be showing us the way forward. A simple, connected empowered network of industrious minds, Laghu Udyog Bharati, stands tall after 25 years.