On last day as Chairman, Tata spends 75th birthday with employees

Ratan Tata

Visits Tata Motors facilities in Pimpri and Chinchwad; spends time at Lake House

On his 75th birthday on Friday, and the final day as Tata Group Chairman, Ratan Tata spent time visiting Tata Motors facilities in Pimpri Chinchwad and interacting with the employees rather that spending the day in Mumbai, where the media had gathered.

Around 2pm, Tata in a blue shirt, was seen emerging from the Pimpri facility in a black Tata Safari. Tata, along with other officials of the company, was seen waving from one of the cars. An employee of Engineering Research Centre (ERC) at the Pimpri facility said, "He visited the facility around 10am. Almost every employee of the company wanted to shake hands with the man they have been taking inspiration from."

At each production block, separate places were earmarked for employees to stand.

As the car halted in front of the ERC block ,Tata was greeted with gifts, flowers and a portrait made by one of the employees. Meeting him individually was difficult given that the ERC alone has about 3,000-3,500 employees, leave alone other blocks he visited, said the employee.

The employees wished him on his birthday.

In a Twitter message titled 'Saying Farewell', Tata said, "My deepest appreciation and thanks for the thoughtful messages for my birthday. I am so deeply touched by the kind sentiments expressed."

His Twitter signature read, 'Former Chairman of Tata Group'.

Tata Group spokesperson Debasis Ray played down the visit, saying Tata visits the Pune facility at this time of the year and there was nothing unusual about it.

Around 1.30pm he had lunch in the main canteen at the Pimpri plant. ERC is one place he has been visiting occasionally, but this could probably a rare occasion when he visited the entire factory.

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