Untiring efforts at innovation

WHEN G.S. GOPALAKRISHNAN, Senior Section Engineer of the Golden Rock Railway Workshop, Tiruchi, received the prestigious Prime Minister's Shram Shri Award from Dr.Manmohan Singh in New Delhi recently, it was a moment of pride for him and the workshop.

It was also a glorious occasion for the railways as Mr.Gopalakrishnan was the only employee of the organisation selected for the award for 2002. Having served 28 years in the workshop, Mr.Gopalakrishnan has made significant contributions to productivity.

Instituted by the Ministry of Labour, the awards are given every year to persons who make significant contributions to productivity.

A dedicated employee, he developed user-friendly machines and gadgets with improved ergonomic status. The innovative machines were accepted as low-effort devices by workers and the other railway workshops. Being ergonomical and cost-effective, the devices were also accepted for use in other factories by the State Government.

Mr.Gopalakrishnan was honoured twice by the State Government: it conferred the Uyarndha Uzhaippali Award on him in 1998 and 2000.

Along with Mr.Gopalakrishnan, two employees of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Tiruchi, were given the Shram Shri Award a few days ago. S. Santhanam, a high pressure welder, and T. Rajendran, chargeman trainee, won the Shram Shri awards for 2002 and 2003 respectively.

Mr. Santhanam was selected for his expertise in all types of welding. He has excelled in producing world-class joints with no defects. Each of the joints he has produced passed the Non-Destructive Test the very first time without defect. This six-sigma level of performance won him all-round appreciation from customers and foreign dignitaries.

Mr. Rajendran won the award for his untiring efforts at taking up assignments critical to shop operations and completing them to the satisfaction of his supervisors. He demonstrated his capabilities in various production activities of heat exchangers, pressure vessels, drum and armoured recovery vehicles to exemplary levels. He has also implemented several ideas for improving operations.

R. Rajaram

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