Dear Military Families
On this day, when India gained freedom, We 10000000 Military Families have taken yet another historic step to lay foundation of yet another milestone of Nation Building Initiative, wherein few pioneers have decided to form and launch ‘Chamber of Commerce of Ex-Servicemen’ under the legal mandate from the govt.
Have you ever thought why only nations with sound military traditions and history are rich? Why in USA 40% presidents, 8% CEOs are military veterans? Why in Europe 27% of CEOs come from defence background. Why do MNC practice military way of operations management? Why do best of the universities copy military operation management concepts into business management?
Simple because military soldiers are best entrepreneurs and have most competitive way of working.
Why do in India than we feel isolated?
We are not. Look around we are everywhere. DLF is Top 50 Corporate House in the country. Success of Deccan Airways is taught as a leading case in best management colleges. Maj Gen Khanduri laid foundation of NHAI. Col Wahi is behind success of ONGC. We have Gen VK Singh and Col Rathore as ministers now. Look around in art, cinema, journalism, writers, farmers, social care ( Anna Hazare), education and any field for that matter. We are every where building the nation.
Soldiers are behind the progress of states like Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra.
Unfortunately contribution of soldiers building the economy and society has not been recognised and felt. It is surely not the job of govt.
In civil society and democracies, each socio -economic segment has to organised it self as a group and created an open platform where they get space to work and progress.
Chamber makes this attempt with support of Govt. We are thankful to present govt for having given us this license to incorporate chamber under section 8. Which is the best institutional framework.
We have an opportunity to prove that it is not only in matters of defence we work as team but when it comes to nation building in socio-economic spectrum we are the best too.
Since last year, the journey has been challenging. Brick by brick we are building.
Chamber takes this opportunity to thanks 162 and so founding registered members for having taken interest at a time when people were not clear about the new concept of chamber for faujis. Slowly the awareness is increasing.
We are thankful to Lt Gen AK Singh ex Governor of A&N, Sqn Leader Kamal Chaudhary (4 times MP), Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, Air Vice Marshal BK Murali, Maj Gen Nilendra Kumar (Ex JAG), Sh Naveen Jaggi ( Lawyer SC), Brig Amitabha Ex Chairman UP Ex Servicemen Corporation, Brig Abraham Ex Vice Chancellor, Mrs Anita Matharu a business women and Military Wife, Mrs Supriya Parashar a HR expert and military wife, Mrs Deepa Sharma a business women and military wife, Seema Singh an educationist and military wife, Col Sanjay Sehgal a disaster management expert and many of you who called us to give encouragement and supported us on social media.
It is not an easy path specially so when we have to create own space in corporate world where on every step there is a stiff competition. But we have best talent and skills the only thing which we lack is networking.
The day we show networking levels of 50000 military families, market research tells us that best of the business houses will chase us with very attractive offers of business and sales. Every member of the military family in jobs or business will get tremendous benefits. That is the critical mass 50000.
Chamber is not an organisation, chamber is not a business entity, chamber is just an open platform to facilitate business and creation of jobs opportunities for all.
One US Brigadier managing US Chamber whom we spoke for guidance, told us “Col if people at air port clap for us it is not without reason, we give them maximum business and we make sure they respect us’.
We are biggest client of Air Lines and Railways and they are so shameless that they have not extended the facility of lounge to us . Forget the clapping. Why? Because there is not chamber to show them business calculations. 🙂 Govts and military HQs can not do it. Such things has to be done by Chamber.
It is pathetic to note that in India in total directors in listed companies representation of military families is not even .01%. Military Personals are best suited to be appointed as indep directors and yet there are no takers. Chamber will change the situation. In Business it is all give and take. Show them your purchasing power. Forget about appointments of independent directors, they will start appointing you as CEOs. 🙂 It is all business.
Most of our soldier are farmers. If a few small policy changes are brought in they can make better use of their lands bringing more income. In democracy only lobbying works. Services HQs can not lobby. It has to be done by the chamber.
When corporate laws were being redrafted, we had projected our demands to corporate ministry like making mandatory of having at least one indep director who is military veteran and bringing expenses on soldiers training and welfare inder CSR. We had submitted 74 demands, but as we were not a chamber that time we could not make an official presentation. We lost out but one demand of CSR inclusion was accepted.
Chambers are recognized bodies by the govt who can not only make representations but also sign certain documents on behalf of govt. Our Chamber is an apex business body and has the mandate to exercise certain govt functions like signing Tatkal Passport Application, Certain Export Import and business documents.
But above will only happen when we network and show the strength of this open networking. The website platform which chamber has launched is supported by certain smart and intelligent softwares.
- It has Facebook type interactive platform where members can create their own profile and groups and show case their business, services and talent.
- It has Business Directory where contacts can be made. We are calling it Fauji Pages. It is a very powerful tool to show case our economic power. List your business, your services, your talent, your professional competencies. Let head turn in corporate. OMG they are so many and with so much of eco power.
- There is promotion platform which could be used as classified for promotion.
- It has a powerful job portal which is bringing for first time in India an, intelligent resume builder. Which helps you at every step to make a professional resume of international standards. Best part is it carters for military veterans.
- We are building an E Commerce platform. It is ready for creating your on line store. Please do that. In 1 month time we shall be providing best logistics support
- We are also building an online e learning platform where professionals can showcase their services and earn even from home. This platform is very good for military spouses.
- We already have few publications and building it more. Why shall our writers chase other publishers we shall have our own. Let them chase us. 🙂 We may bring amazon an online e book writing smart platform.
Chamber proposes to have a flat organisation with functionally autonomous national associations and regional chapters. It is place where talent is respected.
on 14 Jan 2018 Chamber shall be holding veterans parades and announcing awards for those achievers from military families who have made outstanding contribution in growth in civil. We shall also be honouring civilian friends of the soldiers who support us.
Chamber is in process of forming a nationwide network of HR and Education Counsellors. Almost 550 of them to start with. These people will be trained for 2-3 weeks and then deployed as affiliates at place of their choice. The program has already been published today and it has the backing of best in the industry. Please circulate the word. This network will help our HR professionals and educationalists who are already in business to help military families in better ways.
Let us join hands. The path is not easy and we have a long way to go. Please encourage your friends, family members, Children’s, people from military schools, sainik schools, NCC, civilian friends of soldiers to join our network. Let us create our own market space where we influence the deals. It brings benefits to all.
Please make your profile active by posting Indep Day Greetings.
Once again we wish you all a very happy Indep Day.
The Military Chamber.
Col Ashok K Singh; Veteran