An evening
with
Salman Khan!
@ Bakoli, Delhi
April 5, 2014
Bakoli village, my destination for March 5, 2014 event, Google said was 42 km away from
home (Mehrauli) and predicted a 62...
20 plus years in Delhi and travelled NH1 ‘hazaar’ times on this super highway to Simla and
Chandigarh and crossed Bakoli c...
But for Mansingh Jaswal, I would
have never known Bakoli. This
seasoned 3PL-er (ex-DHL and
equity partner in BLR Logistics...
Flexiprint banners and buntings went up in a jiffy in this warehouse-dense ‘lal dora’ area
within the precincts of Delhi, ...
What’s 3PL?... Third Party Logistics. Non-core activities of big companies are outsourced to
experts. Apollo Tyres, for in...
What’s SAFER Roads. SAFER Lives? It’s a Road/Highway Safety Awareness Program. Surveys
showed that truck drivers knowledge...
Genex’s Mansingh Jaswal assembled 25 odd drivers servicing his client Apollo Tyres and
Grasim RMG for an interactive sessi...
Ajay Srivastava of Toll Global Logistics explains the importance of “safety first” to the
audience. By the way, he is quit...
But their knowledge about highways sign is nothing to crow about. Definitely a sorry state of
affairs. This driver, from M...
By the way, these programs DO NOT allow participants to sleep through. Audience have to be
alert to happenings. Anyone can...
All work and no play makes even Jack dull, no? So there is a bit of entertainment in the form
of blow and burst the balloo...
Experienced drivers are called upon to share their safety tips with their own colleagues. There
is a consensus that three ...
Syed Hasan, Senior Manager from Mahindra Logistics ,has a subtle sense of humour and the
audience is full of ears as he en...
Meet 16-year old
Salmanbhai, yes, Salman
Khan! He wants to be a truck
driver and going through the
process. Inquisitive.
T...
Selvan Dasaraj, Vice President-CSR & Public Affairs of Mahindra Logistics, spoke on the
importance of wearing seat belt. “...
Rajesh Jain, Senior Manager of Indian Oil, shared some tips on how to get the maximum
mileage out of fuel while on the go....
Distribution of soft pillows
The “Safer Roads. Safer Lives” & “Donate Sleep” Campaigns ended with the customary group
photo with drivers and sponsors. ...
 None wants their family members to get into this profession.
 Fully aware of the looming shortage of truck drivers
 Ut...
Before signing off, it must be shared. Mansingh Jaswal is building a full-fledged Driver Rest
Room with toilet facilities ...
Truckers,
The
BACKBONE
of India
Deep Apartment, 52 Ward No. 1, Behind Punjab National Bank,
Mehrauli, New Delhi 110 030/India
ramesh@krkfoundation.org
IMP...
Am part of your ECOSYSTEM. Help me to help YOU!
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  1. 1. An evening with Salman Khan! @ Bakoli, Delhi April 5, 2014
  2. 2. Bakoli village, my destination for March 5, 2014 event, Google said was 42 km away from home (Mehrauli) and predicted a 62 minute ride. Of course, subject to traffic conditions. Actually, it took almost double that time. Yes, you’re right, blame it on traffic on Delhi roads and lack of lane discipline among us.
  3. 3. 20 plus years in Delhi and travelled NH1 ‘hazaar’ times on this super highway to Simla and Chandigarh and crossed Bakoli crossing that many times. But never took notice of it. While searching for this hamlet – nothing to do with the Shakespearian character – it threw up another village by the same name: 545 km away in Uttar Pradesh, closer to Kanpur. And a ride time of 6.49 hours. Amazing at this Google timing! Instantly I knew that was NOT my destination!
  4. 4. But for Mansingh Jaswal, I would have never known Bakoli. This seasoned 3PL-er (ex-DHL and equity partner in BLR Logistics) jumped at the idea of hosting a Road Safety “Do” at his approx imately one lakh sq.ft Bakoli warehouse – from where he’s servicing Apollo Tyres & Grasim RMGs (Ready Made Garments, dude!) under Genex Logisolutions.
  5. 5. Flexiprint banners and buntings went up in a jiffy in this warehouse-dense ‘lal dora’ area within the precincts of Delhi, the national capital. Curious to know what ‘lal dora’ is all about? Okay, check out my ex-colleague Ramesh Menon’s blog here… ramesh- menon.com/2008/07/what-is-lal-dora-land/
  6. 6. What’s 3PL?... Third Party Logistics. Non-core activities of big companies are outsourced to experts. Apollo Tyres, for instance managed by Genex, has given the responsibility of distributing its tyres in the entire north. Apollo stuff, brought all the way from its plants in Kerala, Gujarat etc and ‘godowned’ in Bakoli are dispatched to dealers in the north via Genex. Of course, for a fee. To that extent, Apollo Tyres’ focus is on making tyres. Distribution is parceled out to Mansingh, a logistics service provider. Got it? Yes, the warehouse is leased and vehicles are again outsourced. He does not own much. Light Asset Format. Right, MJ?
  7. 7. What’s SAFER Roads. SAFER Lives? It’s a Road/Highway Safety Awareness Program. Surveys showed that truck drivers knowledge of highway signage is dismal, leading to higher incidence of accidents. Plus their lack of safety precautionary measures like wearing seat belts etc. This interactive program is an engagement with this target group, with support from various stakeholders. Plus lack of sleep or apnea leads to ‘driver fatigue’, another cause for accidents. KRK Foundation hit upon the novel idea of donating soft pillows to truck drivers to help them sleep better.
  8. 8. Genex’s Mansingh Jaswal assembled 25 odd drivers servicing his client Apollo Tyres and Grasim RMG for an interactive session, conceptualised by KRK Foundation. These programs are NOT just experts talking and others listening. It is more interactive and keeps the audience engaged 100% with multiple interactive sessions. At the same time, ensuring the objective is achieved: of educating them about safety steps while at the steering etc. All in their OWN interest. And in the National interest too because accidents mean a net loss to the economy.
  9. 9. Ajay Srivastava of Toll Global Logistics explains the importance of “safety first” to the audience. By the way, he is quite impressed with the safety awareness of this lot @ Genex.
  10. 10. But their knowledge about highways sign is nothing to crow about. Definitely a sorry state of affairs. This driver, from Muzzafarpur/Bihar, defends himself saying that he was put to test by RTO, Delhi before issuing driving licence several years ago. Was he driving blindfolded because he has not seen these signages on highways? He brushes away such inconvenient questions with a polite smile. Once they got licence, drivers believe there is no NEED to know or understand highway signs. Dangerous, indeed.
  11. 11. By the way, these programs DO NOT allow participants to sleep through. Audience have to be alert to happenings. Anyone can be picked up among themselves and asked to repeat what their own colleague or expert has shared few minutes ago. Audience approval for repeat or recapture performance is sought. This way, the same gyan (knowledge) is shared twice! Luckily, all did well. Full grasp . Well done, folks!
  12. 12. All work and no play makes even Jack dull, no? So there is a bit of entertainment in the form of blow and burst the balloon contest. Young assistants/kalasis are picked up for this activity with the audience egging these balloon bu(r)sters with claps and catcalls. Subsequently, others also participate.
  13. 13. Experienced drivers are called upon to share their safety tips with their own colleagues. There is a consensus that three things cause accidents on highways: speed, drunken driving and overload. Interestingly, there is also a unanimity that their take-home pay is low because their owner (motor maliks), don’t make much money. Why? Freight rates have remained flat for several years. How can owners pay out more if they don’t make big money? Drivers openly ask. OEMs and 3PLs, are you listening? Improve your bottomlines through better efficiency in other areas as well – beyond cutting down transporting cost. Explore your jugaad there too.
  14. 14. Syed Hasan, Senior Manager from Mahindra Logistics ,has a subtle sense of humour and the audience is full of ears as he engages them with nuggets of juicy stuff. His biggest plus is his familiarity with driver jargons! No wonder, he is a hit wherever he has addressed drivers as part of KRK Foundation programs. Thanks, Syedbhai!
  15. 15. Meet 16-year old Salmanbhai, yes, Salman Khan! He wants to be a truck driver and going through the process. Inquisitive. Talkative. He was called up to come on stage to repeat what the speaker has spoken earlier. He did not disappoint. Assigned to identify a well dressed driver, he chose Mansingh Jaswal(!), until he was ruled out. One of the first things he did after walking in is to ‘grab’ another driver’s ASDC cap and wear it. Subsequently, he did receive his own quota of cap, soft pillow, biscuit, snacks and, of course, balloon also!
  16. 16. Selvan Dasaraj, Vice President-CSR & Public Affairs of Mahindra Logistics, spoke on the importance of wearing seat belt. “You’re not doing anyone any favour when you wear one. But you protect your own life,” was his crisp and concise message to the assemblage.
  17. 17. Rajesh Jain, Senior Manager of Indian Oil, shared some tips on how to get the maximum mileage out of fuel while on the go. Many drivers used the opportunity to seek clarity on the usage of Indian Oil’s Fleet Card.
  18. 18. Distribution of soft pillows
  19. 19. The “Safer Roads. Safer Lives” & “Donate Sleep” Campaigns ended with the customary group photo with drivers and sponsors. Of course, Toll Global Logistics’ Ajay Srivastava made drivers to PLEDGE collectively “Safety First” as the 2 hour program neared ending.
  20. 20.  None wants their family members to get into this profession.  Fully aware of the looming shortage of truck drivers  Uttar Pradesh police, the most troublesome lot they face on highways  Corruption deep-rooted in every wing of government they deal with in Delhi Motor Owners’s plight is pathetic  Desperate need for a freight revision by OEMs & 3PLs 95% of people on the client site they meet daily DON’T treat them with decency  To avoid/reduce accident son highways: - Control on Speed - No to Drunken Driving - Overload
  21. 21. Before signing off, it must be shared. Mansingh Jaswal is building a full-fledged Driver Rest Room with toilet facilities that can accommodate 10-15 drivers waiting for load. More power to you, MJ!
  22. 22. Truckers, The BACKBONE of India
  23. 23. Deep Apartment, 52 Ward No. 1, Behind Punjab National Bank, Mehrauli, New Delhi 110 030/India ramesh@krkfoundation.org IMPROVING Truck Drivers’ Working & Living Conditions
  24. 24. Am part of your ECOSYSTEM. Help me to help YOU!

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