The Ludhiana industry on Tuesday lost one of its leaders in the form of Inderjit Singh 'Pardhan', 92, who passed away due to prolonged illness.
Pardhan, who served the longest term as president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Undertakings (CICU) till he died, enjoyed a distinction in the industry, and worked as a crusader against corruption and fought for the cause of society.
He is credited with ensuring the return of money from many officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) and other departments that they took in the form of bribe from the industrialists in order to get different clearances.
Charanjit Singh Vishwakarmam president, United Cycle Parts Manufacturing Association (UCPMA), said, “He was totally against corruption. I remember many cases from the PSPCL, when he went to head office of the power company in Ludhiana with the industrialists who had paid the bribe and managed return of that money by convincing the officials that they have committed a sin.”
The UCPMA leader stated that 'Pardhan' was the 'Guru' of all industrial associations in Ludhiana and a source of inspiration for fighting for the cause of industry.
An owner of Nankana Sahib Engineering Works that deals with manufacturing of cycle parts, Inderjit earned the distinction of 'Pardhan' because of his leadership qualities. He became president of the Industrial State of Ludhiana for the first time in 1964.
'Pardhan', was also a close confidant of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and served as chairman of the Small Industry Development Board of the Punjab government in the previous tenure of the Akali government.
His fellow industrialists disclosed that he was one of the few industrial leaders from Punjab, who earned good rapport in the leadership at the national level too.
Avtaar Singh, general secretary, CICU, said, “I remember when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister of the country and 'Pardhan' and I had gone to meet him along with chief minister Badal regarding the problems of cycle parts industry. Vajpayee called Pardhan by name and asked him to meet quite often.”
Terming his loss as the biggest setback for industries in Ludhiana, president Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisations (FICO), Gurmeet Singh Kolar, said Ludhiana industry lost a patriarch of all times. He is survived by a son and a daughter.