Alstom to celebrate “We are All Differently Abled” (WADA) week to appreciate its specially-abled people

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Recognizing the need to accelerate D&I (diversity and inclusion) efforts, Alstom is celebrating the “We are All Differently Abled” (WADA) week from 16-22 November 2020, to appreciate its specially-abled people. Alstom employees several deserving specially-abled people, working across departments like Installation Engineering, Project Engineering and Structure Erection Designs.

Dedicated to celebrating the exemplary contributions of the differently-abled employees on site, Alstom continues to spread awareness on diversity and inclusivity at workplace through the week and will shed light on the need to provide a platform for people with disabilities to share their voice. The initiative aims to support differently-abled children as well. On the first day of the week, the company has run an audience engagement activity on Alstom’s social media, which would donate welfare boxes to underprivileged kids of disabilities for every like, comment and retweet.

A few of such employees who have been working with Alstom have shared their experience with the organization. 

Profiles of differently abled employees at Alstom:

Name: Chetan kumar Surkod

Working in: S&I Design team

Job title: CAD Engineer

Chetan Kumar works with the S&I Design team at Alstom and is a CAD Engineer. He joined the organisation in April 2019 and has since been supporting with layout plans (LOP) and Structure Erection Designs (SED) for the DC Traction project in Manila. He also supports with SED and As-built drawings for 2X25KV EDFC project in Agra.

Speech and hearing impaired, Chetan Kumar holds a Diploma in Architecture from JSS Polytechnic for the Differently Abled, Mysore. An extremely responsible and inquisitive team member, he ensures all tasks assigned to him are completed on time.Having met all the design milestones he has worked on,he has further ensured that the quality of CAD drawings have improved for the Manila Project.


Name: Sajjad H Mohammed

Working in: Alstom Digital Mobility (ADM)

Job title: IXL Application Support Engineer

Sajjad H Mohammed works in the Alstom Digital Mobility (ADM) team at Alstom and is an IXL Application Support Engineer. After initially having gone through the joining formalities with ease, Sajjad is now eagerly waiting for offices to resume as he is excited to start the training programs and work in proximity with his colleagues.

Sajjad had a limb length disability but it has not affected his work as he has demonstrated consistent performance. Alstom has been supporting him by providing training on softwares required for his work profile.


Name: Ganesh S

Working in: Alstom Digital Mobility (ADM)

Job title: Installation Engineer – CAD

Ganesh S works in the Alstom Digital Mobility (ADM) team at Alstom and is an Installation Engineer – CAD. He is looking forward for the offices to reopen as he can then work amongst his team members. On his brief interaction with the team at Alstom, Ganesh feels comfortably inclusive and is now eagerly awaiting for offices to resume as he is excited to start and undergo the training programs while working in proximity with his colleagues.

Ganesh is hearing and speech impaired but that has not hindered his work consistency. His colleagues and Managers at Alstom continuously motivate him to go the extra mile and he is keen on achieving milestones soon. Alstom has been supporting him by providing training on the latest technology / softwares needed by him to work efficiently.


Name: Mary Dayana

Working in: IFEC

Job title: Jr. Associate – Invoice to pay

Mary Dayana works in the IFEC department at Alstom and is a Junior Associate. She is a keen learner who is always prepared to go the extra mile and share work responsibilities when there is a need within the team. Mary handles French invoice accounting, invoice discrepancy management, supplier query management and supplier payments management.

Mary has a locomotor disability but does not let that affect her work. She is a consistent team member and has been able to perform her responsibilities ably, with the support from the organisation in terms of training, virtual meetings, etc.


Name: Ranjith

Working in: IFEC

Job title: Associate – Invoice to pay

Ranjith works in the IFEC department at Alstom and is an Associate. He has consistently demonstrated performance beyond expectations. Ranjith handles French invoice accounting, invoice discrepancy management, supplier query management and supplier payments management.

Ranjith has anorthopaedic handicap in his right arm but that has not been a hinderance whilst his tenure at Alstom, towards his work responsibilities.

Alstom in India:

  • Alstom’s footprint in India is spread across various states – focused on developing Engineering solutions at the Innovation Center in Bangalore, Electric Locomotives (eLoco) at the Madhepura unit, Rail Components in Coimbatore and eLoco Car Body Shell production in Kolkata. 
  • With more than 5700 full times employees, and in line with Government’s Make-in-India’ initiative, Alstom has been investing heavily in the country to deliver world class rolling stock, research & development and components to not only serve the domestic market, but also rest of the world. 
  • Until recently, Indian Railways has been extremely independent and never had joint ventures for its large projects.
  • Signing a partnership with Alstom in 2015 marked the beginning of a new era for Indian Railways.
  • The contract worth €3.5 billion includes manufacturing of 800 double-section 12000-horsepower electric locomotives for freight service and associated maintenance for a period of 11 years.
  • The project envisions to create more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs. 
  • Alstom is also executing electrification, signalling and telecommunications system for over 343 km along the Eastern phase of the ambitious Dedicated Freight Corridor which is a key step in transforming the freight services in the country. 
  • As part of the contract, Alstom is building the sub-stations and providing the control centre. 
  • The control centre situated at Allahabad is one of the world’s largest Operations Control Centres for Railways. 
  • The Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) will not just enable safer and timely movement of freight across the country but will also reduce the traffic on the corridor for passenger trains.

Source: Alstom-Press Release | Image Credit: Alstom India

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