Bobby Mohanty appointed as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Maldives in Mumbai

The appointment of Mohanty is significant as India-Maldives relationship has been on the upswing since the last two years after the visit of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India aspires to work closely for the realization of Maldives’ developmental priorities, especially in areas of infrastructure, health-hygiene, connectivity, disaster management and human resources. Maldives has been the biggest beneficiary of GoI’s COVID relief among its neighbours. In order to assist Maldives in its economic recovery, India has provided a financial assistance of US$ 250 million to the Maldives in September 2020. Multi-facetted personality Mohanty will strive to enhance trade, investment and diplomatic ties between the two countries in several key areas. India is Maldives’ 4th largest trade partner after UAE, China and Singapore. Indian imports from the Maldives primarily comprise scrap metals while Indian exports to the Maldives include a variety of engineering and industrial products like drugs and medicines radar apparatus, rock boulders, aggregates, cement and agriculture produce like rice, spices, fruits, vegetables and poultry produce etc. Indians are the second largest expatriate community in Maldives. To boost trade and investment, an 18 member CII CEO delegation visited Malè in August 2020 to meet their Maldivian counterparts and concerned Ministers in order to explore business avenues.

Mohanty has a Master’s degree of Science & Technology and an alumnus of IIT (ISM) Dhanbad. He has been involved in Philanthropy and Social Activities with his own hard-earned resources through the Bobby Mohanty Foundation Trust since 2004. He has been the Chairman-Promoter of four private limited profit-making tax compliant companies with Zero Liabilities having offices in Mumbai and abroad. His company TechEngg Project Services &Equipments (India) Pvt. Ltd. is into consulting, trading and marketing in heavy engineering equipment, spares and services. It is also into supply of equipment & services in the field of power, heavy engineering, mining and metals from different parts of the globe. He is also an investor in Start-ups and cutting-edge technologies in India, Indonesia and Singapore. He started his career with the Steel Authority of India Limited and De Beers Group.Mohanty has been the Joint Secretary, Students Union, Ravenshaw College and the Leader, Post Graduate Group, Applied Geology and Geophysics IIT, Dhanbad. He has recognised experience and expertise in private sector Mining Labour Management & Laws; and International Industrial techno commercial rules and strategy-trade. He has wide influence and contacts across the political & industrial spectrum of Odisha, India and abroad. He is a Member, India International Centre, New Delhi; Member, Cuttack Club, Cuttack, Orissa; Member, OCA Club, Cuttack, Orissa.

As Founder Trustee, Bobby Mohanty Foundation (BMFT) has the avowed aim of serving the rural masses and the poorest of the poor of Odisha in Badamba&Narasinghpur blocks by consistently promoting skill development and awareness to minimize rural poverty. In Education, here are the achievements…1) Adult Literacy Campaign (ALC): BMFT have initiated these ALCs across 197 villages; 2) Sponsoring for Higher Education: Poor meritorious students from both the blocks have been sponsored to pursue their higher education; 3) Promotion of Odia language among IV to VII class students under BMFTs “Suddha Odia Pathana, Likhana “O” Kathan Program”.In Livelihood Promotion, the achievements are as follows: 1) Marketing linkage of finished products: Acting as a bridge between the producer’s group marketing agency like ORMAS/ NABARD; 2) Tailoring Training Center (TTC): 3-months tailoring training program covering most of the Gram Panchayats in Badamba and Narasinghpur; 3) Mushroom cultivation: Women in 22 Gram Panchayats have been imparted training. These women have been entrusted with the task of imparting training to 4 other women each; 4) Agarbatti (Incense Sticks) making for women: - Wooden planks & raw materials provided for Agarbatti making.; 5) Phenyl & Candle Making for women - Credit linkage and Market linkage established leading to potential of earning additional family income.

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