“Organizations are built by people. People are built by opportunities. Only a true leader provides those opportunities.” Late Shri Prabhudayal Agarwal (PDji), (1st January 1920 - 17th September 1982) as he was affectionately called was among such people. He was an entrepreneur, businessman, a philanthropist, an enthusiast with a never give up attitude, a trendsetter and a pioneer of the transport industry. In the year 1958, with just one truck plying between Calcutta and Bombay Shri. PD ji laid the foundation of Transport Corporation of India (TCI). His belief that trust and total commitment towards customers are key to the success of the organization stands true even today.
TCI was privileged to honor and celebrate the Birth Centenary of its Founder Chairman Shri. Prabhu Dayal Agarwal (Shri. P.D. Ji), with the release of a ‘Customized My Stamp and Special Cover’. The stamp was unveiled by Mr. Dushyant Mudgal – Director – Postal Services, Delhi Circle in the presence of Shri. Mahendra Nath Pandey – Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) at New Delhi on 22nd December 2020. Shri. D.P. Agarwal (Shri. DPji) – Chairman and Managing Director TCI Group, Mr. Vineet Agarwal, MD – TCI; Mr. Chander Agarwal, MD – TCI Express Ltd. & Director – TCI Group and Mr. Rajkiran Kanagala, Sr. Vice President & Group Head – Business Development – TCI were also present on this historic day.
Nearly 400 people have witnessed this momentous occasion, including esteemed members of AIMTC, AITWA, other leading state transport associations, IIHMR, express and logistics industry, via online video conferencing.
Shri. Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, the Honorable Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), while addressing the gathering said that having been so closely associated with Shri. P.D. Agarwal, it was his privilege to have the opportunity to release the ‘Customized My Stamp and Special Cover’ in his honor.
Vividly recalling his interactions and experiences with Shri. PDji and with TCI, Shri. Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey said, “As a dedicated logistics company, backed with high values and, virtues, there is not one transport challenge in the country that TCI has not stood up to. Shri. PDji started with just one truck plying between Calcutta and Bombay and even after it burnt in a fire, he compensated the customers. Shri. PDji managed to create a company that gives precedence to the nation and the society while serving with utmost sincerity, building confidence and trust in their customers. He appreciated the TCI fraternity & Shri. D.P. Agarwal especially for strengthening the legacy left behind by Shri. PDJi.”
Shri. D. P. Agarwal, Chairman and Managing Director - TCI Group, felt humbled to remember how Shri. P.D Agarwal’s efforts have been instrumental and a continuous source of inspiration for them. He also threw light on how Shri. PDji’s contribution to our society extends beyond transport to education, health, village development, women empowerment.
The ideals and visions of our Founder-Chairman will always remain a source of inspiration.