Some Lesser Known Facts About Sanjay Dalmia
- Does Sanjay Dalmia smoke?: Not Known
- Does Sanjay Dalmia drink alcohol?: Not Known
- Dalmia has roots in Chirawa, a town in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district.
- The Dalmia family had been in business for years, ever since Sanjay’s grandfather Jaidayal Dalmia, along with his brother Ram Krishna, started a conglomerate in eastern India, in the first half of the 20th century.
- Later, brothers Ram Krishna and Jaidayal joined hands with Shanti Prasad Jain of the Sahu Jain family to form the mammoth Dalmia-Jain Group.
- When Sanjay was still a child, his family moved from Lahore to Delhi, where he attended the premier Modern School.
- During his school days, Sanjay actively took part in debates, seminars, and conferences, on subjects ranging from politics to economy.
- In 1965, Sanjay joined the family business in Odisha.
- Within a year of joining the family business, he was handed over the charge of the cement product division with PCC poles for electrification and spun pipes for sanitation. Under his leadership, the PCC division bagged a tender of the Bihar Electricity Board.
- Thereafter, he assumed charge of the family’s distillery business in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, which supplied industrial alcohol to the Indian Army.
- The Dalmia Group has many companies including GHCL Ltd, Bharat Explosives Ltd, Caretel Infotech Ltd, and Golden Tobacco Ltd.
- Sanjay Dalmia was the Chairman of Golden Tobacco Ltd till February 2014.
- Dalmia also has expertise in several other industries, including IT, Finance and Investment, Telecommunications, Concept Marketing, and Holiday Resorts, etc.
- Mr Dalmia has also been a member of the Northern Committee of Industrial Development Bank of India and on the board (of directors) of the Union Bank of India.
- Dalmia is also the founder-director of the Europe-India Chamber of Commerce (EICC).
- He has also been a member of the Rajya Sabha, where he moved a Private Members’ bill, lobbying for the rechristening of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to ‘Shaheed and Swaraj Islands’, as a token of honour for Subhash Chandra Bose and other freedom fighters.
- Sanjay Dalmia, along with Ms Jai Madaan, a noted social activist, has formed the “Bharat Maa Shaheed Samman Trust,” to appreciate and honour the freedom fighters.
- He also runs Masoom, a school for special children from economically challenged backgrounds.
- In 2018, Dalmia Bharat Group became the first corporate house in India’s history to adopt a historical monument (in this case, Delhi’s Red Fort) in a ₹25 Crore contract spanning five years.
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