Mr. Saroj K. Poddar received in the National Order of Merit
On 19 August in Kolkata, the Ambassador of France to India, Mr. Alexandre Ziegler, conferred the insignia of “Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Mérite” (Commander in the National Order of Merit) on Mr. Saroj Kumar Poddar, Chairman and MD of Adventz Group of companies, former Chairman of Alstom India and Areva T&D.
Established in 1963 by President Charles de Gaulle, the founder of the Fifth Republic, “l’Ordre National du Mérite” is one of the highest national order of France.
This title was bestowed upon Mr. Poddar, at a formal reception being hosted in his honour, as a recognition of his outstanding contribution to the bilateral ties between India and France in the economic area.
In his speech, the Ambassador underscored that Mr. Poddar was accorded this recognition by the President of the French Republic for playing over several years an important role in setting up French firms in India and enhancing the relations between our two countries in the economic field. Mr. Poddar is a member of the Indo-French CEO Forum.