APART FROM routine functions, exchange of greetings, gifts and sweets, the concluding day of the Golden Jubilee Year of BHEL was also marked by strong protests by employees and contract workers.
While BHEL employees under the aegis of BHEL Employees’ Trade Union burnt the effigy of BHEL management alleging huge corruption in the name of celebrations, contract labour of Bhopal unit today observed ‘black day’. Both employees and contract labours raised slogans against the BHEL management.
BHEL workers gathered at the foundry gate in response to the call given by BHEL Employees’ Trade Union. President of the Union, M W Siddiqui addressed a gate meeting on this occasion.
He leveled serious allegations against BHEL management and apprised employees that the management was spending a hefty sum of Rs 34 crore.
“On the one hand the power of spending Rs 10 lakh was given to General Managers on the other hand no significant incentive was given to BHEL workers,” he alleged.
Siddiqui also questioned the rational behind making huge expenditure in the name of Prime Minister’s visit and said his name was floated so as to make unwanted expenditure.
He called upon workers to seek information under the Right to Information Act about the alleged misuse of public money. Union general secretary R S Thakur said workers felt cheated by the management’s neglect.
“It is unfortunate that lakhs of rupees were wasted by senior officers in the name of golden jubilee celebrations,” he alleged. “Had the local management spent only 15 to 20 per cent of Rs 34 crore, the entire BHEL township would have become a heaven,” he added.
Thakur also demanded BHEL management provide benefit of Plant Performance bonus to contract workers who were contributing significantly in BHEL’s production work.