UNAUTHORISED POSSESSION of quarters is not confined to State Government employees. Similar practice is being adopted by dozens of people who were allotted BHEL houses. Many people, mostly police, are living in these quarters without paying the licence fee (read monthly rent) for years.
Though the State Government has taken the issue seriously after intervention of the Supreme Court and has stared issuing notices to the squatters, the BHEL management is adopting a strange silence. It is allowing people to remain in these quarters. What is surprising is the fact that many allottees are not bothered about paying monthly rents.
Main rent defaulters include policemen, employees of education societies, courts, CISF, R&C, NHDC and a subsidiary of Indian Railway RDSO.
Policemen who have failed to pay rent for months together include Prakash Dubey, G S Sengar, Surendra Singh, Hira Lal, Brijwasi Mishra, Jahir Singh, Sunil Sharma and D L Prem. Similarly, an RTO Hanumant S Rajput’s name also figured among those who did not clear their dues as on August 31.
Some employees of other organisations like RDSO, NHDC, CISF and HEES - including Sunder Singh, Raj Kumar Sharma, Rajesh Kumar Patel, Atul Kumar Sharma, M A Patole, B Neelkhant, R K Bajpai, A P Singh, P D Berman, and J C Notial - also failed to pay rent along with the Director, SOS Village, Preeti Nair.
Sources in BHEL said that the local management is adopting different approaches towards different people. Talking to Hindustan Times, BHEL Retired Employees Association president J S Puri expressed surprise over the attitude being adopted by the BHEL management towards those who are not paying rent regularly.
Puri said that when retired BHEL employees failed to pay rent for a couple of months, officials and staff of Town Administration not only misbehaved with them but in many cases also disconnected electricity and water supply to their houses.
Attempts were made to contact Additional General Manager, Communication and Public Relations, P N Agnihotri to get the company version but his mobile phone only kept ringing.
Retired employees hope to grab Deb’s attention
IN VIEW of the proposed Bhopal visit of Union Heavy Minister Santosh Mohan Deb and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited Chairman A K Puri, retired BHEL employees have begun chalking out strategies to draw their attention to their long-pending demands.
Retired employees want to apprise the Minister and the CMD of non-redressal of their long-pending demands by the local management. Both Deb and Puri are likely to participate in a special programme being organised by the Bhopal unit on November 6.
Retired employees of Bhopal unit of BHEL are not happy with the local management’s alleged indifferent attitude. In a statement issued here on Saturday, BHEL Retired Employees Association president J S Puri alleged that the Bhopal unit was adopting indifferent attitude to the woes of retired employees. The final decision over the course of action to be adopted by the retired employees would be taken at the meeting of retired employees on Sunday, he added.
When Deb visited Bhopal unit in 2004, retired employees drew his attention to their demands, Puri recalled, adding that the he had also assured that demands of retired employees would met. However, two years have passed since then but the local management had taken no decision in this regard, Puri alleged.
The main demands are allotment of BHEL quarters on lease to retired employees, payment of increased gratuity to those who retired during 1995 to 1997, return the illegal Income Tax deduction made in 1999 from the package of those employees who had opted for VRS, restore free medical facility to retired employees, stop illegal recovery of water cess and proper maintenance of BHEL quarters.
Puri alleged that the local management of BHEL is not ready to talk on these issue. “We are making repeated efforts for the past two years but BHEL management is not even ready to listen to our grievances.”
Association general secretary M L Bharadwaj said management of other PSUs at Bhilai, Durgapur, Raurkela, Dhanbad etc. have already given quarters to their retired employees on lease but the BHEL management has not yet taken any decision on the issue.