UNION MINISTER for Heavy Industries Santosh Mohan Deb today announced distribution of a 10-gram golden coin along with a pair of wrist watches to the employees of BHEL amidst huge applaud of employees.
Deb was speaking at a function organised in connection with the BHEL golden jubilee year celebrations here on Monday at Piplani parade ground. He also announced that the Union Government has approved the 7th Round for Wage Negotiations in Public Sector Enterprises.
“The pay committee will be appointed very soon for the executives. I am sure these measures will take care of the hardships currently faced by both workers and managers,” he said.
Praising the heavy engineering giant, the minister said that the company has made the country self-reliant in power sector. “Every three houses out of four in India are illuminated by the power equipments manufactured by the BHEL. Indeed, powerful vision of Pandit Nehru has been accomplished by a powerful performer,” said the Minister.
Referring the prevailing challenges before the BHEL, the Union Minister said that the eleventh five-year plan, which is on the anvil, contemplates addition of over 62,000 mw to the installed utility capacity for electricity. For this the company has to strive hard and to look for other available options for generating power.
“I am happy that BHEL has also been able to tie-up for supercritical technology with world leaders and will be able to meet the requirements of mega power plants in the 11th plan onwards. I am happy to learn that requisite steps for enhancing capacity to 10000 mw per annum have already been taken by BHEL”, said Dev.
Terming the BHEL as Indian multinational of power sector, the minister said it is a matter of pride for all of us that the equipments manufactured and supplied by the company are at par with the international standards.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh saluted the commitment and dedication of BHEL employees. He said that employees and workers of the company have strived hard and has taken it such a height that has made the entire country proud. Chief Minister also urged the Union Minister to redress some of the pending demands of the employees and workers of the company.
Referring to the significant growth made by the company in past five decades, Chief Minister said “Achievements made by the BHEL in past 50 years have contradicted the popular notion that PSUs would not be able to compete with the private sector and multinational companies”.
In his keynote address, Governor, Dr Balram Jakhar congratulated the employees and workers of BHEL for realising the dream of the great visionary Jawaharlal Nehru. Terming the Union Minister as very cooperative and energetic, the Governor urged him to take some concrete decision about expansion of Bhopal unit. Referring to productivity and experience gained by him
while visiting several countries, the Governor said that the need of hour is to increase productivity on the lines of Japan where one employee used to work of 14 employees.
Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Heavy Industries, Santosh Bagrodia, Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries, Kanti Singh, Commerce and Industries minister Babulal Gaur and Secretary Ministry of Heavy Industries, Ramesh Chandra Panda also addressed to the employees.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Chairman and Managing Director of the Company, A K Puri said that BHEL is well on its way to enhancing its manufacturing capacity from 6,000 MW at present to 10,000 MW annually and will be more than willing to enhance it further as required by the power sector.
On the occasion the Union Minister also felicitated senior retired executives of BHEL. Union Minister also released a book ‘Creation of A World Class Engineering Enterprise’. Board of Directors members of BHEL, former Executive Directors of the Bhopal unit along with large number of executives, employees along with their families were present on the occasion.
1 In his inimitable style of communication laced with humour, Governor Dr Balram Jakhar during his address pointed out at Union Minister for Heavy Industries, Santosh Mohan Deb and said, “Lage Raho Deb Bhai..…” towards expansion and making BHEL more prosperous profit-wise. Adding, he said, as lots of people have spoken on BHEL, Bhopal, I too would like to share my views – “Kyunki Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin”.
2 The Governor, looked at Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries Kanti Singh and said, “Kanti Behan aap kranti phaila rahin hain, jate-jate kuchh yahan ko bhi dete jayein aur logon ka pyar lete jayein” (Kanti Behan you are spreading revolution and while leaving Bhopal give some gift to people of BHEL and MP, and have their love in exchange).
3 Reminiscing his meeting with Santosh Mohan Deb in New Delhi, Dr Jakhar said, “I went to his house and found him lying ill on bed. I told him how come you’re lying low, as State’s (MP) future lies in your hand and then requested him to sign the document that finally gave green signal towards commencement of Auto-testing track at Pithampura”.
4 A band of scribes from NE states came to cover BHEL function and press conference. The Union Minister took special care to get journos from his constituency in Assam. During press conference, one of the reporters was found asking several question to Deb and raised a demand on setting up a similar unit like BHEL in Assam. Replying to it, Deb jokingly questioned, “But you are stationed in Delhi only, how come you’re raising demand for Assam”. All broke into laughter.
5 State’s Commerce & Industry Minister Babulal Gaur was found in a jubilant mood. And it came to fore during his address. He proudly said, “I welcome you all specially to BHEL, as it lies in my constituency from where I’ve won eight times and it’s all due to the workers and employees of BHEL”.