UNION HEAVY Industries Minister Santosh Mohan Deb arrived to a rousing welcome in Bhopal on Sunday. BHEL employees and officers accorded the Union Minister a warm welcome.
The Union Minister will participate on Monday in a clutch of functions being held as part of the BHEL Golden Jubilee year celebrations.
On Monday at 10 am, the Union Minister will participate in a function at Prerna Sthal, the place where former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru had dedicated the plant to the nation. At 11 am, the Minister will go to the new Hydro Block near gate No. 6.
Deb and senior officials of BHEL will also take a round of some blocks of the Bhopal unit. The main function will be held at Piplani Ground at 5.30 pm. In this function, the Minister is likely to make some announcement.
Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries Kanti Singh, Union Minister, Suresh Pachouri, Governor Dr Balram Jakhar, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Commerce and Industries Minister Babulal Gaur, BHEL Chairman and Managing Director A K Puri, BHEL Bhopal unit Executive Director P T Deo, Mayor Sunil Sood and BHEL Board of Directors will remain present.
Deb and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were to participate in the Golden Jubilee function in August. However, both could not come at that time due to some reason.
Employees of Bhopal unit and other units of the BHEL are looking forward to the proposed meeting of Deb, in which he is likely to make announcement about ‘golden jubilee gift’ to the employees.
Many trade union leaders will meet the Union Minister and draw his attention to the long-pending demands of BHEL employees. Retired BHEL employees may show placard with their demands on it to the Union Minister.
Commerce and Industry Minister Babulal Gaur is likely to raise the issue of early surrender of land with the Union Minister. Though Board of Directors of the Navratna Company has given its nod for surrendering over 2200 acre surplus land to the Madhya Pardesh Government, the Union Government has not taken a final decision on the issue.