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Reality bites after a rosy picture

Production reality bites the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) management. It is now sinking in that BHEL Executive Director P.T. Deo rather painted too rosy a picture of the company at his annual press conference in April.

india Updated: May 21, 2006 15:03 IST

Production reality bites the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) management. It is now sinking in that BHEL Executive Director P.T. Deo rather painted too rosy a picture of the company at his annual press conference in April.

He reeled out statistics to drive home the point that the BHEL mother unit had registered an unprecedented growth, be it in work order, profit, or export…The list was quite long. 

The reality flies in his face. The Bhopal unit failed to achieve its production target for 2005-06. However, the management springs a defence: some equipment not dispatched till March 31 were not included in the production list. The top management is unmoved at the defence,  insiders in the company said.  Some officials of the Bhopal unit are likely to face the music.

A few general managers and senior executives are likely to be shunted out soon.

Transfers wait on 
Though the executives on the firing line may be spending sleepless nights, others lobbying hard for plum posts are waiting with bated breath to see their names on the transfer list.

The BHEL executives’ transfer list is ready but it is not out. Nearly 50 executives – in the ranks of DGM and above — are likely to reshuffled. 

Govt lands on PSU lap
Though suspense hangs on the transfer list, those eyeing BHEL land have been left with no room for doubts.
During her maiden visit to Bhopal, Union Minister of State for Heavy Engineering Kanti Singh made it clear that surplus BHEL land would be transferred to the State Government only. Home dreams of individuals and institutions, aspiring for a piece of land, came crashing down.

Sources say BHEL never mooted transferring land to housing societies as some unions had been propagating. However, many are surprised at the delay in transfer of land. After the chief minister’s meeting with Union Heavy Industry Minister Santosh Mohan Deo recently, it was hoped that the formality of land transfer would be completed soon.

After 20 yrs, Bhopal on queue
Let the government wait for the land, but the wait for recruitment was over. BHEL conducted direct examination for recruitment of engineers and artisans after a gap of 20 years. But Bhopal aspirants for artisan posts are still on the queue. None from the city could appear in the examination.

The eligibility criteria was so stringent that applications from the Bhopal ITI were rejected at the counter. Only those who had national ITI certificate with one-year training experience in BHEL were eligible for the examination. Nearly 5200 appeared for 250 posts.

Hospital put to test
Exams are over but Kasturba hospital faces a test. The hospital was considered the best in Bhopal. BHEL staffers would proudly mention its modern facilities, efficient service, qualified doctors and dedicated staff.

Of late, however, the hospital is in the news for wrong reasons. Only two days back, angry colleagues and family members of
technician Dwarka Prasad Davi created an uproar in front of the hospital.

Their contention was that Davi could have been saved had the doctor attended to him on time. Oxygen cylinder, the protesters said, was not there for Davi who was brought to the hospital after he suffered a serious head injury in a road mishap. Old-timers, who have seen the glorious days of the hospital, must be squirming on their bed.