BHEL to recruit staff after several years
THE SUDDEN spurt in orders and increasing demand of power equipment has forced the BHEL management to go for fresh recruitment after a gap of several years. Though the process of recruiting people is under way, the corporate management in New Delhi is also keeping an eye on these developments and is directing the local units to go for hiring both technical and non-technical people.india Updated: Nov 11, 2006 19:03 IST
THE SUDDEN spurt in orders and increasing demand of power equipment has forced the BHEL management to go for fresh recruitment after a gap of several years. Though the process of recruiting people is under way, the corporate management in New Delhi is also keeping an eye on these developments and is directing the local units to go for hiring both technical and non-technical people.
“We are looking into this aspect and undertaking recruitment at various units. Human Resource Department of the company, in consultation with respective units, is catering to this situation,” said BHEL Chairman and Managing Director A K Puri.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, the CMD of the heavy engineering giant candidly admitted that shortage of employees because of retirement and voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) introduced a couple of years ago, is creating some problems for the company. However, the existing staff is competent enough to deal with such situation and they are contributing significantly, he added.
Director, Human Resource, S K Jain is also having a same opinion. He said that management is making efforts to increase productivity of employees and that is why the company is able to meet the targets. Besides, it also contributed a lot in increasing productivity of existing staff that resulted in reduction in cost of production to some extent, he added.
Jain said that corporate management is keeping a close eye on these developments and allowing the local units to either take services of retired BHEL employees or undertake fresh recruitment. “The company has already recruited 1500 new people and is likely to recruit further, taking the requirement of local units into consideration,” he added.
Sources in the company admitted that there is a shortage of trained manpower - mainly fitters, welders, grinders, painters, electricians and gas-cutters. Apart from this, vacancies are also present for engineers and at supervisory level. This situation prevailed in majority of the units of the company, they revealed.
Another indication of the growing demand is the fact that many units of BHEL including Bhopal, Tiruchi and Ranipet etc recently undertook the first recruitment in many years. This would certainly give a major push in capacity expansion. Sources say that over the next few years more recruitment is on the cards - perhaps up to two thousand people.
Conditions would certainly improve once the proposed recruitment would be undertaken at various units of the company, as all of them are having good order book position.
The BHEL Karmachari Trade Union also raised the issue before Union Minister for Heavy Industries, Santosh Mohan Deb during his recent Bhopal visit, and requested him to employ regular employees in the plant giving preference to the qualified dependents of the deceased employees.
Citing example of Bhopal unit, union president M W Siddiqui mentioned in a memorandum submitted to Deb that in 1998, the strength of employees at Bhopal unit was 19,000.
“From 1999 onwards, in the three years, the strength of employees has gone down to 11,000 because of VRS and now it has further came down to nearly 7,000,” said Siddiqui. The veteran trade union urged Deb not to undertake factory work through contract labourers, retired and private employees.
First Published: Nov 11, 2006 19:03 IST