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Is poor working condition last nail in BIC coffin?

THE DISMAL working condition at the British India Corporation (BIC) may lead to the closure of its last two textile mills ? Lal Imli and Dhariwal.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 00:32 IST

THE DISMAL working condition at the British India Corporation (BIC) may lead to the closure of its last two textile mills — Lal Imli and Dhariwal.

At present, BIC officers were on weeklong protest in support of their demand to increase salary. On an earlier occasion also employees had gone on strike on the same issue. There had been disturbances over opposition to suspended CMD RR Kanojia. Each and every problem at the BIC has affected management of the unit and working condition.

Lal Imli, once a renowned name in the textile industry, had the capacity to produce 65,000 meter of cloth but the present output was just 600 meter, said mill sources.

They complained of not getting proper raw material and machines lying non-functional for long. Besides, cloth Rs 15 crore was lying in its warehouse.

Recently, a defence unit rejected cloth worth Rs 1.5 crore as the shades differed.

General secretary of Lal Imli Shramik Morcha Sri Prakash Pandey said the BIC was facing deep trouble due to poor management practices. He accused officers of politicking and not doing their assigned duty.

Pandey said the mill had about 825 workers and 250 officials, whereas according to the Board of Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) there should have been 1518 workers. This was also one of the reasons for the mill not being able to run in three shifts, Pandey added.

Pandey said if employees were made part of the management and the number of officers reduced to five, then the mill would run properly and earn profit.

However, talking to HT, general manager Lal Imli PK Sharma refuted all charges but avoided any direct answers to the queries.

Sharma accused the employees of poor work culture. About technical problems, he said there were a few and they would be corrected.

On issues like poor marketing and management, Sharma refused to comment.
Director of Textile and Handicrafts Santosh Singh Bhadoria said efforts were on to improve BIC management.

He said the suspension of company secretary KC Bajpai was a step in that direction. Bhadorai also said that many such steps would follow soon.

First Published: Feb 12, 2006 00:32 IST