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The Super GM

WHAT EXTRAORDINARY qualities he has that makes him stand out among the peers is a big secret. But it is quite obvious that his job(s) profile provide an illusion of superhuman aura around general manager Deen Dayal.

india Updated: May 28, 2006 14:31 IST

WHAT EXTRAORDINARY qualities he has that makes him stand out among the peers is a big secret. But it is quite obvious that his job(s) profile provide an illusion of superhuman aura around general manager Deen Dayal.

He came to Bhopal unit barely a year ago and now holds dozen-odd departments. Needless to say, he turns his peers green with envy. Deen Dayal (literal translation in Hindi is the ‘one kind to the poor’) has the charge of traffic, human resources, law, industrial relations, publicity and public relations, civil, medical, training, sports and other departments.

With so many responsibilities to shoulder, the general manager is clearly overloaded though he might not admit it. But others have pointed out the same to the management. Some senior officers and trade union leaders also raised the issue with the local management about the overworked GM. 

Never mind retirement  
Executives in BHEL are wondering what great service RC Choudhary rendered to the BHEL that even 10 months after his retirement he has not bothered to vacate the official bungalow. And, no one is asking him to do so either. 

Choudhary, who retired in August last year, retained the BHEL residence on the plea that his own house is under construction. He is said to be paying nominal rent for the bungalow, which is still being maintained by the civic management with greater care that most BHEL houses enjoy.  

Five-minute interview
If an interview for senior deputy general manager post lasts for barely five minutes, one could be easily forgiven for treating the whole exercise as a sham. Last week, 114 candidates were interviewed for the senior deputy general manager’s post in just one-and-a-half day. The exercise raised eyebrows in the unit. For, never before interviews for such a senior post were conducted in such an unseemly and inexplicable haste.

Even those who were interviewed were quite sceptical about the exercise.
Most of them dismissed the five-minute appearance before the panel as a charade. Director, Finance, C S Verma, chaired the interview committee. The buzz is that the list of those who are to be promoted has already been prepared.

Wages of liberalisation
Reduction in expenditure on social sector, especially health and education had started in the public sector giant soon after liberalisation hit India in early nineties. Gradually, hospitals and educational institutes are getting close to the brink of closure for want of subsidy and grants. While one of the dispensaries in BHEL has already closed down, others are also gasping for oxygen.

Significantly, in a latest circular, the GM directed the authorities concerned not to undertake any maintenance work at schools including Jawaharlal Nehru School and others.

Costly non-communication 
In this age of communication, the BHEL corporate couldn’t ensure timely intimation to the participants about cancellation of joint committee meeting in New Delhi. The failure cost the company money in lakhs.

The joint committee meeting was scheduled to be held on May 26. Senior officials from various units with trade union leaders reached Delhi only to learn about cancellation of the meeting. The meeting has been deferred till return of the BHEL CMD from foreign jaunt.

Compassion blues
The Bhopal unit of BHEL assigned Professional Examination Board the task of conducting written examination for various posts of artisans. The idea was to ensure transparency in the examination. Fair enough. But the unit has failed to accommodate wards of some employees who died on duty. 

Indications are that the management has realised that such youths should be given appointment on compassionate ground. Necessary action might start soon.