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KASARAGOD: Practically three months after chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated KEL-Electrical Machines Restricted (KEL-EML) after taking it over from the Union authorities, the machines of the unit in Kasaragod are nonetheless silent.
The unit obtained orders value Rs 74 lakh to make 5 160 kV alternators — mills that convert mechanical vitality to electrical vitality — diesel mills and spares. “However neither do we now have sufficient uncooked materials nor working machines to fabricate them,” stated Ragesh Kumar, an worker and chief of INTUC, the Congress-affiliated commerce union.
In a evaluate assembly chaired by minister for industries P Rajeev on June 2, principal secretary P M Mohammed Hanish stated 40% of the full 120 workers haven’t any job within the unit. At the moment, the corporate has solely 99 workers. “And virtually all of them are sitting idle. We come within the morning and go away within the night. If that is how they’re planning to run the unit, it’ll shut store quickly,” stated Kumar.
In November, the unit gave its pc numerical management (CNC), which controls complicated machines equivalent to lathes, and vertical turning machines for upkeep. “Eight months on, the vital machines are nonetheless underneath restore,” stated V Pavitharan, one other worker and vice-president of INTUC within the unit.
To start with, the federal government ought to have targeted on appointing an in a position managing director, who would steer the manufacturing unit out of the difficulty, and second, present working capital to the unit.
Within the assembly held in Thiruvananthapuram, the managing director of Kerala Electrical & Allied Engineering Co. Ltd (KEL) Col (retired) Shaji Varghese stated a full-time director or a managing director must be appointed at its subsidiary KEL-EML. The stakeholders agreed to nominate a senior worker of KEL because the unit head in Kasaragod.
Nobody ought to sit idle: Minister
Responding to industries division principal secretary Hanish, minister Rajeeve stated no worker must be allowed to sit down idle.
In line with the minutes of the assembly, the minister referred to as for rationalising the staff based mostly on manufacturing. “Staff’ salaries ought to come from the manufacturing unit’s revenue,” he stated and advised his officers that the unit must be “working in full capability by July-August”.
When contacted, Varghese stated a brand new unit would take time to run at full capability and stated it was anticipating new orders from the Railways. The stakeholders additionally agreed to nominate an MBA graduate with experience in advertising and marketing to seek out new purchasers and marketplace for KEL-EML’s merchandise.
In his report offered on the assembly, KEL MD Varghese stated KEL-EML was more likely to finish FY2022 with a turnaround of Rs 12.32 crore. Public Sector Restructuring and Inner Audit Board (RIAB) chairman Ashok R requested KEL-EML to furnish particulars of orders the unit was anticipated to win.
As really helpful by RIAB, the chief minister introduced a Rs 77-crore revival package deal for KEL-EML after its takeover, and sanctioned Rs 20 crore on April 1, when he inaugurated the unit.
Varghese stated many of the Rs 20 crore was spent on clearing the liabilities of the staff.
Staff of the federal government cleared the wage dues until March 2020. From March 2020 to April 2022, when the unit remained shut first due to covid lockdown after which for lack of working capital or work order, the federal government agreed to pay 35% of the wage. “The choice to pay solely 35% of the salaries was compelled on workers and but the administration has not launched the quantity,” stated Ragesh Kumar. The administration has additionally withheld 10% of gratuity and wage dues of retired workers, he stated.
Of the Rs 20 crore, round Rs 6.5 crore was spent on clearing dues of the staff, Rs 2.5 crore was spent on bettering the infrastructure and round 3.25 crore was spent on clearing dues of the purchasers, stated an official. “Round 8 crore has not been spent but,” he stated.
When contacted, Varghese didn’t share the main points of the fund utilization however stated: “To the perfect of my information (there’s) no unspent quantity”.
Staff stated the federal government hard-bargained with purchasers and repaid solely a portion of what was owed to them as a one-time settlement. “However we now have to depend upon the identical purchasers. Now they’re demanding money upfront earlier than delivering uncooked materials,” stated one other worker.