Over 100 employees, including engineers, of the ailing Ranchi-based PSU Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) left for Delhi with cut-out replicas of Chandrayaan-3 to stage a demonstration to protest against non-disbursal of salaries for 18 months, according to a report of Animesh Bisoee published in TELEGRAPH.
Quoting HEC majdoor union President Bhawan Singh Report said, that workers left for Delhi by different trains to Delhi for a demonstration. They also carried cut-out replicas of Chandrayaan-3 to show to the masses and remind the Centre about our contribution to the recent lunar exploration mission by the Isro. Workers claimed that they have not been paid our salaries for 18 months.
HEC workers and engineers claimed that they had constructed several parts of the second launching pad of the Isro which was used for Chandrayaan-3. Engineers of HEC had constructed 400/60 EOT (electric overhead travelling) crane, 200/30T EOT crane, 10 Ton hammerhead tower crane, FCVRP (folding cum vertical repositionable platform), horizontal sliding door and mobile launching pedestal of the Isro.
Singh also informed that several MPs of different parties had expressed solidarity with their cause and would attend the dharna on Jantar Mantar road.
“Some of our members have already reached Delhi and have been reaching out to MPs and other leaders so that they attend our demonstration. We have no hope from the BJP and AJSU MPs from Jharkhand as they do not have the guts to raise their voices before the central government. We have also sought an appointment with the Union heavy industries minister,” said Singh.
“The CPM MP had earlier this month written to the Union heavy industries minister Mahendra Nath Pandey, highlighting the plight of 2,800 employees who are on the brink of starvation because of non-payment of salaries…. We expect MPs from other parties, too, to attend the dharna” said Singh.
“HEC is in a dying state today despite receiving a lot of orders as no modernisation has taken place. Due to the non-availability of working capital owing to the closure of the bank guarantee, HEC is unable to fulfil orders. The salaries of HEC personnel are also unpaid for the last 18 months,” the letter states.