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Maruti's Gurgaon unit union opposes sacking of workers at Manesar

The worker's union said it will try to rally support of other unions in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt against dismissal of Manesar plant workers

New Delhi: Workers of Maruti Suzuki India's Gurgaon plant have opposed the decision of the management to sack their 500 colleagues at the company's Manesar facility, reports PTI.

 

Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union (MUKU), the workers' body at the Gurgaon factory of Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), said it will try to rally support of other unions in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt against dismissal of Manesar plant workers.

 

"We are opposed to the sacking of workers at the Manesar plant. This was not the right thing," MUKU general secretary Kuldeep Jhangu said.

 

He further said MUKU, along with unions from other firms in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt, is organising a protest rally this afternoon at Gurgaon against the sacking of the Manesar workers, apart from making other demands.

 

Asked what would be MUKU's action if the sacked workers are not reinstated, Jhangu said: "The co-ordination committee which was formed sometime back will decide as to what we should do."

 

He declined a direct reply when pressed if the union would go on strike if the management refused to take back the sacked workers.

 

Apart from opposing sacking of MSI's Manesar plant workers and "harassment of innocent workers there", the rally will also highlight call for abolition of contract labor and hiking of minimum wage, among others.

 

Yesterday, MSI Chairman had announced that the company was terminating the services of the workers saying the management have "lost confidence in them".

 

"We have already issued notices to 500 permanent workers at the plant. The number may increase depending upon the investigation and if there is a need to issue more notices, we will," Bhargava had said.

 

The workers are being sacked for their alleged involvement in the 18th July incident in which one senior executive of the company was killed and nearly 100 others injured.

 

MSI has clarified that the extent of damage to the plant due to the arson and violence was "less than Rs10 crore" and not Rs110 crore as being reported.

 

The month-long lockout at the Manesar plant will be lifted on 21st August and partial production will resume. The company said 300 workers will report for duty.

 

Production at the plant will be ramped up gradually from an initial 150 cars per day, MSI had said, adding the normal capacity of the plant ranges from 1,500-1,700 units a day depending on demand.

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BHEL to set up new manufacturing facility in Maharashtra

BHEL is planning a 90,000 tonne capacity production facility of seamless tubes products at Bhandara in Maharashtra

Tiruchirapalli: State-run engineering company BHEL is planning to set up a new manufacturing facility in Maharashtra for which it would invest Rs159 crore, reports PTI quoting a top company official.

 

BHEL Tiruchirapalli Complex Executive Director AV Krishnan said BHEL, which has a special focus on power plant equipment, plans a 90,000 tonne capacity production facility of seamless tubes products at Bhandara in Maharashtra.

 

Though it is in the initial stage, pending land acquisition, BHEL has decided to invest Rs159 crore to augment tubular products available in the western region, where requirement is high, he told PTI.

 

Krishnan said given the transportation bottlenecks all over the country, the location of the new plant has been chosen near Nagpur due to its easy access to major steel plants like Bhilai and Rourkela.

 

He expressed hope that things would fortify for the actual blueprint by next month. Production is expected to crystallise in the next two to three years, Krishnan said.

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CAG: Private companies gain Rs1.86 lakh crore by getting coal blocks on nomination

The CAG report, tabled in Parliament, names 25 companies including Essar Power, Hindalco, Tata Steel, Tata Power and Jindal Steel and Power which have got the blocks in various states

New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Friday said private companies are likely to gain Rs1.86 lakh crore from coal blocks that were allocated to them on nomination basis instead of competitive bidding, which amounted to the loss to national exchequer, reports PTI.

 

The CAG in its report, tabled in Parliament, names 25 companies including Essar Power, Hindalco, Tata Steel, Tata Power and Jindal Steel and Power which have got the blocks in various states.

 

"Delay in introduction of the process of competitive bidding has rendered the existing process beneficial to the private companies. Audit has estimated financial gains to the tune of Rs 1.86 lakh crore likely to accrue to private coal block allottees," CAG said in a report on allocation of coal blocks.

 

The CAG said it has arrived at the estimates based on the average cost of production and average sale price of opencast mines of Coal India in the year 2010-11.

 

"A part of this financial gain could have accrued to the national exchequer by operationalising the decision taken years earlier to introduce competitive bidding for allocation of coal blocks," CAG said.

 

The auditing body said it is "of strong opinion that there is a need for strict regulatory and monitoring mechanism to ensure that benefit of cheaper coal is passed on consumers".

 

The concept of allocation of captive coal blocks through competitive bidding was announced in 2004. However, government is yet to finalise the modus operandi of competitive bidding.

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