HEC wage crisis resonates in Parliament

Ranchi: Geeta Koda, Congress party’s MP from Singbhum, on Tuesday raked up the ongoing crisis situation in Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC), a central government entity headquartered in Ranchi, in the ongoing Parliament session demanding immediately payment of salaries to its staffs who are have stopped work since last 13 days owing to non-payment since last six months. On Monday, HEC management released 50 percent salary of June month but the agitating workers have denied to return to work.

Raising the issue in Lok Sabha, Koda said that HEC, a Navratna company needs immediately assistance to help it tide over the crisis. She said, “About 1,301 regular and 1,701 contract workers in the company are running without pay since last seven months. They are forced to battle hunger and stir for their rights to run their families. Their situation has turned further worse due to covid-19. The Centre must step in to ensure salaries are paid immediately.” 

Ranchi MP Sanjay Seth too last week took up the matter with Ministry of Heavy Industries after which HEC’s acting CMD Nalin Singhal was rushed to hold talks but it failed to end the agitation.