No salary for 15 months; BHEL-EML staff in crisis during lockdown
Kasaragod: The lockdown became a heavy blow to the employees of BHEL Electrical Machines Limited (BHEL EML) who were already in crisis. The staff have not been paid their salary for the past 15 months. A total of 170 employees including contract staff are working in the central public sector company.
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the struggles of the staff only intensified. The company and its premises are counted as a COVID hotspot. Though the staff were sometimes provided a very meager amount, they are paid nothing after getting Rs 4000 in January this year. The central government had already ignored the company due to huge loss and the state government had decided to take up it.
At present, 49 percent of shares of the company is possessed by the state government. An order in this regard was issued in 2019, but the procedures were delayed as the central government's approval was not received. The employees complain that the state government did not consider them when relief packages were announced during the lockdown.
The trade unions have jointly given a memorandum to the chief minister and industrial minister requesting help. BHEL-EML Employees Union (CITU) president P Karunakaran requested the state government to complete the procedures to take up the company at the earliest and to provide emergency financial aid for the employees in this crisis time.