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All India Defence Employees Federation opposes corporatisation of Ordnance Factories…
AIDEF conveys its stand to the Defence Minister, Shri.Manohar Parrikar…
It is seen from the media report that the Government is considering the proposal to corporatise the Ordnance Factories. The 4 lakh Defence Civilian Employees and their Trade Unions have opposed any move of the Govt in the past to corporatise the Ordnance Factories, which is not in the interest of National Security of the country. Moreover the experiment. with various Public Sector Units reveal that ultimately it will result in privatisation. The Ordnance Factories are captive industry established for manufacturing Military Equipments including Tanks, Arms, Ammunitions, Vehicles and other troop comforts, strategic uniforms etc. Therefore the Defence Production Ordnance Factories should be under the control of Government. In this regard there are written agreement with the Federations of the Defence Civilian Employees by the then Defence Ministers, including the then Defence Minister, now Hon’ble President of India Shri.Pranab Mukherjee, that Ordnance Factories would not be corporatised. A delegation of AIDEF met Defence Minister Shri.Manohar Parrikar on 1.1.2015 and conveyed the views of the employees that Ordnance Factories should not be privatised. The Ordnance Factories should not be privatised in view of the agreernent with the recognised Federations. The Defence Minister has assured that he will call a meeting of the 3 Federations after 15. of Feb. 2015 to discuss the entire issues until such time no decision would taken in this regard.
In the meantime recognised Federations and Associations of Defence Civilian Employees are meeting on the 27 of Jan. 2015 to consider the development and the proposal of the Defence Ministry and to take further course of action to fight against any move of the Government to corporatise the most Stratigical Defence Industry, the 41 Ordnance Factories.