Ordnance factory staff fear job insecurity

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  1. Ganesh2691

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    Employees of the Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli (OFT) on Wednesday staged a demonstration against the ministry of defencefor deciding to stop procuring small rifles from OFT and three other government rifle factories. The move, according to employees, would give the impression that their jobs were not secure.

    As many as 1,600 OFT technical staff owing allegiance to various employees unions demanded that the ministry allow OFT, Ordnance Factory in Nalanda, Small Arms Factory in Kanpur and Rifle Factory in Ishapore to go on with manufacturing of rifles with state-of-the-art features for supply to the Indian Army instead of importing such arms from foreign countries and allowing private companies to manufacture arms in India.

    Members of employees unions such as National Defence Workers Union-INTUC, OFT Employees Union, Kamaraj Padaikkala Thozhilalar Sangam (KPTS) affiliated to Bharathiya Mazdoor Sangam (BMS), LPF and other unions began their protest from Tuesday by wearing black badges.

    On Wednesday, they staged a demonstration in front of the factory in the morning. They will conduct a rally on Thursday and may go on strike if the MoD does not pay heed to their demand.

    S Chandrasekaran, president of the National Defence Workers Union-INTUC, said, “OFT and three other government arms factories have been manufacturing small rifle 5.56mm INSAS for supply to the Indian Army since 1999. OFT manufactured 4.5 lakh 5.66 mm INSAS rifles so far. As the Indian Army recently decided to procure multipurpose rifles, MoD decided to stop procuring small rifles from OFT after March 2013. OFT now has to supply 19,300 5.56mm INSAS rifles to the Indian Army to reach this year’s target.”

    The move is worrying employees as most of the technical staff are engaged in small rifle manufacturing in OFT. So, they feel the decision to stop manufacturing small rifles would affect their job security.

    “Nearly 70% of our staff are involved in small rifle manufacturing. Rest of us are engaged in other arms like under barrel grenade launchers (UBGL). By stopping the manufacture of small rifles, our staff could suffer financial loss as they will not get overtime duty and other benefits,” he added.

    Chandrasekaran also said, “Moreover, the government has decided to import multipurpose rifles from Israel and Austria and allow private companies for rifle manufacturing even though the rifle factories are equipped to produce such arms. Last year, OFT staff designed the latest rifle called ‘Trichy Assault Rifle’(TAR). After putting it to various experiments, the MoD shelved the idea to procure TAR for the Indian Army for unknown reasons.”

    At this juncture, the home ministry, MoD and the board of ordnance factories are going to meet on October 12, 2012, to decide on the issue.

    “If they do not consider our demand, we will go on strike,” said Chandrasekaran.

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  3. Bangalorean

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    I am all for private companies manufacturing arms in India, while I am against imports. These silly trade unionists are against both, as expected!

    The sooner we get private companies into the defence business in a big way, the better.
     
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    huumm...................... either make weapons as per International standard or time will change you and factory will face closure.

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    Who doesn't know of the crappy junk that OFB factories produce for civilians, that too at a waiting period that extends upto 6 months sometimes .
    Achilles heel for Indian gun owners. :(
     
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    Should have thought about job insecurity before churning out piles and piles of malfunctioning shite.
     
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    The unions seem to think the whole of India owes them everything.
     
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    Good.

    If they think that the Ordnance Factories are spas and they are their for rest and refit, then they should go.
     
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    this points out that the weapon procurement from israel does not involve ToT and indigenous manufacturing, since when wholesome imports are allowed in indian dpp??
     

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