From a Correspondent
mrup, March 3: The long-standing demand for setting up a new fertilizer plant, mrup IV, considering the technical viability of Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL)’s mrup II & III plants has hitherto remained in a stagnt position, pushing its employees to doldrums.
During his last visit to BVFCL mrup on June 26, 2006, the then Union Minister, Fertilizer & Chemicals, Ram Vilas Paswan had declared in a meeting that mrup IV Fertilizer Plant would be set up at the earliest possible time. Sadly, the declaration slept into unknown waters, with the authorities even after 10 years till date not taking any significant steps to realize the said issue.
In this regard a group of delegation of mrup Fertilizers Employees’ Union and Joint Council of Officers of BVFCL, headed by Member of Parliament, Tezpur (HPC) Ram Prasad Sharma, submitted a memorandum to Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Anth Kumar, at Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi, on February 26, 2015.
The memorandum which was submitted by the delegation incorporated the following points of issues which includes steps for laying the foundation of mrup 4 plant for saving BVFCL from impending doom, measures to be taken for renovating the existing mrup 2& 3 plants to retain its viability till the commissioning of the proposed mrup 4 plant, enhancing the superannuation age of BVFCL employees up to 60 years from the present age of 58 years, recruitment of adequate manpower for filling the retirement vacancies, and to sanction and release the revised pay scale to the BVFCL employees with effect from 2007, along with an interim relief of 20 per cent against non-implemented revised pay scale which had not been paid to them for the last three years.
After submitting the memorandum, a discussion was held wherein the delegation in short, apprised the Union Minister about the woes of the employees of BVFCL. The Union Minister Anth Kumar then assured the delegates that initiatives would be taken by the government to redress the miseries of the employees. He further assured to resolve the issue relating to the proposed mrup 4 plant, stated the general secretary of mrup Fertilizer Employees’ Union, Tileswar Bora.