In a significant development, the Council of Bokaro Steel Officers Association (BSOA) convened to discuss pivotal issues with Amarendu Prakash, Chairman of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) on Thursday. Chairman stresses modernisation, expansion, and accountability for enhanced production.
The Council led by AK Singh, President of BSOA warmly welcomed Chairman Amarendu Prakash and engaged in a comprehensive dialogue addressing various welfare concerns alongside discussions on plant production and performance.
The primary focus of the meeting was on the time-bound implementation of modernisation and expansion programs, emphasising that only through such measures could the actual benefits and returns on investment be realised.
Chairman’s Call for Action on Production Shortfalls
Chairman underscored the imperative for the BSOA to meticulously identify, analyse, and implement strategies to address the shortfall in production relative to capacity. He articulated five key points for consideration:
1. Capacity Enhancement: Prioritising the augmentation of various plant capacities.
2. De-carbonization: Emphasising the need for environmental sustainability.
3. Digitalisation: Incorporating technological advancements for efficiency.
4. Quality Raw Material: Ensuring quality raw materials for production.
5. Concern for People: Highlighting the importance of employee welfare.
Amarendu Prakash specifically urged officers to share responsibilities, holding non-executive and junior counterparts accountable. Officers were encouraged to think innovatively to enhance production, minimise costs, reduce wastage, enhance safety measures, and embrace digitalisation.
In response, AK Singh assured Chairman Prakash that the executive fraternity of SAIL-BSL would take every necessary step to ensure the timely completion of proposed expansion and modernisation efforts. He further pledged to identify the reasons for production shortfalls and implement corrective actions to align production levels with available capacity.
In addition to the production-centric discussions, the meeting addressed several welfare issues, including the payment of 11 months’ perks arrear, the enhancement of night shift allowances and mobile reimbursements, the payment of PF contributions to specific batches, and safety and security concerns within the township.
“The Chairman’s proactive resolution of Hard Area Allowances for mines executives and the payment of monthly 3% in the pension fund were also acknowledged with heartfelt thanks,” said A K Singh.
The meeting concluded on a positive note, reflecting a shared commitment to address challenges, implement necessary reforms, and enhance the overall performance and welfare of Bokaro Steel Officers.