Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule on Monday criticised Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for inaction in helping Hindustan Antibiotics, a public sector unit, overcome the current phase where it is struggling to carry out its operations.
“We are making all possible effort to ensure that the PSU remains up and running…there are several hurdles that the state government has refused to act on,” said Sule, who is also the president of the HA Mazdoor Union.
Sule visited the firm in Pimpri after she learnt that the PSU had not paid salary to its employees for the past five months and was finding it difficult to keep going.
Addressing the employees, Sule took a dig at the state and central governments. “The company is trying to sell idle land lying with it to meet its financial requirements. The Board for Industrial and Financial Restructuring (BIFR) has approved the sale of 60-acre land belonging to HA. MHADA is ready to buy the land for Rs 110 crore.
“However, the state government has still not given its approval. I met the CM thrice to discuss the issue, but he only makes promises, does nothing,” she said.
Sule also attacked the central government, saying she had taken up HA’s cause several times with the Union Chemical and Fertiliser Ministry, but it too had not responded positively. “I have held several meetings with Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilisers Shrikant Jena, but the proposal to revive HA is not being tabled before the cabinet,” she said.
Sule said, “HA produces quality drugs, which have a good demand in the market. However, due to paucity of funds, the PSU has not been able to generate drugs as per demand. Setting up a firm is easy, but to keep it going is very difficult. For it to keep running, timely decisions are necessary.”
She added that the CM would soon visit Delhi, where she plans to meet him. “Along with HA officials and union representatives, we will meet Chavan in Delhi and seek quick decisions from his government,” she said, adding that all efforts would be made to ensure that the company did not shut down.
HA general secretary Sunil Pataskar, former general secretary Arun Borhade, vice-president Ramesh Wagh, treasurer Rajendra Hande and joint general secretary Sanjay Bhosale were also present on the occasion.