A five-member delegation of the Hindustan Antibiotics Mazdoor Sangh (HAMS) met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Monday to find out the government’s stand vis-a-vis running the PSU and releasing funds to pay 20 months’ salaries to around 1,000 employees.
The delegation, led by Maval MP and HAMS president Shrirang Barne, also met Union Minister for Fertilisers Ananth Kumar and NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday.
The delegation, however, was in for disappointment as Jaitley remained non-committal on restarting Hindustan Antibiotics, and neither promised releasing funds for paying the pending salaries of its 1,000-odd employees.
“We meet the finance minister with high hopes. However, there was disappointment in store for us as he did not promise any release of funds for paying the salaries of the employees. Neither did he say anything about critical funds,” said Sunil Pataskar, general secretary of HAMS.
Pataskar said that the delegation then met Ananth Kumar, who told them that he had sent a proposal of Rs 30 crore to the finance ministry towards salaries of the employees and payment of pending dues of the PSU. “Kumar said that the finance ministry has to take a call on this,” he said.
Pataskar said that the central government had appointed a three-member committee which includes Jaitley, Kumar and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to take a call on the rehabilitation of HA.
“The committee was appointed in April and is supposed to take a call on whether to run HA as a central government undertaking or find out modes to operate it as a public-private partnership. Our delegation wanted to find out the progress. However, it seems that there has been none,” Pataskar said.
The delegation will stay put in Delhi till Friday and meet various ministers and leaders of political parties so that the issue could be taken up in the current session of Parliament.