Fresh recruitment drive by BHEL

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Bhopal, Apr 4 (UNI) A major recruitment drive started by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has resulted in the induction of about 4,000 people in the past one year including about 1,000 people being appointed in its Bhopal unit.

''The fresh recruitment drive was initiated after the implementation of Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) in BHEL created shortage of employees in the past few years. BHEL plans to induct about 20,000 people by the end of eleventh five-year-plan,'' BHEL (Bhopal) Executive Director R K Singh told reporters here today.

Referring to better work culture in BHEL, Mr Singh said several former senior officers were returning to BHEL. However, their appointment was being made at one level below their previous posting.

Commenting upon BHEL's achievements despite ups and downs in international market, he said BHEL bagged the order for the Satdpuda power project without tender being invited.

Besides, Korba power project has given an order to BHEL that it had provided to China six years back.

Admitting that Madhya Pradesh's Birsinghpur project was being delayed due to initial delay of two years, Mr Singh said he could not provide further information as it was a matter related to BHEL headquarters, which was authorised to comment on it.

As a part of its objective to discharge its social obligations, he informed that BHEL was opening up an educational institution that would impart technical and management education besides recruiting some of its students.

He said BHEL's Bhopal unit posted a turnover of Rs 2,808 crore in 2007-08, a growth of about Rs 600 crore over the previous year.

However, he added, that rise in cost of raw materials especially steel led to a decline of profit.

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