V.L. Kantha Rao
The Additional Secretary (DDP), V.L. Kantha Rao chairing the High Level Official Committee (HLOC) in a dialogue with employees’ federations/unions of Ordnance Factory Board
  • Initiates dialogue with OFB employees’ associations

New Delhi. 05 June 2020. Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken forward the process of corporatisation of Ordnance Factory Board(OFB) by initiative to commence dialogue with employees’ federations/unions to address their concerns through a High Level Official Committee (HLOC) of Department of Defence Production (DDP).

The Committee, headed by Additional Secretary (DDP) V L Kantha Rao along with senior MoD and Army officials, held a host meetings through video conferencing with three such associations – Confederation of Defence Recognised Associations (CDRA), Indian Ordnance Factories Gazetted Officers Association (IOFGOA) & National Defence Group-B Gazetted Officers Association (NDGBGOA) wherein, the intent of the Government to implement aforesaid decision with involvement of all the stakeholders was conveyed and suggestions were invited from the association members on ways to safeguard the benefits/interests of employees in terms of wages, salary, retirement benefits, health facilities and other service matters, etc, while converting OFB into one or more 100 per cent Government owned corporate entities.

Suggestions were also sought on their concern regarding future orders and budgetary support needed from the Government for the new corporate entity/entities.

The discussions in the meeting took place in a cordial atmosphere. The request of the associations to hold more meetings with all OFB employees’ federations/unions participating together was considered by the Committee and it was assured that the engagement with the Federations/Unions will be continued.

As part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat package, the Government had announced on May 16, 2020 that it would improve autonomy, accountability and efficiency in ordnance supplies by corporatisation of OFB.

Employees’ associations were represented by CDRA President Shri B K. Singh and General Secretary B B Mohanty. The IOFSGOA was represented by its General Secretary S B Chaubey and General Treasurer M A Siddiqui while NGDBGOA was represented by its President M Barik and General Secretary Jaigopal Singh.