Rs.427.48 crore assistance to HMT’s loss making subsidiaries to be closed

New Delhi, Jan. 6 (ANI): The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval for offering attractive Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) or Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS) packages at 2007-pay scales to mitigate the hardships being faced by the employees of HMT Watches Ltd., HMT Chinar Watches Ltd. and HMT Bearings Ltd. and close their operations.

Besides, the movable and immovable assets of the companies will be disposed of as per the government policy.

With a cash assistance of Rs. 427.48 crore, the three loss making subsidiaries of HMT Ltd. -HMT Watches Ltd, HMT Chinar Watches Ltd. and HMT Bearings Ltd. – will be closed after separation of about a thousand employees through attractive VRS or VSS and settlement of their dues.

There are 31 CPSEs under the Department of Heavy Industry engaged in manufacturing, consultancy and contracting services. Out of these, 12 are making profits, while the remaining 19 CPSEs are incurring losses.

The department has been undertaking appraisals of each loss making CPSE to assess the prospects of revival. As a part of this exercise, the loss making CPSEs having the potential of turnaround are revived and those found chronically sick are disinvested or closed down after payment of due compensation to employees. (ANI)

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