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Lt Gen T.S.Shergill , Senior Adviser/CM of Punjab visits Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala

Kapurthala, 11.06.2018 : Senior Adviser to Hon'ble CM of Punjab Lt Gen T.S.Shergill visited Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala o­n 11.06.2017. His visit was in concern with the declining state of the RCF in the production share of the railway coaches vis-a-vis M.C.F. RaeBareily (U.P) and ICF Chennai, and also a generally decling reputation of the factory.

In this regard, the local industry of Punjab hadapproached Punjab Govt. to apprise them of the decline of business and reduction in orders in view of reduced target of RCF.Apropos to above, Genl Shergill had requested RCF management to initiate suitable actions to regain the lost glory of RCF Kapurthala. General Shergill during his visit has interacted with General Manager of RCF Sh. S.P.Trivedi, and other senior officers of the factory to share his concern of the percieved fall in production of the factory and also to have first hand feedback from the officers of the factory to get an insight into thecurrent state of affairs. Shri Mohammad Tayyab, Deputy Commissioner / Kapurthala was also present in the meeting.

He expressed that RCF kapurthala is the largest industrial unit in the stateof Punjab and considered very important by the stategovt. from the consideration of the industrialization of the state and job creation for the youth. State Govt. will not allow shifting of any job opportunities from Punjab to any other state. Furtherthe ancilliary industries are a good source of revenue to the state. Functioning of RCF reflects industrial environment ofPunjab, hence very important to the people and govt. of the state. He emphasizedthat though RCF is a central govt. entity, still it becomes the prerogative of the state govt. to look into the matter and help RCF increase its productiontarget similar to its sister concerns at Chennai and Raebareli.

During the discussions, it came out that Unions vehemently oppose any kind of outsourcing, due to which it is not possible to increase the production significantly. It is also leading togeneral inefficiency and higher cost of its coaches. This situation has made RCF Kapurthala coaches significantly more expensive than the other two factories. In the initial years of the factory, the outsourcing was the main stay of the factory which established it at the top in terms of volume of production, innovations, quality and cost.Today the other two factories MCF and ICF are able to double/triple their production alongwith reduced cost of production primarily due to increased outsourcing. They are gaining the suppliers' confidence and RCF is loosing it. Even regular suppliers of RCF are now shaky in making supplies to RCF fearing the further decrease in order quantity.

He added that similar situation arose in M/s.General Motors in USA, which had become financially unviable and had to be closed down in similar circumstances. The state govt. can not let such things happen to RCF. He asked RCF administration to apprise unions the impact of reduced coach production o­n RCF’s future and o­n its employees. In a free and frank discussion , he impressed upon RCF Management to do everything possible to revive the falling reputation of the factory and assured the full backing ofPunjab Govt. in the endeavor.

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