Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: The AP unit of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh wanted the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Heavy Industries to solve the problems the industries in the city are facing.

On the eve of the standing committee holding discussions with the managements of the BHPV (which is since taken over by the BHEL), the Hindustan Shipyard, the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and the Dredging Corporation of India on Saturday and Sunday, the BMS held a press conference on Friday to highlight the problems being faced by these industries and their employees. Regarding BHPV, the trade union demanded that the wage revision pending since 1997 must be implemented and merge 50 per cent of dearness allowance with the pay-scale with effect from January 2007.

The BMS asked the Government to immediately merge NMDC with VSP so that the latter could overcome the problem of not having dedicated mines. BMS State vice-president M. Jagadeeswara Rao and others were present.