It seems that despite heavy claims made by Government Whip T. Jayaprakash Reddy, the promise of providing employment for locals in ‘C’ class jobs in the Ordnance Defence Factory (ODF), Medak, may not become a reality.

Time and time again, Mr. Jayaprakash Reddy had visited New Delhi and met Union Ministers – M.M. Pallam Raju (Currently HR and earlier Minister of State for Defence), Mallikarjun Kharge (Labour) and A.K. Anthony (Defence)- and submitted memorandums urging them to allocate ‘C’ class jobs in the ODF for locals, in addition to increasing the capacity of the plant to meet army requirements instead of diverting orders for other States.

He also urged them to see that the employees be recruited from local employment exchanges so that locals could be recruited.

After meeting all of them several times, the Whip claimed that the Ministers had asked him to see that locals were recruited in the ODF after expansion work begins.

The ODF, Medak, is on a huge expansion plan with an investment of about Rs. 600 crore that would be directly pumped into the unit.

This was aimed at increasing the BPM II tanks production from the existing 125 original equipments to 200 original equipments, overhauling of 50 units and manufacturing and supply of spares for army based workshops.

Though the request by Mr. Jayaprakash Reddy for expansion was honoured by the Defence Ministry, it seems that it was not ready for the second one.

This was clarified by Sudhir Kumar Beri, Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board.

While interacting with mediapersons on the occasion of his visit to ODF on Friday, Mr. Beri said that the recruitment in the ODF would be all-India based and it was not possible to confine recruitment locally.

However, he was quick to add that 60 per cent of the staff in the ODF constituted locals.

The ODF, Medak, is on an expansion plan with an investment of about Rs. 600 crore