Staff Reporter

Productivity awards for shipyard, Hindustan Newsprint

KOCHI: Industries Minister Elamaram Karim has called for a consensus among political parties and trade unions on a development agenda for the State. He was giving away the the FACT–MKK Nayar Memorial Productivity awards at a function organised by the Kerala State Productivity Council at Kalamasserry near here on Friday.

Several public sector units of the State were in a recovery stage while many of the private sector units were performing well.

There were young entrepreneurs in Kerala, ready to face challenges. Infrastructure should be developed to facilitate the new industrial environment.

The media should play a constructive role to help the development process. The minister said a lot needed to be achieved in the manufacturing sector.

Cooperation sought

Some of the public sector units had failed to make progress due to lack of induction of new technology. Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) had been facing a crisis, but Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT) could withstand the crisis to some extent. The Minister said the cooperation of trade unions was a key factor in ensuring a turnaround at several units.

The Best Productivity award for large industries was given to Cochin Shipyard Limited while Hindustan Newsprint Limited got the award for the second best performance.

The first and second positions in the medium industries were bagged by United Electrical Industries Limited, Kollam, and V Guard Industries Limited, Ernakulam.

The best and second best award in small industries category were given to Nambiattukudy Agro Industries, Koovappady, Perumbavoor, and AMS Spices & Food Products Private Limited, Manjeri, respectively.

The awards for service organisations were given to Kerala Forest Development Corporation, Kottayam, and Popular Vehicles and Services Limited, Mamangalam, Ernakulam.

George Sleeba, Chairman and Managing Director, FACT, A.M.Yousaf, MLA, N. Sreekumar, Chairman of Kerala State Productivity Council, K.C. Prabhakaran and M. Jamal Kunju, trade union leaders, spoke.