Assembly committee seeks probe into graft charges

Special Correspondent

In the running of Malabar Cements in the past

Seeks streamlining of administrative structure

Company told to adopt modern technology

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Assembly Committee on Public Undertakings has sought a probe into the charges of corruption, wasteful expenditure and irregularities in the running of Malabar Cements in the past.

The committee, which submitted its report exclusively dealing with the public sector company in the Assembly on Wednesday, also sought streamlining of the administrative structure of the company to make it more efficient. It sought expansion of the company’s operations to make its products available all over Kerala.

Briefing reporters about the contents of the report, panel chairman Mankode Radhakrishnan and other members said Malabar Cements should consider ways to retain its productivity at the current high levels and go in for energy saving and establishment of a subsidiary unit to produce jute bags to package its products. This would ensure better profitability for the company, they said.

According to them, the company can progress only if it adopts modern technology. The report proposed a work study to explore the opportunities for this. They also recommended sale of at least 50 per cent of the 130 tonnes of fly ash that Hindustan Newsprints Ltd., Velloor, in Kottayam district, generates every day to Malabar Cements and pointed out that the HNL is currently giving the fly ash free to a private firm in Kochi.

The Government, they said, must purchase cement from Malabar Cements and suggested import of lime stone from Tamil Nadu for its production needs. Exploitation of lime stone stocks within the State should be kept at the minimum level so as not to exhaust the resource.

The company could consider purchasing land in Tamil Nadu or take such land on long-term lease, they said.

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