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Starved for orders, MP Dr Pawar seeks bigger role for HAL before 2020

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NASHIK: Member of Parliament from Dindori, Dr Bharati Pawar on Saturday raised issue of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), India’s state-owned aerospace and defence PSU giant, in Parliament seeking a bigger role for HAL which is starved for orders.

Dr Pawar said that the HAL facilities at Ojhar, on which about eight thousand families are economically dependent apart from several small and ancellary business houses and MIDC plants which are working under the Make In India initiative, will have no new orders after 2020.

“It is a matter of great concern that the HAL which had indigeneously built MiG 21 advanced aircraft and version of Sukhoi-30 MKI at HAL’s facilities at Nashik will be starved for orders after 2020. There are about 8000 families which are fully dependent on HAL unit besides the economy of the ancellary businesses under the Make In India initiative,” Dr Pawar said while speaking in the Parliament.

“The HAL facilities in Nashik are in great need of big orders after one year. The government must step in to make available a big project for the company,” she demanded.

The MP also raised the issue of increment of the HAL employees in her speech in the 17th Lok Sabha. Dr Pawar said, “For the last two years, increment of the HAL employees is pending and there is still no further development on this. The government should take a decision on this at the earliest for the larger interest of employees.”

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