Rail Wheel Factory celebrates Silver Jubilee Raising Day

By crediting the achievement during the period to the 100-day rule by the UPA at the Centre, speakers apparently turned a blind eye to the workers.

A grand function was organised on Tuesday at the factory’s premises at Yelahanka to mark the Silver Jubilee Raising Day. It was on September 15, 1984 that the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi commissioned the plant when Jaffer Sharief was the Railway Minister.
Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa said, “I am very glad that the production and performance of the RWF in the first 100 working days of the new government has even surpassed the best ever performance earlier,” he said. 

General Manager of RWF, R K Upadhyay said, “In the 100 working days from May 16th 2009 to September 5, 2009, we produced 65,351 wheels and 28, 774 axles against the best ever figure of any 100 working days in 2008, 61, 465 wheels and 26,479 axles.” (The UPA government assumed office on May 16). It was only in the production of wheels sets, which includes both wheels and axles, that the factory’s production had gone down due to the non-availability of imported axles from China, he added.

DH News Service

Breach of protocol?

It was only the personal interest taken by former Railway Minister Jaffer Sharief that the RWF was set up in Yelahanka 25 years ago. It was quite shocking that he had not been invited on this momentous occasion, said a top official. Chikkaballapur (under which part of Yelahanka falls) MP Veerapa Moily and Yelahanka MLA Viswanath too were not extended any invitation. “All this is a clear breach of protocol,” he said. 

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