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Recruitment of Ex-Trade Apprentices in Ordnance Factories – BPMS

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Recruitment of Ex-Trade Apprentices in Ordnance Factories – BPMS

BPMS General Secretary Shri M.P.Singh writes a letter to the Chairman of DGOF regarding the subject above quoted, the content of the letter is reproduced ang given below for your information…


REF: BPMS /OFB / Trade Apprentice / 228(8/3/L)
Dated: 09.01.2015
The DGOF & Chairman,
Ordnance Factory Board,
10 A, S K Bose Road,

Subject: Recruitment of Ex-Trade Apprentices in Ordnance Factories: Compliance of the amended provisions of The Trade Apprentices Act, 1961.

Respected Sir,
With due regards, it is submitted that the Apprentices (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was introduced in Lok Sabha on 07th August, 2014 and passed on 14th August, 2014 and the Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha on 26.11.2014. Prior to this amendment it was not obligatory on the part of the employer to offer any employment to any apprentice who had completed the period of his apprenticeship training in his establishment, nor it was obligatory on the part of the apprentice to accept an employment under the employer. This was one of the impediments which discouraged youth to join the apprenticeship training as they were not sure whether they would get employment after completion of the apprenticeship training.

It was felt that by making it obligatory on part of the establishment to give preference to apprentices at the time of regular recruitment could lead to unwanted litigations. Hence, Section 22 of the Apprentices Act, 1961 has been amended so that establishments may formulate their own policies for recruiting trained apprentices.

In such circumstances, the OFB instruction issued vide letter No. 570/A/I (Pt)/54/Vol.IV/294 dated 06.01.2011 has become irrelevant regarding the recruitment processes to the post of Industrial Employees (Semi-Skilled tradesmen).

Therefore you are requested to intervene into the matter so that the OFB’s instruction mentioned hereinabove may be withdrawn / cancelled and issue necessary directives to appoint the ex-trade apprentices of Ordnance Factories on batch wise seniority basis, without conducting any written examination in compliance with the provisions of the Apprentices (Amendment) Act, 2014 in letter and spirit by incorporating the same in the relevant Recruitment Rules.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours
General Secretary
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  1. As per my information and the minutes of OFB JCM-III meeting held on 29/12/2014 at Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata, this point was an agenda point of Shri C Srikumar, General Secretary/AIDEF and Secy./Jcm-III council. If you have any doubt, i can show you the minutes also.
    How any (emotional) issue can be capitalised by any other person/federation after it has been highlighted/booked by other person/federation ?
    It's not fare and absolutely ridiculous.

  2. Absutely right. The point was delibertely discussed in 29th dec 2014 JCM III steering meeting which was held at OFB kalkatta. Com. Srikumar -Gen Secretary AIDEF/JCM III has raised this imp issue on agenda Point No 14. After discussion it is agreed &understood by OFB chairman the intensity of this ord fy aprentice issue. Same proposal for framing the rules ,OFB sent the proposal to MoD. Now when AIDEF has already taken this issue in Dec 2014 why a certain federation needs to raise this issue to DGOF/Chairman OFB after sending that proposal to MoD when its already finalised by ofb. And for ur kind information other federation's JCM III members were present in JCM III steering meeting then why they not raised this issue there as that was the correct platform.

    Do not try to just encash the issue which is already done.

  3. Aprentice issue is already deliberated by Com. C.Srikumar(Secretary staff side/Gen.Secretary AIDEF) in JCM III steering committee meeting on 29/12/2014. Com. C. Srikumar has raised this issue through the Agenda Point No.14 under the heading "To formulate the policy to recruit trained trade aprentices of Ordnance factories as per the ammendment in Section 22 under Aprentice Act 1961". After the discussion the DGOF/Chairman Ofb has responded to MoD with positive and suitable recommendation vide OFB id no. 20/12/90/SCM/A/IR dated 29/12/2014 & send proposal to MoD.

    Now the issue which is already settled in JCM III meeting on 29/12/2014,the doubt has been raised by many Ord Fy employees that
    1) Why BPMS written a letter on 4/1/2015 to DGOF/CHAIRMAN OFB after settlement of this issue ?

    2)If BPMS really wanted to seriously deliberate this issue then why their respected JCM III members were not discussed it in the last JCM III Steering meeting where all BPMS JCMs were present?

    It may be appreciated If BPMS writes letter to MoD instead of OFB then its understood that BPMS is following up this issue. But BPMS written to OFB which is now objectionable.

    Now Ord Fy employees needs a true n dynamic leadership as This govt is forcing 41 Ord Fys to corporatise which is nowadays a great concern among the employees. This govt steps towards privatisation agitating the minds of workmen and in this critical time BPMS is just waisting their time on setteled issues which is also a great concern.

    Rahul Ratunawar

    Now BPMS just trying to encash the Aprentice issue . It is noted that most of the workmen of ord fy are young and keenly watching all the federations working style, so be careful to not to lose the credibility by doing such type of above issue.

  4. Sir,I just want to know whether there is any order or circular or letter from OFB to Ordnance Factories for recruiting ex-trade apprentices under trade apprentices(amendment)act,2014?If so,then what will be the new procedure to recruit these ex-trade apprentices and when this would be started??sir,plz help me.

  5. It is a bad news for ex-trade apprentice of ordnance factory that in February ordnance clothing factory sahajahanpur and ordnance factory muradnagar has been published an advertisement in employment news for recruiting semi-skilled tradesman.
    It is clearly shows that ordnance factory board does not want to recruit ex-trade apprentice directly in their organization although in Trade-apprentice amendment act 2014 it is clearly said in Section-22 that It shall not be obligatory on the part of the employer to offer any employment to any apprentice who has completed the period of his apprenticeship training in his establishment, nor shall it be obligatory on the part of the apprentice to accept an employment under the employer, which was passed in lokesabha in September 2014.

  6. There is no such line.This line has been substituted by "Every employer shall...................."plz read it carefully.So OFB should follow it immediately.

  7. Why MOD not passing the apprentice issue...ex ta are done their training and now nobody resolving the issue.even ordnance factories publishing their recruitments...this is against the law aand rule.one file MOD taking one year...such slow process by mod.

  8. Ordnance Factory Apprentice Training Is entirely deferment from other firm. OFB training going Under National secrets area, like Chemical production for defense weapons (Detonator, Hand Grande, TNT etc) And the trainee know entire area(root map ) of factory , if disclose the secret from trainee, its too dangers for national security . Last 5 year we didn’t get preference of Written Exam. And also we respect to ask please give us direct appoint on respective following Records of Ordnance Factory Training Institution.

  9. i am trainee from high explosives factory,khadki,pune..i complete my 2 yrs this fy and i also give production hand granade,81mm bomb...but now hum logo ko nahi le raha he so hum logo ko kya banna chahiye trarist??plzz help us

  10. dear shekhar,
    at the moment, the amendment act is under process and as we know the govt procedure of working on such issues is xxxx.
    but as a responsible trade union representatives, we r on the job at the apex level of the federation.
    hope the best.
    and all the best.


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