On Monday, the Centre told Rajya Sabha that HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) had the lowest employee strength in 15-years, continued that the firm was “continuously working towards right-sizing the organization.”

Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre in a written reply said that there was no to reduce the employee strength at HAL. Mr. Bhamre further hinted at greater outsourcing by HAL in the near future.

He further said in a reply that “Even though the manpower decrease is occasioned due to superannuations, resignations, etc., the requisite inductions have been done by HAL as per their organizational requirements and projects at hand.”

“The manpower requirement is based on the present and future work load. Accordingly, HAL has been continuously working towards right-sizing the organization, which would inter-alia include measures such as increased outsourcing, enhanced efficiency of its resources and inductions only in such areas which are required in critical and on a long term basis,” added Mr. Bhamre.

Last week, this comes close on the heels of a media report that HAL had to take credit of amount Rs. 1000 crore to pay off the due salaries to its employees for the first time in three decades.

HAL Chairman and Managing Director R Madhavan told source that “Our cash in hand is in the negative, we have had to borrow close to Rs. 1,000 crore as an overdraft (OD). By March 31 we will have minus of Rs. 6,000 crore, which becomes unsustainable. We can borrow for day-to-day work but not for project purchases.”

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