ONGC offers jobs to families of chopper crash victims

Vol 7, PW 13 (10 Sep 03) News in Brief

Less than three weeks after the 11th August helicopter crash offshore Mumbai that killed 29 people, ONGC has handed out jobs to families of the victims.

On 1st September, at an event held in a suburban Mumbai auditorium, ONGC chairman Subir Raha presented appointment letters to one relative of each of the 20 employees lost in the accident. "Unlike the slow procedures usually associated with a government-owned company, ONGC has done a very quick job in keeping to its promise of giving a job to one person from each victim's family," we are told.

ONGC also used the event to hand out 'gallantry' awards to the coast guard, Indian navy and private oilfield service company personnel who helped in the search and rescue operations. Soon after the helicopter crash, angry ONGC officers heckled oil minister Ram Naik when he visited ONGC's Mumbai helicopter base and demanded that Raha be sacked.

The next day, Raha's car was attacked and he was not allowed to enter the helicopter base.