Prevent Accidents In Ordnance Factories : AIDEF To Defence Ministry

AIDEF has demanded ex-gratia and a job to the dependent of the deceased on compassionate grounds

Accidents in Ordnance Factories is a matter of concern. Especially in the Ammunition and Explosive Ordnance Factories the workers work under tremendous pressure. Post Corporatisation the management’s wanted to some how show the Government that overnight Corporations are doing wonders. When soldiers die the nation mourns, but when a Defence Civilian Employees dies while performing his duty, it is treaded like any other death.

Nand Kishore Soni an employee of Ordnance Factory Khamaria succumbed to death after a major fire accident while manufacturing ammunition in Ordnance Factory Khamaria. The Accident took place on the 29th of September, 2022, said C. Srikumar, General Secretary of AIDEF.

AIDEF has written a letter to Defence Secretary, pointing out the concern of the Workers on the pressure being imparted on the Workers with out any consideration for the safety and valuable life of the employees. The AIDEF has demanded for immediate Exgratia payment and compassionate appointment to the dependent of the deceased employee. accessed a copy of AIDEFs letter addressed to the Defence Secretary. The contents of the letter is published here for the information of our viewers –


Ref. No. : 04/1004/MIN/AIDEF/22 Date : 14th October, 2022

The Defence Secretary
Secretary (DP)
Ministry of Defence
South Block, New Delhi – 110011.

Subject : Immediate sanction of Ex-gratia payment and grant of compassionate appointment to the dependent of Late Nand Kishore Soni / employee of Ordnance Factory Khamaria who died after Factory accident.

Your kind and immediate attention is invited to the above subject. You are aware that an
explosion / fire accident took place at Ordnance Factory Khamaria on the 29th of September, 2022 in
which few employees were seriously injured. Late Nand Kishore Soni, one of the victim of the accident
was under Intensive Care in the Hospital for serious burn injury and he succumbed to death today after battling for life for the last more than 15 days. Such types of accidents are increasing in the Ordnance Factories and it is a matter of serious concern for all of us. The workers especially in the Ammunition and Explosive Group of Factories are always under tremendous pressure to complete the target without giving much attention on the safety aspects and value of human life.

We request you to kindly intervene in the matter and take all preventive measures to avoid such accidents in the Ordnance Factories in future. The most unfortunate part is the Managements refuses to listen to the proposals and suggestions given by the Unions / Works Committee / Central Safety Committee in this regard.

In the meantime without any further delay the family of the late employee Nand Kishore Soni may be granted Rs. 20 lakh Ex-gratia payment in accordance with Government orders and also to grant immediate compassionate appointment to the dependent so as to give some solace and strength to the family of Late Nand Kishore Soni who scarified his life for the Defence preparedness of our country.

An earlier and favourable action is solicited.

Thanking you,
Yours Sincerely,

General Secretary
Leader / Staff Side
Departmental Council (JCM)
Ministry of Defence

Copy to :
1) The Additional Secretary (DP)
Department of Defence Production
Ministry of Defence
South Block, New Delhi – 110011.

2) The Director General of Ordnance
Directorate of Ordnance (C&S)
10-A, S.K.Bose Road,
Kolkata – 700 001

Munitions India Limited
Nyati Unitree, 2nd Floor,
Nagar Road, Yerawada, Pune,
Maharashtra – 411 006.

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