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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a restructuring plan for loss making and sick Central Public Sector Enterprise Hindustan Organic Chemicals Ltd. (HOCL), a under the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals.
The company, having units at Rasayani (Maharashtra) and Kochi (Kerala), has been making continuous cash losses since 2011-12, resulting in an acute shortage of working capital.
Most of its plants have remained shut for the last few years. It has not been able to pay regular salary and statutory dues to its employees since February, 2015.
The restructuring plan involves closing down the operations of all the non-viable plants at Rasayani unit of HOCL except the Di-Nitrogen Tetroxide (N2O4) plant which is to be transferred to ISRO on 'as is where is' basis, with about 20 acres of land and employees associated with the plant.
The N2O4 plant is of strategic importance as it is the only indigenous source of N2O4 which is used as liquid rocket propellant by ISRO in the space launch vehicles.
The financial implications of the plan is Rs. 1008.67 crore (cash) which is to be met partly from sale of 442 acres HOCL land at Rasayani to Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (Rs.618.80 crore) and the balance (Rs.365.26 crore) through bridge loan from the government.
The funds will be used to liquidate the various liabilities of the company, including payment of outstanding salary and statutory dues of employees and repayment of government guaranteed bonds of Rs.250 crore due for redemption in Aug.-Sept. 2017.
The bridge loan amount, along with other government liabilities of the company, is proposed to be repaid to the government from the disposal of remaining unencumbered land and other assets of Rasayani unit.
The implementation of the restructuring plan will enable HOCL to close down the operations of non-viable plants at Rasayani unit, while transferring the strategically important N2O4 plant to ISRO to ensure continuity of manufacture and supply of N2O4 for ISRO's space programme. Interest and welfare of employees will be addressed by payment of all their outstanding salary dues.
Disposal of land assets, initially through sale of 442 acres to BPCL and subsequently of the remaining unencumbered land, will unlock the land assets for being redeployed for economically productive investments and thereby creating new employment generation opportunities.
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