“As per the BBC, around 2,800 employees of HEC (Heavy Engineering Corporation Limited) have not been paid their salaries for the past 18 months.”
Deepak Kumar Uprariya, a technician who contributed to building ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 launchpad, is now running a roadside idli stall in Ranchi due to unpaid wages from HEC. He started this venture after 18 months of salary arrears from HEC, a Government of India Company.
In August, Chandrayaan-3 successfully landed on the Moon’s South Pole, making India the first country to achieve this feat. However, during this time, HEC employees in Ranchi were protesting their unpaid salaries.
Mr. Uprariya has been selling idlis to support his family, working at his stall in the morning, going to the office in the afternoon, and selling idlis again in the evening.
He explained that he had borrowed money, pawned his wife’s jewelry, and even managed with a credit card due to the financial strain.
This situation is not unique to Mr. Uprariya, as other HEC employees are also facing similar challenges, according to the BBC