Revival of sick units is the motto of my political life, Mr Prasad said on the occasion of reopening of the closed unit of Bharat Wagon and Engineering Ltd (BWEL) here.
He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC president Sonia Gandhi had been fully supportive of the efforts to revive the sick industrial units in Bihar. BWEL unit at Mokama remained closed for the last five years and its case was referred to BIFR in 2000.
The minister asked the management and workers to change the work culture as they would have to compete with multi-nationals.
The railway ministry has placed an order of 616 wagons 260 from the Mokama unit and the rest from the Muzaffarpur unit of BWEL at a cost of Rs 4.94 lakh each.
Mr Prasad said he had vowed to rid the department of the clutches of anti-social elements, who managed to get railway contracts using muscle power.
He thanked the ministry of heavy industries and public enterprises for agreeing to clear salary arrears of BWEL employees of Mokama and Muzaf-farpur units and earmarking sufficient amount under plan expenditure for the revival of the two units.