Cabinet nod to merge CRWC with Central Warehousing Corporation
Taking another step towards bringing private sector's efficiencies in public sector undertakings, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved to merge and transfer all assets, liabilities, rights and obligations of 'Central Railside Warehouse Company Limited' (CRWC) with its holding enterprise 'Central Warehousing Corporation' (CWC).
The merger is expected to be completed within eight months of the date of decision and it will unify similar functions of both the companies in terms of warehousing, handling and transportation through a single administration to promote efficiency, optimum capacity utilization, transparency, accountability, ensure financial savings and leverage railway siding for new warehousing capacities.
It is estimated that management expenditure of Railside Warehouse Complexes (RWCs) will come down by Rs 5 crore due to savings in the corporate office rent, salary of employees, and other administrative costs.
The capacity utilization of RWCs will also improve as there will be potential for CWC to store commodities other than commodities of cement, fertilizer, sugar, salt and soda being stored presently.
The merger will facilitate setting up of at least 50 more Railside warehouses near the goods-shed locations. This is likely to generate employment opportunities equivalent to 36,500 man-days for skilled workers and 9,12,500 man-days for unskilled workers.
The CWC is a Mini-Ratna Category-I CPSE set up in 1957 to provide for incorporation and regulation of Warehousing Corporations for the purpose of warehousing of agriculture produce and certain other commodities notified by the central government and for matters connected there with.
The CWC is a profit-making Public-Sector Enterprise (PSE) with authorized capital of Rs 100 crore and paid-up capital of Rs 68.02 crore. The CWC formed a separate subsidiary company named 'Central Railside Warehouse Company Ltd.' (CRWC) on July 10, 2007 to plan, develop, promote, acquire and operate Railside Warehousing Complexes or Terminals or Multimodal Logistics Hubs on land leased from Railways or acquired otherwise.
However, the CRWC is a Mini-Ratna Category-II Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 in 2007. The CRWC is a lean organization with 50 employees and staff of 48 outsourced personnel.
Presently, CRWC is operating 20 Railside Warehouses across the country. As on March 31 last year, the net worth (paid up capital plus free reserves) of the company is Rs 137.94 crore.
The CRWC developed specialization, expertise and goodwill in development and operation of RWCs but due to shortage of capital and also due to some of the restrictive clauses in its MoU with Ministry of Railways, its pace of growth was not as expected.
As CWC is the sole shareholder of CRWC and all the assets and liabilities and rights and obligations will be transferred to CWC, there will be no financial loss to either instead it will bring synergy.
A separate division with the name 'RWC Division' will be created by CWC for handling operations and marketing of RWCs-IANS