Patriotic People

Ordinary Worker With Unassuming Manner


Ri Ho Chol (right), manager of the turbine workshop of the Pyongyang Thermal Power Complex, works on an overhaul project.

Railway watchman who ensures accident-free transport, farmer working for rich harvest on fields throughout the year, forest ranger cultivating thick forests and many others are devoting themselves to their jobs whoever see or not.

In the DPRK, such people are awarded the title of meritorious persons of socialist patriotism.

Among them is Ri Ho Chol, manager of the turbine workshop of the Pyongyang Thermal Power Complex.

Born in Sangmae-dong of Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, he moved to Pyongyang as his father was appointed to a position there and attended Pyongyang College of Electrical Engineering at the time (1985).

During his internship at the Pyongyang Thermal Power Complex, he was scolded by the workshop manager as he attempted to touch a machine out of curiosity.

By strange chance, he came to be assigned to the complex after graduating from the college and came to learn how to work under that workshop manager.

“The first word I have heard from him was that I should take care of machine like my own flesh and the last word was that there might be the end of human life, but there should be no end of limitation in the life span of machines generating the electricity of the country,” recalled Ho Chol.

Ho Chol became the workshop manager in later time.

He came to realize that he could not ensure the normal operation of equipment without having knowledge of science and technology. So he accumulated the profound knowledge of generating facilities as he was involved in the study-while-you-work system.

He is now working on research for the remoulding of turbine wing. When the research is successful, it will be introduced into thermal power complexes across the country to generate much more electricity.

Asked how such an ordinary official in plain clothes could invariably work for decades and bring about many technical innovations, he would avoid giving an answer while thinking little of them.

His neighbour, who has lived for decades with him, said that citizens live without worry thanks to such ordinary people.

Ri Ho Chol, an elected deputy to the district people’s assembly always humbly says that he has done few works.

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