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Manoj Padhi
The Jindal story: Where are jobs for local people ? Will the signed MoUs will create jobs for local people ?
Opinion PollPosted By: manojpadhi on:1/24/2008 6:53:02 PM

 
Dear readers:
 
I have tried to present few events, which are very disturbing in nature.
Industries grab lands with weak MoUs with no legal binding for local job creation. Use contract labour to show that they are creating jobs, with absolutely no intention to regularize them. Poor safty measures put the workers life at risk. Of course no pollution inspectors required as the Chief Minister is their friend, in few cases.
 
Read the above  and read the following.
 
To me the politicians have sold/mortgaged  their conscience to big Industrialists and people are not protected in MoUs.
 
Here you go.
http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=9&theme=&usrsess=1&id=187093

Contract workers threaten to paralyse plant

JAJPUR, Jan. 22: The contract workers, mostly working in the raw materials handling (RMH) division of Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL) here have threatened to paralyse the plant, until and unless their demands are met within 24 hours.
The agitated contractual workers led by the Jindal Stainless Contract Labourers' Union (JSCLU) held a protest meeting before the assistant labour commissioner at Jajpur Road, demanding an immediate intervention on the issue and stern action against the plant authorities for alleged violation of the Contract Labour Act. They have also submitted memorandums to the JSL management and the district authorities in this regard. They are demanding gate pass for all the workers who have been working in the plant since 2005. The contractual workers claimed that they have been working in the plant for the past three years and instead of making them permanent, the company has denied them engagement.
"Our contractor, Mr Kalandi Charan Dutta, through whom we have been engaged in JSL plant collected the gate pass forms from us on the plea of renewal. When we demanded the renewed ones, he issued only 130 to us out of 360. Hence we protested against such anti-labour practice and boycotted our respective duties to demand the renewal of the gate pass," Ghana Tiria, an agitated contractual worker said.

http://www.odisha.in/news/125/ARTICLE/2005/2008-01-09.html

Local youths polish shoes of steel plant employees

Wed, 09 Jan 2008 22:44:00
They detained the officials of Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL) at Military Chhack on Jajpur Road- Kalinga Nagar road, who were on their way to join duty and polished their shoes.
By  
Amulya Kumar Pati
Jajpur, Jan 9 (Odisha.in) Over hundred members of Sukinda Unemployed Technical Youth Association (SUTYA) Wednesday polished the shoes of the employees of various steel plant including the employees of Jindal  in Kalinga Nagar on a mark of protest towards the apathetic attitude of the company towards local unemployed youths.

They detained the officials of Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL) at Military Chhack on Jajpur Road- Kalinga Nagar road, who were on their way to join duty and polished their shoes.

 They took whatever they gave as 'charges' for their work. "As we have no jobs and the JSL didn't pay heed towards our demands, we decided to earn something through polishing of shoes on road," said Dharmananda Ray, president of the SUTYA.

"More then 100 members of our association mostly unemployed engineers and ITI trainee holders were polishing the shoes the whole day.  

We polished the shoes of more than 500 people, including various steel companies' officials, policemen and bureaucrats and collected nearly Rs 800," he added.

It may be noted that, at least 22 persons including five cops and six security personnel of Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL) were injured and several vehicles, including police jeep damaged following a scuffle between the stainless steel company security officials and members of SUTYA who were on a dharna near its gate.

SUTYA has been staging agitations and 'dharnas' since last few months demanding job reservation for all the technical youths of Sukinda area and cancellation of earlier employment by the JSL management.

"We have been demanding priority to only to the SUTYA people in employment and reservation of various technical posts up to 70 per cent in JSL plant in Kalinga Nagar.

This apart, there should be no age limit for the unemployed youth in the Sukinda area and we want immediate cancellation of previous appointment in JSL and a fresh selection in consultation with the district administration," said Suryakanta Biswal, secretary of the association.

Despite eight operational steel plants in the KalingaNagar steel hub we the technical qualified people are unemployed and polishing shoes for livelihood, Mr. Biswal added.


The association has threatened to continue such activities till the JSL authorities fulfill their demands and give employment to the local youths. Though the activists claimed to have polished the shoes of additional Superintendent of Police and Jajpur Collector, but they denied such.
 

Youths lock gate of Jindal steel for hours demanding job

Fri, 21 Dec 2007 19:24:00
They demanded appointment to the technical youths of the locality and high-level inquiry into the irregularities meted out during the selection of some ITI Trainees and Diploma Engineer Trainees to be absorbed in the plant.
By  
Amulya Kumar Pati
Jajpur, Dec 21 (Odisha.in)  Hundreds of unemployed youths under the banner of Sukinda Unemployed Technical Youth Association (SUTYA) staged an agitation before the Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL), located in Kalinga Nagar, the steel hub of India in Orissa's Jajpur district on Friday.

They demanded appointment to the technical youths of the locality and high-level inquiry into the irregularities meted out during the selection of some ITI Trainees and Diploma Engineer Trainees to be absorbed in the plant.

The youths led by the SUTYA president Dharmananda Ray also locked the entrance gate of the steel plant for over six hours and prevented man and material into the industry.

Works inside the plant was paralysed and production hampered following the agitation, which has resulted in huge loss to the organization. Later police reached at the spot and brought the situation under control.

They claimed despite repeated assurances the JSL authorities were not giving them appointments and appointing non-Oriyas and the outsiders in it.

"Nearly 2300 ITI and Diploma Engineers pass-outs had appeared in a written examination held by the company seven months back. But the authorities have called a few for final selection to be held on December 23, 24,25,26 and 27," said Suryamani Biswal, general secretary of the association.

"Earlier though JSL management had assured us to absorb all the technical youths of Sukinda area, but this time they called the aspirants on their choice by whom they have been gained over. There has been high-scale corruption during the short-listing the candidates," he alleged.

The locals also alleged that the company has violated all the norms of selection procedures of the aspirants. "The company called for viva seven months after the written examination and that too in a short notice.

Even it is also not disclosing how many ITI pass-outs it really wants," pointed out Ashotosh Mishra, general secretary of Vyasa Unemployed Youth Organisation, a forum formed for the interest of local unemployed youths in Kalinga Nagar.

"The JSL management is adopting an illegal practice in selecting ITI and Diploma Engineers Trainees. Some of the senior positions of the company have been bribed for issuing Viva letters to the candidates, appeared written test about seven months ago," Mr. Mishra said.

Is it proper forum on the part of General Manager (Human Resources) of JSL to negotiate the agitating people in a police station, he questioned.

In a press release the JSL authorities that some local self-styled & so called "SUTIYA " organizations want to take mileage and undue credit out of the selection procedure of ITI and Diploma Engineers Trainees & with their vested interest are trying to prevail upon the JSL-management to pressurize them to meet their ends.

The management has always given paramount consideration to the interest of the local youth. The unwanted interference by handful persons is building a threat on the future of the industrial growth as well as a serious set back to the economy of an up-coming state, it stated.

 

 
http://www.odisha.in/news/125/ARTICLE/1823/2007-11-16.html

Accident in Jindal steel plant: two critically hurt

Fri, 16 Nov 2007 17:34:00
Two of the security stewards sustained serious injuries during the erection of the power plant inside the plant premises, which was being carried out by L& T Company following hit by the Hydro machine.
By  
Amulya Kumar Pati
Jajpur, November 16 (Odisha.in) Tension prevailed high Friday in the Kalinga Nagar, the steel hub of India in Orissa's Jajpur district  after following an accident in the Jindal stainless Limited (JSL) plant premises in which two persons were injured.

 Both injured have been identified as safety stewards of the plant.According to Kalinga Nagar police station sources, the mishap occurred about 7.30 pm Thursday when the some safety stewards of the plant who were on duty were hit by a Hydro machine from behind in the Jindal Stainless Limited plant premises.

 Two of the security stewards sustained serious injuries during the erection of the power plant inside the plant premises, which was being carried out by L& T Company following hit by the Hydro machine.
 
The injured have been identified as Sunil Kumar Swain (45) and Subhransu Dubey (40). The injured were admitted to a private hospital at Cuttack in a critical condition.

Tension prevailed in the Kalinga Nagar Industrial complex area immediately after the mishap.

One platoon of police force has been deployed at the site. Unrest among the workers was on when reports last came in.

"After being seriously injured in the plant premises, both Sunil and Subhransu were rushed to a private hospital in Cuttack without any primary treatment at the government hospital, located in the industrial complex area jurisdiction," told K.C. Mund, Inspector-in-Charge of Kalinga Nagar police station.

"Though the situation is under controlled, discontentment is brewing among the JSL plant workers. One platoon of police force has been deployed at the site to maintain strict vigil," Mr. Mund added.

Jindal Stainless Contact Labourers Union (JSCLU) President, Bidyadhar Mohanty said, "Accident in Jindal Stainless Limited in Kalinga Nagar is chronic and it is pioneer in hijacking the injured after the mishap.

The plant is not taking safety measures for the work force despite repeated pleas by the workers and our union. That's why the accidents in the JSL are taking place regularly. Besides absence of a factory inspector at the steel hub creates an opportunity for the steel companies in the Kalinga Nagar steel hub to encash out of the situation".


In every accident why the JSL is avoiding local government hospital, situated in the industrial complex area in admitting the injured for primary treatment, he questioned. "This practice is to hide the mishap".

 It should be stopped immediately, otherwise the company has to a heavy price for the same", Mr. Mohanty threatened.
 
Naveen succumbs to Tata
Jharsuguda:9/July/2007
Now it is proved beyond doubt that Tata Group is calling shots in Orissa.

Since January 2, 2006 after Kalinga Nagar massacre it has been all along alleged that the Naveen Patnaik Government is favoring Tatas at the cost of the tribals.

But the State Government have always denied the allegations saying "the Government is for the people".

How ever it came to fore that the State Government is bending according to the wishes of Tatas. Take the case of the Tata Refractories Limited (TRL), a major plant of the Tata Steel.

TRL has been declared as a pollutant industry and it was asked to closed down.

The announcement came from no other than the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the floor the Assembly on July 2 here.

TRL, established since 1960 at Belphar in Jharsuguda district manufactures various types of refractory materials.

The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) decided to close down the pollutant TRL with immediate effect.

Accordingly Naveen Patnaik, who is holding Forest and Environment (F&E) portfolio, announced on July 2 in the floor of the Orissa Legislative Assembly (OLA) as the TRL is polluting the area it will be closed down.

He said in a written statement that the closure of the plant has already started since June 30 and various sections have been closed.

Remaining sections are scheduled to be closed down in a phased manner by July 5, keeping the safety and technical aspect in mind.

He said the action of the came in wake of the gross violation of the consent conditions stipulated by the SPCB.

Though the Chief Minister announced about the total closure of TRL by July 5, it was never closed down till date, alleged Anup Sai, legislator from Brajraj Nagar.

Revealing the details Sai alleged that the State Government has colluded with honchos of TRL and for public consumption the CM announced the closure in the floor of the OLA.

But the plant was never closed down and it is running with full vigor, revealed Sai.

"It was a joke on the people of Belpahar, who are suffering due to pollution caused by the TRL", said Sai.

He said that "he will bring a privilege motion against the CM as he has misled the House".

Sai alleged that "Naveen has succumbed to the pressure of Tata Steel".

       


 







  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 

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