CM appeals to AFT to reconsider proposed bandh

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Puducherry, Apr 24: Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy today appealed to the workers of the government owned Anglo French Textile (AFT) mill to reconsider their proposed 24-hour-bandh tomorrow, pressing for the provision of Central DA to the workers.

Replying to special mentions in this regard, moved by Mr Anbazhagan (AIADMK), Siva (DMK) and Lakshminarayanan (PMC), the Chief Minister said every worker was aware of the loss incurred by AFT every year. Last year the territorial administration had provided Rs 22 crore to the mill for payment of salary and how long such amounts could be released, he wondered.

Mr Rangasamy said several facts including whether central DA could be paid in industrial units, if adequate funds would be available, has to be taken into consideration and the administration could not provide all that workers demand.

He reminded that the mill was closed once and added that none of the mills here were making a profit and the government was releasing funds to pay salary. A committee had been constituted to go into all aspects and a decision could be taken as per its recommendations, he said and cautioned that the government should not be pressurised and pushed to a state of closure of the mills.

Stating that the bandh is irrelavant, he called upon the workers to reconsider it.

He said a two member committee on the lines of the one constituted for AFT would be constituted for the Jaiprakash Narayan spinning mill at Karaikkal and their problems on the salary would be resolved. Till then the workers would also be paid an interim relief of Rs 1,000, he said.

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