Govt to appoint committee to assess mill workers demand

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Puducherry, Oct 31 (UNI) The Puducherry administration would constitute a committee to study the issues confronting Swadeshi Cotton Mills and Sri Bharathi Textile Mills, including demand for a wage hike, Home and Labour Minister E Valsaraj said today.

In a release here, Mr Valsaraj, while referring to the workers' demand in the two mills for the salary hike and to bring it on a par with that of the clerical staffs, said the committee headed by a Judge would submit its recommendations within 90 days of its appointment. Till then the salary hike of the clerical staffs would be kept in abeyance, he added.

The workers of the two mills took out a procession yesterday and submitted memoranda to Lt Governor Govind Singh Gurjar, Chief Minister V Vaithilingam, the Labour Minister and Labour Welfare Minister, alleging that the salary of the celerical staffs were enhanced thrice after the mills were taken over by the Puducherry administration from the NTC.

The workers were, however, given an intrim relief of only Rs 600 during the period.


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