Some members of the families displaced by the Mangalore Special Economic Zone (MSEZ) project have threatened to approach the High Court against the proposal to provide jobs only to those trained in the Karnataka Polytechnic (KPT) here. They said the decision in this regard was discriminatory and one-sided.

The meeting held on June 13 between the trained members of the project displaced families and the district administration in the presence of district in-charge Minister J. Krishna Palemar decided to provide compensatory jobs to one member from each affected family, but sought to give priority to those already trained. It was announced that the members would get monthly a stipend of Rs. 10,000 till they got jobs.

As many as 411 candidates have been trained in KPT, while 650 are seeking direct jobs. The Permude-Bajpe-Kalavaru Samyukta Hitarakshana Samiti, which met here on Friday, said in a statement that those who had not been trained constituted 60 per cent of candidates, and hence, jobs should be given in the ratio of 60:40. The press release said many among the members who did not undergo training at KPT were engineers. Their interests were being sidelined and the decisions taken in the June 13 meeting were one-sided.

The samiti demanded that all job aspirants be given the monthly stipend of Rs. 10,000 and they should be given jobs in the MSEZ units by December 2012 with priority to those living in the area for the longest period. It also demanded that the 30 candidates, who had completed medical tests for appointment in an MSEZ unit, be given jobs immediately. Those who did not want jobs should be given a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh, the release said.

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