VISAKHAPATNAM: Praja Rajyam Party president K. Chiranjeevi on Monday described the lockout imposed on Chittivalasa Jute Mills as illegal and promised to take the initiative at the highest level to get it reopened within a week.
Expressing solidarity with the workers fighting for reopening of the mill at Chittivalasa near here, he said the State Government had failed in taking the initiative for lifting the stay on implementation of the GO declaring the lockout illegal.
The lockout was imposed about 10 months ago on plea of power cuts. After that the State Government issued a GO declaring it illegal and called for immediate initiative to lift the lockout. However, the management approached the court and obtained a stay.
Mr. Chiranjeevi, who received a memorandum from the workers, said generally lockouts were imposed due to labour unrest and prolonged agitations. But the in the case the Chittivalasa Jute Mills, which employs 5,200 permanent workers and 40,000 indirectly, the mill was closed on flimsy grounds without any provocation.
The actor-turned-politician said he would approach the government at the highest level to come to the rescue of the workers, who were rendered jobless due to the `illegal’ lockout.
Bhimili MLA and PRP leader M. Srinivasa Rao alleged that at a time when the jute mills were running in profits, the management of Chittivalasa Jute Mills had closed the mill due to reasons best known to it and demanded its opening. Earlier, he sat on a fast for a day to express solidarity with trade union leaders S. Eswara Rao, B. Narsinga Rao, Ch. Dharma Reddy, K. Yesudas and Ravva Narsinga Rao, who commenced fast-unto-death on behalf of Joint Action Committee of Workers’ Unions belonging to all parties.