Visakha West MLA Malla Vijaya Prasad on Wednesday visited the Zinc Smelter and asked the management of Hindustan Zinc Limited to immediately disburse the salary of the employees.

HZL, in which Sterlite has nearly 65 per cent stake after its disinvestment during the NDA rule, suspended the operations at the Zinc Smelter here nearly a year ago. Mr. Prasad said salary disbursement for past three months had been stopped.

Demanding immediate release of salary, opening of canteen and operation of vehicles for the transport of employees, he said pending settlement through negotiations the employees should not be put into inconvenience.

HZL management stopped the production stating that they were facing problem in sourcing zinc concentrates -- the raw material from Rajasthan.