Staff Reporter

AITUC: move is against State’s industrial policy

Plans dharna before collectorate on November 14

ALAPPUZHA: Barely 24 hours before the land of the defunct Scooters Kerala Limited at Punnapra is to be handed over to the Cooperative Academy of Professional Education (CAPE) for an engineering college and business school, the Left-backed All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) has come out against the move.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, AITUC secretary and former MP T.J. Anjalose said the move to hand over the land to the cooperative sector for establishing an engineering college was against the declared industrial policy of the Left Democratic Front.

The AITUC would stage a dharna in front of the Alappuzha District Collectorate in protest against the move on November 14, he said.

Pointing out that the LDF had declared when it came to power that it would reopen all industries that were closed down, Mr. Anjalose said former Labour Minister T.V. Thomas had established the factory aiming at more employment opportunities.

However, at a time when getting land for such enterprises was turning out to be a difficult task, the government was giving away precious land, and the future of hundreds of employees to the cooperative sector.

The government should hand over the factory to willing parties so that the former employees could earn some sort of livelihood. The closure of the factory itself in 2003 by offering voluntary retirement schemes to employees was against the LDF’s policies.

AITUC district council president S. Karunakara Kurup said the November 14 dharna would also raise the re-opening of the Kerala Spinners, the sand brick factory at Pallippuram and the Pallippuram Industrial Growth Centre.