VS calls for impartial probe into Kitex issue

Staff Reporter
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Visits company premises at Kizhakkambalam

Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan has recommended the constitution of a committee comprising officials from the district administration, the panchayat concerned, and the public to probe the Kitex company issue. The suggestion will be made to the State government, and such a committee should conduct an impartial inquiry, he has said.

Mr. Achuthanandan was speaking to presspersons at the Aluva Palace Guest House after visiting the Kitex company premises at Kizhakkambalam on Sunday.

He said he would not speak further on the issue, but the management and employees of the Kitex group of companies had agreed to a probe by an impartial committee.

He did not entertain questions on the submission by the State Pollution Control Board before the High Court of Kerala that there was no case of pollution by the Kitex company. He asked the media to ascertain facts about the complaint raised by the local people against the company.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Achuthanandan was given a warm reception on the Kitex company premises by thousands of employees of the company who waited for him nearly an hour in the blazing sun. He was received with a loud round of applause as he disembarked from his car and walked into the company’s production unit.

He took a brisk tour of the facilities at the Kitex garment-making unit. Chairman and managing director of the Kitex group Sabu M. Jacob accompanied him.

Mr. Jacob later said Mr. Achuthanandan had given him a patient hearing on the complaints raised by the people against the company and the refusal of the Kizhakkambalam panchayat to renew the company’s licence.

He said that senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the State had offered the Kitex group facilities in Gujarat for its proposed expansion plans to the tune of more than Rs.200 crore.

Mr. Jacob said the Kitex group had faced problems even during the tenure of the previous United Democratic Front government and pointed out that he had come out against the problems because it would help other units facing similar troubles.

He called on the State government to treat all investors equally, and alleged that it now appeared to favour foreign investors, considering the big publicity that went with the recent Emerging Kerala Summit 2012.

Mr. Jacob said several industrialists had called him up to offer support at this time of trouble for the company.

  • Says Kitex group has agreed to probe by an impartial panel

  • Kitex says BJP has offered it facilities in Gujarat




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